Sometimes life flows seamlessly from one perfect moment to the next, but often we face struggles, insecurities and setbacks that leave us broken. What will become of the pieces?

We live in a world today that considers damaged things as unworthy of our time; nothing more than unwanted interference in our drive forward. The art of repairing something, and in the process making it more beautiful, tells us that it is fine to have flaws. It urges us to express profound respect for rejected, forgotten objects and give them the status of exclusivity and nobility.

To produce “Golden Scars,” I use aluminum plates and photograph my subjects with my 80-year-old Eastman Kodak large-format camera. The images are created with the wet plate collodion tintype process. The series was inspired by Kintsukuroi, the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery with gold or silver lacquer. It is understood that the piece is more beautiful for having been broken.

I want to stimulate viewers to think, to make their own interpretations and associations about who and what we are, and to reflect about why we act the way we do.

—Zelko Nedic

Editors’ Note: Zelko Nedic is a member of the LensCulture Network, an initiative we launched with the idea of offering talented, accomplished photographers a place to showcase their work on a global stage while also giving them a place to share, learn and engage with one another. The LensCulture Network began with a small number of hand-picked members, and we are very excited to watch it grow and evolve.

If you’re interested in seeing more work like this, we’d recommend the following articles: All Lines and Diagonals, photo-based collages created from decades of artistic scraps; Threads, a series of delicately embroidered photographs that speak to our relationship with the environment; and Textural Landscapes, a project that incorporates delicate embroidery and powerful landscape photography.