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Clockwork Heart by Gosia Clockwork Heart by Gosia
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This idea was inspired by the book Clockwork Heart by Dru Pagliassotti.

To make this photo, I took apart an antique windup wrist watch and placed the internal gear piece inside of a heart locket. The watch piece does work (if you wind it up the gears will move), but it is not physically attached to the locket; more precisely, it is merely resting atop of the locket. I have now reassembled the watch (since I still want to be able to wear it on my wrist), and the locket is once again empty.

The background on which the locket is laying is actually a gift bag. I took the shot from above pointing the lens down. I used two lamps with one positioned really close on the right side, creating the bright spot you can see in the top corner of the image.

The composition isn't perfect. The watch piece is a bit large and I would have preferred it to fit more neatly into the locket, but I didn't want to take the gears apart in fear that I wouldn't be able to put it all back together again. Nonetheless, I'm quite happy with how the overall image turned out.


- Nikon D70, Nikkor 28-80mm f/3.3-5.6G AF lens, +10 close up lens
- Square crop, color & contrast adjustment, sharpening, noise reduction (PS CS4)


Copyright Malgorzata Krawczyk (aka Gosia)

My photos are NOT stock images and may NOT be used in any way without my expressed, written permission.
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Clockwork Heart by ~Gosia ( Featured by Kaz-D )
toklos Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2014
This is a fabulous piece of art, thanks for sharing and providing the background info to how it was made.
MeljeuG Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
love it!
Sarah-BK Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I love how not only is the picture gorgeous, but you put so much effort into composing this - even pulling apart your watch!
Thank you also for the description - very informative and lovely to read :)
music-drop Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
You have been featured here: [link] :hug:
chieflama Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012  Professional Photographer
Beautiful simply beautiful ^^
StolenHartNovel Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Love it :DD
A14MR Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Awesome lock :)
Like the shot
Mytrinketsoflife Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
awesome pic
Insaneymaney Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
this is so cool. I'd totally buy it...
FoolSightBlind Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2012
this is great, makes you want to read the book, but the photo tells it's own story
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