Photo of the Month
Rift in Darkness

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.


Reader Comments

# 1
Posted by Hadi Ahmad BCom%202014 on July 10th, 2013 @ 3:29 pm

Awesome job Aya! Love the picture, keep up the great work 🙂

# 2
Posted by Maher Dajani BSc%201985 on July 12th, 2013 @ 3:25 am

Best pic of all times… you’re inspiring. .. keep forward… God bless

# 3
Posted by Michael 8T0 on December 12th, 2013 @ 11:11 am

Creative work. Well Done!

# 4
Posted by Akef Qusous. M.Sc.%201989 on July 12th, 2016 @ 11:35 am

Brilliant Ms. Aya.

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