2008 year end thoughts

©Stella Kalaw
If there is anyone out there who still doubts that America is a place where all things are possible, who still wonders if the dream of our founding fathers is still alive in our time, who still questions the power of our democracy, Tonight is your answer.
President Elect Barack Obama, Grant Park- Chicago, IL

One word sums up 2008 for me: HOPE. I have never seen it manifest like it did this year especially with Barack Obama's historical journey to the White House. It was palpable everywhere. I have been moved on several occasions hearing stories of hope's power to ignite something inside us and make us reach for the impossible. At this moment in time, hope triumphed over cynicism and I am savoring it.

In my own life, it is hope that allows me to remain resolute in creating the work I believe in regardless whether it finds an audience or not. When I think back five years ago when the odds were stacked against me, it was hope that kept me going. I continued to move forward, slowly building my personal projects over a long period of time. And some of that steadfast work has paid off. I am truly thankful for all the wonderful opportunities that came my way this year and to everyone who believed and supported me.

The road is always uncertain in this photographic journey but I know that hope will carry me through as I welcome the new year.