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Self-Portrait with miniature golden origami paper cranes on candle sticks.

Composition wise this wasn’t a very easy photo to take; or at least I wasn’t sure what was the best. I actually took this along with several other versions a few months ago but could never get my head around to which I was most satisfied with. Earlier I preferred a version where the candles were not as exposed, but today started thinking that it is nicer for them to be brighter; I could always change my mind again in the future :P

I purposely folded the cranes a bit bigger in order to work with the concept; each folded from 15×15mm pieces of golden paper. I taped a wire to the top of each of the candles, then slid the wire into a hole at the bottom of each crane:

The paper crane symbolizes peace, and according to an ancient Japanese legend, folding 1000 origami cranes makes a person’s wish come true. We also tend to make wishes when blowing out birthday candles. Origami cranes and birthday candles both having that element of wishing in common was my inspiration behind this image – so with each year, there is another crane…

Make a wish…

Taken with an Olympus Fe-340.


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  • Vasile Stan
    Vasile Stanover 3 years ago

    Beautiful composition and concept, dear Mui-Ling.
    I wish you that all your wishes come true as you envisioned them.

  • You are very kind Vasile, thank you very much.

    – Mui-Ling Teh

  • cherylc1
    cherylc1over 3 years ago

    WOW!! Gorgeous!!!

  • Thank you always Cheryl; thanks for the fav as well!

    – Mui-Ling Teh

  • Tainia Finlay
    Tainia Finlayover 3 years ago

    Such a beautiful concept Mui-Ling and wonderfully executed! Truly gorgeous :)

  • Kasia-D
    Kasia-Dover 3 years ago

    Exquisite cranes in gold – what a wonderful idea for a composition! May all your wishes come true.


  • Thank you Kasia.

    – Mui-Ling Teh

  • Lenka
    Lenkaover 3 years ago

    Nicely symbolic :)
    I like the contrast of very light candles against darker background that still shows part of your face. Best wishes, my friend!

  • Thank you so much Lenka, you have been a great friend.

    – Mui-Ling Teh

  • Varinia   - Globalphotos
    Varinia - Gl...over 3 years ago

    Beautiful !

  • crescenti
    crescentiover 3 years ago

    nice taken. good idea.

  • Thank you very much; glad you like this, Thanks for the fav as well.

    – Mui-Ling Teh

  • Rainy
    Rainyover 3 years ago

    ฺBeautiful work Mui-Ling!

  • WhiteDove Studio kj gordon
    WhiteDove Stud...over 3 years ago

    excellent idea……………so clever you are…………..aloha wahini……..
    .and happy birthday even if it isn’t……………..celebrate every day as if it is…………

  • James Gibbs
    James Gibbsover 3 years ago

    So cute! Great idea!

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