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#Photography #Vanessa Winship #Documentary photography #Landscape #Landscape photography #Mack Books #The Great Leap Sideways
"If the major notes in this work revolve around connection and unity, separation and forgetting, then it is because they are built on a certain faith in the virtues of seeing the world as though everything were animate, essentially connected, and ceaselessly speaking in a way that can be clarified by the arbitrary but persuasive poetry of a photographic image. Looked at in this way, the opening image of the book depicts both a ripple in water and a mirror, the line of connecting sight drawing together attention and distance in a momentary unity so that we, looking in from outside, are bound up together, even as we acknowledge our separation from the individuated attractions of the subject delivered to us in the image. Subject and sight reciprocally constituting one in relation to an other. Seeing, in this sense, becomes a permanent possibility of recognising difference while refusing to be reduced to it, or as the poet Isabella Gardner wrote, “the specific and particular recognition of one human being by another — the response by eye and voice and touch of two solitudes. The democracy of universal vulnerability.” It is in this way that this work manages to show that we can be changed by something as ineffably minor as a photograph."
— from “The Democracy of Universal Vulnerability”, an essay on Vanessa Winship’s new book She Dances on Jackson, just published at thegreatleapsideways.com