Kintsugi

 

Kintsugi

Kintsugi is the Japanese art of repairing cracked or broken pottery. Where the broken pieces are joined with gold.

‘Wear you scars with pride and rejoice, for you have healed, and become stronger and more beautiful than before.

Celebrate your unique history, for without it, you cannot be what you are to become.’

This is my final image in the Albatross series. There are a few more I want to create to slot into the middle, but this is the end piece.

Kintsugi is the result of the journey through the albatross project. It is healing and rebirth. Getting this image right was really important and it took a long time in post production.

Construction:

Nikon D700, 50mm, f4.5, 1/80, ISO 500. The gold paint was warped and transformed to create different and connecting shapes. I used a lot of dodge and burn to create highlights and shadows in the correct places and researched Kintsugi objects to see how the paint reacted in the light.

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