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I made a new little friend for my crane in Born from the Hand. This was folded with a 6×6mm piece of paper, with tweezers and pins, resulting in a crane with wings 2.5mm long.

As I hold my creation, I feel like a God; I am the creator; I’ve created a life form so sharp and vulnerable in comparison to my hand. We can only understand size, fragility and significance when we compare two things. When we think, for example, how big the world is, we’re like tiny specks of sand, or even atoms, to the eyes of a God holding the earth in his palm.

It took 30 shots before getting one which was somewhat satisfying. Taken on April 7, 2008 with an Olympus FE-220.

For a better idea of scale:

Large crane

Small crane

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  • Mar Silva
    Mar Silvaalmost 7 years ago

    Delicate. Great work. What patience!

  • Thanks Mar. It required much more patiance to take the photo than the crane; believe or not; the photography was so annoying it makes the crane folding look easy; particularly because I was both the hand model and photographer!

    – Mui-Ling Teh

  • paulscar
    paulscaralmost 7 years ago

    OMG that is amazing!

  • salsbells69
    salsbells69almost 7 years ago

    Astounding talent and patience you have. Great skill to add. Love the perspective of this image showing the size. Well done~!

  • Thank you. It certainly would have been a lot easier to just show the two cranes alone, but I wanted to give a sense of scale to the work because that was what made it unique. It was difficult to keep both hands still (one holding the cranes, the other holding the camera).

    – Mui-Ling Teh

  • janpiller
    janpilleralmost 7 years ago

    Wow!!! they both so teeny!!! Amazing job! and a great photo too!

  • janpiller
    janpilleralmost 7 years ago

    I just showed these to my husband who knows how to make these and he’s totally blown away too!

  • Thank you Jan Piller. I’m delighted that you have shared my work with others; many thanks!

    – Mui-Ling Teh

  • edlogsdon
    edlogsdonalmost 7 years ago

    amazing work. nice presentation.

  • Thank you my friend:)

    – Mui-Ling Teh

  • Gail Bridger
    Gail Bridgeralmost 7 years ago

    Patience is a virtue, and you got lots. Amazing Mui-Ling Teh. You never cease to amaze. Love your work.

  • oh yeah, I needed a great deal of patience with this one; the little one especially was difficult to deal with; he got blown away by my breath a few times while I was trying to take the shot.

    – Mui-Ling Teh

  • Lam Tran
    Lam Tranalmost 7 years ago

    Excellent my friend, Great patience and amazing skill, well done. Great capture too, you can make it into a wonderful series.

  • Bright minds think alike my friend ;) I was planning on doing that! Stay tuned…

    – Mui-Ling Teh

  • mieclarke
    mieclarkealmost 7 years ago

    Amazing work Mui-Ling!! great patience….beautiful capture!

  • © Karin  Taylor
    © Karin Tayloralmost 7 years ago

    …your patience must be indestructible!!!
    ….i truly love this idea, so wonderful :)

  • Thank you Karin; it’s coming back to me. I’m thinking of doing more mini origami and other folding experiments in the future!

    – Mui-Ling Teh

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