As a photographic element, hands can be one of the most expressive subjects. They’re great at telling a story, they are able to communicate mood, add a bit of drama and can even help direct a viewers eye to what’s most important within the image.
I did a keyword search for “hands” on PhotoShelter, and found 289,681 images. (That’s a lot of hands!) Here are a few of my favorites…
India Pakistan by Ami Vitale.
Baby in a bicycle sling by Steve McCurry.
Two male hands gripping by Paul Foley.
Ancient Hands, Stencil Paintings, Rio Pinturas Canyon by Javier Etcheverry.
Hands tied up with a black ribbon lying in a gray bed by Josefine Jönsson.
Woman’s Weathered Hands, Candidasa, Bali, Indonesia by Paul Souders.
The Hands of Nolan Ryan by Darren Carroll.
X-Ray Hands from Bonne Images.
England – London – Gatwick airport boy and airliner by Richard Baker.
SUFI, THE MYSTICS OF ISLAM by Sergio Ramazzotti.
If you’ve spotted (or shot) any cool photos where hands really make the image, please share them by posting a link below!