Holding On

Hands are one of the most expressive parts of the human anatomy. Over the years, I’ve photographed them many times. Painters love to draw them. Sculptors shape them. Each digit has a role, as does the palm, the veins on the back, the gentle slope and turn of the wrist.

The hands in this image have a short story to tell. What are they doing? Are they moving, or holding something? Are they letting go, or trying to grasp? Is there an embrace hidden in the image? What do they say to you?

There’s a photograph in this image of a figure, along with a painting, a layer of pure texture and the Chinese characters…

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