12 May Peace in 10,000 Hands
Opportunities or Just Extra Work
Every now and then, opportunities come up – except, sometimes they come disguised as extra work and it can be easy to dismiss it as just that.
We’ve just finished up filming a really busy wedding season, and now Gray has editing up to his eyeballs! And there really is nothing I can do to help him with it – the process is time consuming, creative and doesn’t work within a 9 to 5 working day – so when I received a phone call from artist Stu, and he told me about his global launch event and he shared the story of his art project and would we like to gift our involvement by ‘doing what we do’ by filming and editing up a clip for this part of his journey – I said ABSOLUTELY! Much to Gray’s dismay (because I quite often do that, which usually means extra work for him).
But when I told Gray about it – he got it.
Peace in 10,000 Hands
Stu’s vision is to challenge and re-invigorate the conversation around peace by creating a global art project, where he highlights the similarities of the human condition by photographing a single white rose, an ancient symbol of peace, in the hands of 10,000 people from every country and every nationality on the planet. The hands could be anyone’s, and he’s photographed celebs and randoms alike, without prejudice – just spreading the idea and concept and capturing it photographically. But it doesn’t stop there – he then gifts amazing limited edition imagery to worthwhile and carefully chosen not-for-profit charities that focus on educating children on how to apply tolerance and knowledge to build a more peaceful world.
Stu is a really successful businessman. Really, really successful. So often, we see the excesses of a successful lifestyle – cars, property, fancy engagements, bla bla bla … so when someone like that, goes forth into the world and does something like this, not because he has to, but because he can, while at the same time, bearing his creativity to all, in the form of his art (which can be really scary because we are all human after all), I think it’s ballsy, and above all, responsible on a global level.
Let’s Do It
Phew! My mind boggles at the sheer scale of that vision and level of responsibility. I struggle just to create peace at the dinner table or on a car trip, let along creating a lasting legacy of peace on earth!
Stu and Semele, I honour you both, and what better way for Gray and I to share just a little bit in your vision, than lending our time and talent to such a worthy, worthy cause.
So, let’s be honest – we don’t all have the time and tenacity to set about being a force for good – but we can contribute in a little way. Even if it’s just liking on Facebook or following their Twitter. Get involved! Check out these links for #peacein10000hands