21 March 2011

Cranes

Like most people, I have been following the tragedy of Japan with a feeling of helplessness, wishing I could do something for the people but knowing that there really isn't much I can do. Then Nidhi showed me this group, and I jumped at the idea. A prayer for peace, a hope for a better tomorrow, the act of creating something beautiful and doing it with hundreds of other people all over the world made it seem so life affirming and positive.

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The crane is a mystical, holy creature in Japan - it represents luck, good fortune, and long-life. It is believed to live for a thousand years, making it a symbol of longevity.

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The act of folding cranes, specifically 1000 cranes (senbazuru), one for each year of its life, is said to make the folder's wish come true.

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Strings of one thousand paper cranes are often sent to places where tragedy has struck as a symbol of hope & healing.



For you, Japan.

PS: I (subconsciously, but to my delight) incorporated minimalism into these photos, having read the wonderful article "Minimalism: Using Negative Space in your Photographs" on dPS a few days ago.

UPDATE: Miya Company has started a 1000 Cranes for Japan project, and they will donate $5 for every photo of an origami crane they receive to Save the Children for Japan's relief and recovery, along with a collage of contributed photos. Go ahead and do your bit!

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March '11
Canon EOS 500D

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