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Friday, November 5, 2010

Going the Distance

Matthew Ngui | Singapore/ Australia b.1962 | Swimming: at least 8 points of view 2007
I swim 3 miles a week. I have been doing this for a long time. The older I get the longer it takes me to do this distance, but I still do it. My slightly obsessive nature might account for some of this activity, but not all of it. Making a decision to start a project might be an easy or difficult act, depending on a person’s personality traits. Sticking to the project is the difficult part, as has been quoted by Jeanne-Claude, (the wife of Christo) “The concept is easy. Any idiot can have a good idea. What is hard is to do it.”

Not only is the hard part doing it, the even harder part is sticking to the truth of your original idea, and seeing that undiluted idea through to its conclusion. I have yet to hear an interview with either a film or theater director who has stated that their finished product is the exact vision that they had when they started out. And these are famous people who, in the case of film directors, have final cut privileges and editorial control. So to be involved in a project that might have the chance of being realized with its original intent intact is rare indeed, and an incentive to go the distance.
— John Katz


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