One of us by Giacomo Favilla

We recently did an origami competition for an event at work. It got me thinking about my origami photography series Origami Me and I wondered what other photographers had done with this beautiful art form.

After some short research I found One of us, a project by Italian Photographer Giacomo Favilla

“They are like one of us. Or rather, we aspire to be like them.”

Origami mask by Francesca Lombardi.
Puma Origami mask folded by Francesca Lombardi, designed by Roman Diaz

Humans and animals become like one in this surreal series. With the perfect blend between reality and fantasy the masked portraits are both magical and realistic, almost like a dream.

‘One of us’ is an exclamation. The same words the Freaks sang in the 1930s cult movie that challenged the concept of normality. In a scene of the film it’s the monsters who accept a “normal” person as one of theirs, in a world turned upside down – in which not only are the physical idiosyncrasies of the circus characters normal, but they hide a good nature that seems to contradict their monstrous aspect.

Absorbed in the black and white atmosphere they appear to tell us that there’s no difference between man and animal, they are like us, in a mythology that blends our world with theirs and stimulates our thinking, by declaring that we’re on the same level.

– One of us exhibition text extract

The choice to use harsh lighting and edit in black and white was a good decision, it really emphasises the folds and edges of the paper masks.

Knowing the context of the project definitely enhances this series, taking away human identity to show that animals/beasts and us are equals is a powerful statement and one that I wholly support.

Origami Me cntd.

Origami me is a project I did at the beginning of Phonar. It’s the first project in a long time I am actually quite proud of, I wanted to add it to my online photo sites like deviantART, 500px and flickr but the series is quite long and especially with sites like deviantART it’s easy for the series to become disjointed, this series it’s important it stays as a series, so i decided to combine the images.


This is not how I would like to display the project, I think it works better as a series of single images, maybe I could try a .gif

Apparently a gif is limited to 10 images so that idea won’t work.

Document my Journey to school…

I wanted to talk a bit about the lighting before you see the pictures. I made a conscious decision to have more faith in my abilities and set up the lighting prior to taking any photos. I knew I wanted a soft light because it would compliment the fold in the paper well, for this reason I used my bed side tabled lamp. Fearing it would still be to aggressive on the delicate and intricate origami I decided I would reflect the light onto the paper by using a mirror. All set up and I was ready to go, and to my delight the lighting turned out just how I imagined it, strong enough to create interesting shadows and make the origami have depth, whilst not being so harsh the images become agressive.

Time for the images…

Origami Me

This project looks at my journey to where I am now in my school life. My last year. I have always loved being in the education system, this series is a visual story of how school and university has helped me to grow and become more confident. Daisy.

At the current point in my education this is where I am. A nearly fully bloomed flowers. Hoping the next year will push me to become this…