Aya Dajani draws inspiration from ancient Japanese mythology
Aya Dajani shot this photo – titled “Rift in Darkness – in August 2012 for a student photography exhibition at Hart House. Finding a “light in the dark” was the theme of the image. Dajani incorporated elements of ancient Japanese mythology, which grants one wish to a person who folds a thousand origami cranes – other stories promise eternal good luck, such as longevity or recovery from an illness.
Inspired by the legends, the fourth-year Woodsworth College student folded a dozen origami cranes with white paper to contrast the blackness of the photo. The girl is trapped in a helpless state with only one last flicker of hope – but the extra hand holding her down represents the difficulty of being lifted from the darkness.
During the exhibition, many attendees asked Dajani about the message behind the photo – but her goal was to create an image that relates to her audience on a personal level. “Everyone has those moments where things seem hopeless,” says Dajani, who is currently studying English at the University of Toronto. “Connecting to the audience is most important, and I think that’s what made me capture this story – I wanted to connect to people.”
Aya Dajani’s photo “Rift in Darkness” received an honourable mention in the altered images category at Hart House Camera Club’s 91st annual exhibition of photography.