The Hands Have It

October 11, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

People are, as I've written before, one of my favorite subjects to photograph. Especially when they are at their work, their posture, their eyes, and their hands say so much. It's a natural human attraction, I think, to be drawn to other humans. It is then my pleasure to turn that attraction into images to share. Here are a few such images, of hands, that I've made over the years.

One of my favorites, I shot this for the Town of Gilbert as part of a long-term photo project documenting scenes and events. The results was tens of thousands of images showing the town as it was and as it was becoming.

Blackhawk Composites location, where they manufacture cowlings for Blackhawk Modifications' Caravan Conversions. Cutting honeycomb with a knife — typical aerospace material. Though the hard details of the honeycomb and the knife are the focus, it is the fingers, straining to hold and to cut, that frame the shot.

Sikorsky Aerospace Maintenance A mechanic rests his hands on one of the engines he maintains. Even in repose I am intrigued by the details and, in this case, the contrast between the hard metals and the soft flesh.

Blackhawk Composites location, where they manufacture cowlings for Blackhawk Modifications' Caravan Conversions. The curve of the material is palpable because of how this assembler's hand folds and holds a pad of sandpaper against it.The texture, being smoothed by his effort, and the dust, being collected with the cheesecloth, come through to my hands.

The 9/11 Memorial pancake breakfast fund-raiser.

Back to Town of Gilbert — a pancake breakfast at Firehouse Number One. Makes me hungry just looking at it!

In still photos, where speech can't join the conversation, hands are often telling a story of their own. Look for them to tell you one.


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