This morning I braved the cold and drove a couple of hours out of Melbourne to the University of Ballarat where I was booked to present Positive Posters to the 2nd year students. I’ve grown up in Melbourne my whole life. I’ve lived, worked, and studied 15-20 mins out of the CBD for 23 years. Driving 125+ km’s through often empty paddock and farming land, can really give you some perspective on a cold Monday morning.
I started thinking about a conversation I had with Sarah about an email she received from one of this years entrants who was from Egypt. He was replying to an interview that she conducted with him and mentioned that for him, the most exciting part of the competition was that he might get his poster pasted up around Melbourne as this was not possible where he lived.
How lucky are we to live in a country/part of the world, where we have the ability, if we so choose, to paste up printed messages on our city streets? This simply can not happen in some countries. It would be a serious breach of the law, but here we can and we are and we should continue to do so.
Until today, I don’t think I have really understood the significance of what we are attempting to do. For some people printing and pasting up a poster on the streets of Melbourne means far more than simply promoting the winning entry. It is clear that to some our posters represent freedom of choice and speech.
I see no boundaries in Melbourne and I see no boundaries internationally. I’ve said since day one, that I would love to see our posters in as many places as possible all over the world. The more difficult a place to get to, the more controversial the location, the more security surrounding it the better.
After this mornings drive, I am more determined than ever to get this years poster to as many places as possible.