n. pl. ful·crums or ful·cra

1. The point or support on which a lever pivots.

2. Zoology An anatomical structure that acts as a hinge or a point of support.

3. An agent through which vital powers are exercised.

He called me the fulcrum last night. Looked me in the eye with a slight sway in his step from too much indulgence and pulled me into a warm embrace. I knew it was one of the last for a while. It’s coming to the end, our time together and we are on the brink of picking up our lives where we left off 9 months ago, but picking up with a different set of hands. A little more well-versed in our craft, a little more hopeful with knowing that we are not the only ones who approach life from the other side of a piece of glass and perhaps a little more nervous because for many of us, we have come to this from change. The change that demands that we make a commitment to beliefs which may or may not yield… Beliefs in the power of the image, beliefs in our tenacity, our will. The possibility of survival in what has been labelled as a bleak time for our industry. And perhaps in my relative youth and naivety, my commitment to these beliefs are high – because I know the hearts of the people who have been on this road with me, and I can only say that beyond a doubt, we have vision, a multitude of voices with the power to be heard and above all, we are hungry.

~ For my peers at ICP, it was a pleasure and an honour to learn with you.

Author: Ying Ang

Based between Melbourne, Singapore and New York, Ying Ang is a photographer of social anthropology and contemporary developments. Her interests lie in creating visual content for print, web and installation, exploring a range of formats, styles and creative collaborations. Ying has exhibited internationally in group and solo shows, in addition to working for clients such as The Wall Street Journal on editorial features. She has recently graduated as valedictorian for the 2009-2010 class of Documentary Photography and Photojournalism at The International Centre of Photography and is currently a participant in the Reflexions Masterclass of 2011-2012. Ying has lived and worked in and around Asia, Australia and North America, having pursued academic training in Communications and Political Science. She was awarded the Women in Photojournalism Award by the NPPA in 2009 and has recently exhibited her personal work at FotoGrafia Festival di Roma, Angkor Photo Festival 2010, and most recently at the Head On Festival 2011 in Sydney. Ying Ang is a member of the MJR photo collective, alongside Mustafah Abdulaziz, Matthew Craig, Julius Metoyer, Gareth Phillips and Brandon Thibodeaux.

3 thoughts on “Fulcrum”

  1. One of the MOST BEAUTIFUL speeches/photographers I have ever witnessed. Keep on shining you crazy star….

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