Doug Menuez on photographing hands

Doug Menuez and the team at his stock site, Menuez Archive Projects, recently combed through his catalog and put together an entire collection of hands-related photos, including these…

Photo by Doug Menuez. Courtesy menuezarchiveprojects.com.

Photo by Doug Menuez. Courtesy menuezarchiveprojects.com.

Photo by Doug Menuez. Courtesy menuezarchiveprojects.com.

Photo by Doug Menuez. Courtesy menuezarchiveprojects.com.

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.I asked Doug for the backstory on this collection. Here’s what he said:

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Why photograph people’s hands?
For me, photographing hands is another form of portraiture.

What do a person’s hands reveal about them?
First, you see their age, their ethnicity, whether they work with their hands. You can see other details, like rings or watches, that tip us to their income level. I often hear women comment on men’s hands, often as much as shoes. I think they definitely consider hands somehow in their equation as they size a guy up. Not sure what the hands are telling them, but I can guess…

Why create an entire edit of hands photos at Menuez Archive Projects?
To be human is to be connected to other people, and the most profound way I see people connect is through touch. It can be a threatening finger in a chest during an argument or a husband gently caressing the face of his wife of 30 years, in a moment of true love. We gesture and use our hands to communicate emotion. Plus, as a photographer, I think it’s really cool to isolate a given subject in order to appreciate all the nuances and meanings.

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Click on the image below to view “In Hand” at Menuez Archive Projects.

Click on the image to view the collection “In Hand” at Menuez Archive Projects.

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