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Nice to meet you, my name is Nessie.
I have lived in Loch Ness since I was a baby.

My origami calendar

The Loch Ness monster is one of the most famous examples of cryptozoology and has been affectionately referred to by the nickname Nessie

(Source: Wikipedia)

So back when I was doing my internship in London, that mobii decided to throw another challenge at me despite that I was busy and didn’t have time :P I also couldn’t come up with a clever idea for a long time; I don’t simply like to fold something small and snap a photo of it; I like to create a scenario.

Last night in my sleep an idea occurred to me and today I did some experiments with water, glass bottles and flashlights to create some watery effects. I was afraid that I would have trouble with this as a standard camera is typically no good under dim light; but I actually didn’t spend too much time on this; and it was rather fun. Perhaps not the most dramatic but I can’t help it because I don’t have a good camera and my “studio” is very small :o)

For me it’s more about the origami and the concept anyways.

Nessie was folded from a 6×6mm piece of paper. This photo was taken with an Olympus FE-340, Septembre 21, 2009 – super macro mode; untouched, straight from the camera.

For a better idea of scale

And the messy Nessie set-up

views: 725 as of April 6 2011

This work has been feature in:
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Alternative Process and Experimental Photography



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  • linaji
    linajiover 5 years ago

    Nessie never had it so good.. right here on your finger.. superb execution of your dream time.. still thrill me to see your ability to create at this infinite level!!

  • Thank you Lina! I’m glad to be back at this again :)

    – Mui-Ling Teh

  • Colleen Milburn
    Colleen Milburnover 5 years ago

    This is so incredibly creative – fantastic!!

  • Thank you very much Colleen. And thank you for adding me to your watchlist as well.

    – Mui-Ling Teh

  • Jason D. Laderoute
    Jason D. Lader...over 5 years ago

    A micro Monster,
    You are most certainly one of many talents Mui-Ling

  • lol, yeah it is a micro monster :P

    Speaking of which; there are many rumours about Nessie spottings being mistaken for other things. After all, if you just see it in water itself without any other scale references, you don’t know how big a thing you are looking at. Some say that what looks like the head and neck could just be an elephant trunk or a toy submerine. And what looks like a giant monster swimming in the lake could just be a small creature or a bunch of small creatures moving quickly.

    – Mui-Ling Teh

  • Lori Peters
    Lori Petersover 5 years ago

    My daughter has a Nessie shirt that I bought her years ago from a Scottish import store. A great legend and a great picture. xo

  • I’m curious now :) Thank you for your lovely comment Lori! xo

    – Mui-Ling Teh

  • Gregory John O'Flaherty
    Gregory John O...over 5 years ago

    :-) You are amazing !!!

  • Thanks Greg! Well it’s bedtime for me now.

    – Mui-Ling Teh

  • mobii
    mobiiover 5 years ago

    You did it! Wonderful work Mui-Ling. I realized too late that I was commenting on your post on my own page. Sorry about that. Such a wonderful photo effect. I knew you would step up to a challenge. :)

  • mobii
    mobiiover 5 years ago

    I find it sad that every photo of Nessie has been exposed as a fraud. It doesn’t really matter if she is real or not. Maybe somethings should just be enjoyed and left alone.

  • jillijude1
    jillijude1over 5 years ago

    WOW O WOW… how did you fold it that small…. its stunning i love it brilliant thanks

  • Thank you very much jillijude. I use tweezers to do my miniature origami; sometimes needles as well.

    – Mui-Ling Teh

  • Enivea
    Eniveaover 5 years ago

    Brilliant! Love the story. And yes…I believe in Nessie:-))

  • Thank you so much Enivea!

    – Mui-Ling Teh

  • jockey
    jockeyover 5 years ago

    such a clever person you are Mui.

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