COMMUNITY BEAUTY: Lisa Clarke, Portrait of a City photographer, and Sarah Lewis, public art co-ordinator, get ready for the Rockhampton River Festival with the life-size prints of community members.
COMMUNITY BEAUTY: Lisa Clarke, Portrait of a City photographer, and Sarah Lewis, public art co-ordinator, get ready for the Rockhampton River Festival with the life-size prints of community members. Allan Reinikka Rokastreeta

Lisa Clarke faces up to River Festival challenge

FAMILIAR faces will cover Rockhampton's Southside alleyways this July during the Rockhampton River Festival.

Lisa Clarke is one of many artists featured in the four-day long celebrations, with her photographic work focused on local community members titled Portrait of a City.

Lisa said she was thrilled to be part of the region's newest festival project.

"I have been in Rockhampton for three years... we have done a series of portraits of everyday Rockhamptonites, to break down some of the stereotypes," she said.

"There are a lot of misconceptions about the way people from Rocky are, but once you get under the surface the people are what makes the town."

Lisa said one of her photo favourites was Harry the Beekeeper.

"He has striking green eyes... and he has his smoker dangling in one hand. The look on his face and the whole essence of the photo is what makes it," she said.

"To find the people I tried to get as diverse a mix as possible... I definitely wanted our indigenous population to be represented as well."

Sarah Lewis, the public art co-ordinator for the Rockhampton River Festival, said they had five major projects in store for the festival.

"All of them involve the community in some way, either using local artists or are made by the local community... we are very excited about the community participating element," she said.

"It really is a beautiful place, full of stories, interesting characters and talented artists."

The project counts up to 30 community participants.

The Rockhampton River Festival starts on July 9.



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