This quote I read today on an Artists explanation for their artwork they submitted for an Art Prize I have been promoting for 6 years – The Gallipoli Art Prize. Written by Martin Luther King Jr, this quote has somehow struck a cord with me and I’ve been thinking about it all day, amid the rush of the Art Prize’s announcement and handling the media, artists and the client.
This client is special to me, seen by some as a fuddy duddy group of old fellows, but what I loved today, as with all years, was the wide range of people being in one room, from 10 to 80 years old, all chatting about the world and getting on famously. Amidst this I met representatives of the Turkish and New Zealand Consulate and Kathryn Griener, who was representing the Anzac Centenary Committee. Also there were diggers from Vietnam, WW2 and Afghanistan. Its always an interesting day.
Also great is that its a rare time for the journalists and photographers to mingle amongst the fantastic refreshments the Gallipoli Club offers. They are all competing for stories and from opposition outlets. I loved seeing The ABC, Fairfax, Daily Tele, The Australian and AAP photographers each discuss and give advice to each other on what the best camera angles were and who should take which shot. There was however competition over who got the last fresh prawn!
Also in the room was a man that once was my friend but who did some despicable and disloyal things to me. I was shocked to see him, he knowing full well I would be there working and I knowing he was not on the invitation list. Somehow this quote got me through seeing him.
Somehow this quote rings true for all today had on offer.
I will try and remember this quote – when things get tough, people do the wrong thing to me and each other.