Friday, January 16, 2009

A Show of Hands I



" First Day of School"

"Take a little off the sides"


"Hot Breakfast"


                                                                             "Peace"

Today I close a chapter.  Paris Through My Lens will no longer be active. I am leaving it up but won't be posting new photos  until my return to Paris the end of May.  I do appreciate all your visits and encouraging comments. ( One less mouth to feed!)   That said, I am opening another chapter of sorts.  I have had a real interest in photographing hands since last year while I was still teaching.  That project never materialized, but I am happy to be able to share some of my hands, large and small that I have been collecting with you today.  This has been a most gratifying project and my intention is to continue photographing and sharing them from time to time.

The Tune du Jour is " Hands" by Jewel

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20 comments:

Olivier said...

tous ces petits détails que tu as su voir et mettre en valeur avec tes photos b&w, bravo

all these little details that you able to see and enhance your photos with b&w, bravo

jill said...

Very nice, sensitive shots. Hands do indeed tell so much.

btw, I posted a red beauty today.

Bibi said...

These are beautiful, Virgina. I have a bw photo of my husband's hand holding my newborn son's hands, long ago...

Laurie said...

V, I'm going to miss your Paris blog! But these hands are spectacular. You really have a knack for getting to the soul of a subject. These are melancholy yet hopeful -- such a nice combination.

Ming the Merciless said...

Love the photos, Virginia. It's definitely different from the usual cityscape but no less intriguing.

Jilly said...

Hands are fascinating. Something I've always been interested in. I think I prefer your first one but they are so different, how can one choose?

altadenahiker said...

Clever girl! You know, from a writing perspective, hands are always a good place to begin. You can fix up a face, disguise a body, shod the feet, but there's really no good way to hide the life your hands will tell.

Virginia said...

I hope one day to show you the entire top photo. It is one of my very very favorites. I have to get permission from the mom first.

KB, I don't really love what age has done to my own hands. Yuck!

Ming,
Are you back from Italy you lucky fellow???

Bibi,
I know that photo is a treasure for you and your son.

Ken Mac said...

V, I am so happy you are getting the Cheyenne Diner! There is so much history attached to it, a real classic. I had been earing there for years, whenever buying a camera at B&H. It was also right across from the old grand central. A real landmark. Too bad it can't stay here, but at least it won't be demolished. Please take some pics when it is up and running.

Virginia said...

KM
I will be there with bells on the day it opens, I promise! I knew you would be thrilled. Saw it in the paper this morning and couldn't believe my eyes! Ahh and B& H. I would love to do some shopping there. You'll have to let me know what to order at the Cheyenne.

Altadena Hiker has a post about hands on her blog today.

MrsDr said...

I will certainly miss re-living our Paris experience through your lens. Looking forward to your next journey's photos with envy.
Karen

marley said...

Well you couldn't have picked a better song today! I've said before but your hand photos are superb, you have a real talent for it (not that you other photos aren't superb too!)

Bob Crowe said...

Well, you do awfully good work with hands. My favorite is the haircut. The light is just right. It's an ordinary and precious event at the same time. Just good stuff.

Babooshka said...

I'm glad you didn't have a song by an old singer/comedian called max bygraves about needing hands. Awful. Well of course I love these. My advice to you if you wanted to persue photography is treat these ones of hands etc as your work/ honing your skills and the rest as pleasure.

I mourn the Paris blog, truly.

Virginia said...

B,
As trite as this sounds, all of this is my "pleasure". I am pleased when my photos get many comments or just a few favorable comments, but the PROCESS is what keeps me going. For me it's the constant desire to find something new, different, artistic, out of my box. That what drives me day after day. Yes, I do resort to posting photos I am not totally in love with, but often those are ones that others find interesting. I learn from every post, every comment, every critique. This is a photography blog and I treat it as such.

Ken Mac said...

put your hand in the hand of the man who stilled the waters....

Tash said...

Oh, V. - you've captured so much feeling in that 1st photo. It's truly a picture of a 1,000 words.

Eki Akhwan said...

hands are fascinating and do tell stories of their own ... great series, V.

Mine will be feet ... ^_^

angela said...

These are so full of expression and felling...love that first one especially.

D.C. Confidential said...

Wow! VJ, you amaze me and these pictures are just stunning. I especially love the first three. The stories in each of these are just dripping with possibilities. I LOVE IT!