Thursday, January 21, 2010

A Woman's Hands

The Mother of my Mother...

The Artist

The Purveyor of the Printed Page (and Runner with the Wolves)

The Coffee Maven and the Thrift Store Secret Keeper

The Poet in Her own Right

Me...the Morning Writer

The Fledgling Photographer, who Keeps a Mojito Day Job

I've noticed from scrolling through some of my old photographs that hands--particularly those of my friends--continue to turn up as a recurring motif in my work. These are the hands that have held babies, books, pens, brushes, and baubles. These hands that have hugged necks, cleaned scraped-up knees, wiped away tears (both their own and everyone else's), braided tangly hair, picked blackberries in the brambles, and held out offerings of margaritas, coffee, and, yes, the hands themselves as a comfort, a salve to every day misgivings. The hand that rocks the cradle rules the world? Indeed.

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Keetha said...

Love this. Great photos and what lovely thoughts to go along with the photographs. What a great lift.

Ginny said...

Wonderful pictures and a wonderful tribute to all the hands and the women that go with them!!

Jacqui G said...

Aah I utterly adore this! So much character portrayed, and mysteries implied.

Southern Girl said...

Thanks, girls, for commenting on what I saw as an experimental post. I've thought often about the work that has been done by women's hands down through the century--the planting, the praying, the painting. The idea that it's all art.

jennifer said...

This was so amazing! The images... I was drawn in!