There is something magical to me about paper cranes.
It is truly a humbling experience to visit Hiroshima, and see the remains of the A-Bomb Dome for the first time. Within the grounds of the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park lies the Children’s Peace Monument, dedicated to all of the children who were affected by the atomic bomb. It is also dedicated to Sadako Sasaki, a little girl who got sick after the explosion, and later died from its effects. Her goal to fold a thousand cranes, and have her deepest wish come true before her death has enhanced the mythology around paper cranes, and seen them become a symbol of hope and peace throughout the world. The memorial area is filled with thousands upon thousands of cranes made from all over the world, and the sight of them has stayed with me to this day.
For this photo light painted bokeh was used in contrast with the cranes, to create something that captures their dreamy mysticism, and the peace that they represent to me.
This photo is as shot in camera.