Friday, April 18, 2008

One of my favorite things...


Since I was a child, I loved observing people's hands.  I feel that our hands say so much about a person, and if you have never noticed...hands do not hide your real age or hard work!  I can probably describe in detail what people's hands look like long before I could remember what they were wearing at a past event.  I just love how they are so unique to each person and the strength and tenderness behind someone's hands speaks volumes to me. 

Just recently I realized that I need to combine this passion for photography with my love of hands.  I really wanted to capture my Grandmurna's hands on my last trip home and I love how this picture captured that moment in time.  Her hands have always been embedded in my memory from a young age.  I can always remember her rolling her thumbs as she sat and watched us play (by the way...this is what she is doing in the picture above except she is now watching my children play!)  I remember how she always rubbed her fingers together in between dialing numbers on the old rotary phone in her kitchen.  I love to watch her hands as she cooks. Those magical materpieces have been the blessings from heaven that have provided our family with some of the best culinary experiences of our lives.  I love her hands.

So this is just a start for me in taking pictures of people's hands.  Strange hobby I know, but it is mine and I love it.  Now, don't everyone start wearing gloves around me!  I guarantee when I get you, you won't even know it (just like Grandmurna had no idea I took this one of her)!

6 comments:

Geo said...

That is an AWESOME photo! Can I buy one? The combination of coloring, the lighting and the subject matter is perfect!

Your and your camera are going places!

Serious Melissa, I'm overcome by this photo. It really does capture Mom without showing the smile I'm sure she had on her face while she watched her greatgrands playing.

Thank you very much for sharing this photo.

Sarah said...

Hands really are so interesting and speak volumes. I think it's great you're going to document them. The picture of your grandma's hands is absolutely gorgeous.

Photo Alli said...

BEA-utiful! See... when you photograph what you are passionate about it will come through in your work. I absolutely am blown away with this photograph. It speaks volumes. Incredible job.

Barbara Manatee said...

Wow! Great photo! Ironic that you post this. My grandmother just passed away this week and we were talking the other day about a newspaper article they did about her years ago. She and my grandfather made THOUSANDS of rosaries to send to missionaries overseas. They estimate that they made almost 100,000! The paper did an article about them and the photo was just my grandma's hands, beading a rosary. I can still picture it today. Beautiful!

Amy Mc. said...

I love this picture. I have always loved my Grandmothers hands also. You could just always feel her love for us whenever she used them. That picture is excellent.

Anonymous said...

I love this...I have tears in my eyes. I have always loved watching my Mama's hands too. They were never still even when she was asleep. The other night just as Jake fell asleep he did what she always did with her hands. Although she is not here in person, a part of her is in Jake. Thank you for reminding me of this today. Thank you for sharing...I love this about you!