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Spotted Crane, Process Diptych | Johnny Tang Photo
A diptych of a square piece of paper with dots on a wooden floor, with a picture of a crane with dots on a wooden floor.

Spotted Crane, Process Diptych


I knew I wanted to shoot the final product in the snow, so my goal starting out was to specifically fold 1000 white paper cranes. However after making the first 50 or so, I was already bored out of my mind. So I started drawing on the cranes to keep myself interested in the project. Eventually I figured out that when I unfolded a finished crane, the crease marks on the paper make perfect blueprint for how the crane will look in its finished form (actually, I learned this from a TED talk by a contemporary origami artist named Robert J. Lang). By the end of the folding process I probably had close to 100 or so unique “designer” cranes, each one with it’s own style, concept, and idea. The majority of them look awful, but I think this was a more successful one.

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