...behold this extraordinary collection of layered paper athletes.
First, the back story... about a year ago Raya was contacted by a photographer who asked her to create a series of figures that would represent the Olympics in paper to add to his collection of stock images.
Rays explains, "The whole concept of this design was to express movement using paper. The added texture, light and volume that the technique provides reinforces the fluidity of the pieces."
"Digitalising each figure to achieve the correct posture was a challenge that required a huge team effort to get just the right positioning. Of course each section needed to be the exact shape to attain the look of the curve."
"Then came the cutting... I hand cut all of the pieces and used tiny 3mm separators to assemble them. It was a huge job as some of the figures have around 150 tiny pieces and up to 500 separators. The project required many, many hours of work, but the end result was very satisfying for me."
When the series was complete, Raya worked with photographer Leo García Méndez (@leocroma) to create the images you see here with colorful backgrounds, as well as minimalistic white.
I'm partial to the ones in which Raya is holding the figure in front of natural greenery, but goodness, each photograph is exceptional, isn't it? Not to mention they have me looking forward to the Summer Olympics!
Follow along on Instagram with Raya Sader Bujana to see even more figures and additional projects.