Visions for 2009

No marks for originality here.  This is a headline that you will have seen countless times over the last few days.  I'm always struck by the nature of our 'visions' - my own are usually tortuous descriptions, inarticulate mumblings or over-ambitious declarations.  Nothing very visual; words, in fact.  And even the most skilled writers will admit that there are fundamental limits to language and that what we can say doesn't necessarily reflect what we know or can do.  

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Meanwhile... I have been impressed by David Alan Harvey's Vision for 2009 at Burn an online magazine dedicated to encouraging and supporting emerging photographers.  David's vision is to offer $10,000 to sponsor a particular body of work by an aspiring photographer.  Burn is a spinoff from David's 'Road Trips' blog and he brings his photographers and colleagues with him.  Some of my favourites are Patricia Lay-Dorsey's 'Falling' photo essay and Anton Kusters' 'Sugar.' Both fall into the space where the emotional pull of the imagery is much bigger than anything we might try to describe in words.