Last night I received the above photo from my contact at the Art Gallery of New South Wales in Sydney Australia. The image shows the entrance to their exhibit of Afghanistan – Hidden Treasures from the National Museum Kabul, featuring pieces from the famous Bactrian Horde dating back to the time of Alexander the Great. Some very dedicated Afghans risked their lives to keep this national treasure safe from the likes of the Taliban and others, and the tale is worthy of an adventure movie.
The reason the image was sent to me is because the large mural in black and white featured at the entrance to the exhibit is a photograph of the mountainous terrain east of Kabul is a photograph I donated to the project! The image was requested some months ago for use in the exhibit, but I had no idea it would be the focal point as visitors entered the exhibit. I will be forever grateful to the folks at the Art Gallery of New South Wales for including my work in the exhibit.
This is one of those personal achievements that while never expected, added to the list of things that made enduring a year in Afghanistan all the more worthwhile. I set out to document my time in Afghanistan as a record for my children and grandchildren, but ended up with a mural in one of the most prestigious art museums in the world!