Behold the hands how they promise, conjure, appeal, menace, pray, supplicate,
refuse, beckon, interrogate, admire, confess, cringe, instruct, command,
mock and what not besides, with a variation and multiplication of
variation which makes the tongue envious.
– Michel de Montaigne
Our hands often reveal what we really think but do not say.
They can show a range of feelings and emotions
from confusion and frustration
to joy, understanding, love, and compassion.
Among all species, our human hands are unique — not only in what they
can accomplish, but also in how they communicate.
Human hands can paint the Sistine Chapel, pluck a guitar,
maneuver surgical instruments, chisel a David, forge steel, and write poetry.
They can grasp, scratch, poke, punch, feel, sense, evaluate, hold and
mold the world around us.
– Joe Navarro
When we honestly ask ourselves which person in our lives means the most to us,
we often find that it is those who, instead of giving advice, solutions,or cures,
have chosen rather to share our pain and touch
our wounds with a warm and tender hand.
– Henri Nouwen
Let us touch the dying, the poor, the lonely and the unwanted
according to the graces we have received and
let us not be ashamed or slow to do the humble work.
– Mother Teresa
Hands calm us, feed us, and scratch our backs.
They intimidate, bless, encourage, and stop us.
They soothe and caress.
They draw our attention to the good and the bad,
often suggesting exuberance or fear.
– Charles Flowers introduction to Elliott Erwitt’s Handbook
To receive everything, one must open one’s hands and give.
– Taisen Deshimaru
Hands have saved lives and taken them just as easily.
They create the saviors of life as well as the purveyors of death.
Creating and destroying with a single move
a finger can move mountains or search the unknown heavens.
Hands live to caress and love.
Hands live to fight and die.
Forever living hands, forever exploring hands.
– Bruce Alan Humphrey
Your hand opens and closes, opens and closes.
Your deepest presence is in every small contracting and expanding,
the two as beautifully balanced and coordinated as birds’ wings.
– Rumi ( 1207 – 1273)
Hold a true friend with both hands
– African Proverb
The hands which beckon,
embrace, soothe, and comfort us
Bid us farewell.
To pray means to open your hands before God.
– Henri Nouwen
…For saints have hands that pilgrims’ hands do touch,
And palm to palm is holy palmers’ kiss.
Romeo and Juliet, Act I, Scene 5
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Really thoughtful post!
(i do not know what it is about you that closes
and opens;only something in me understands
the voice of your eyes is deeper than all roses)
nobody,not even the rain,has such small hands
Beautiful words and pictures, especially about sign language. I learned sign language in high school. The ability to use signs as language was the cornerstone of understanding and diagramming intuition as a language.
Wow, Beautiful read.
Superb, really enjoyed reading this
Hands… Silent language of human body…
No words.. Awesome.. Body hands language
Beautiful as always ❤
Sublime. Sublime. Sublime. You nail it e-v-e-r-y time, & set the bar higher and higher with every iteration of ‘McCurry.’ God’s peace to you!
Your photos are always beautiful,poignant and moving. with a subtle message I always look forward to receiving your post
Thank you Stevebhai
Hola, la verdad de este gran artista del lente, stevemccurry,que para mi es una legenda en su aria y un catador de imagenes que en verdad tocan los corazones de quienes puedan aprecial verdadera hobra de artes,
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As always, a beautiful photo essay.
Wunderschöne Fotos. Ich bin total begeistert.
Loved reading your blog
I simply LOVE yourBlogs they move me to tears every time.
Let’s not forget the technology artist, the programmers who craft the prose of software (like the one used for this very blog).
I’m looking at these pictures this morning and I’m sure I’ll have a better day. Thank you.
Many post i read…but this post is one of the best .
Dear Steve, dear all, an amazing collection as usual! I also made a series about HANDS some time ago, it is on my website, let me share it with you here, I think you might like it , have a look 🙂 http://www.parcheminsdailleurs.com/SITE_ANGLAIS/HANDSen.html
I’ve yet to be disappointed by any of your work. Always touching… avoiding the trite or smarmey. Okay, that’s not a real word, but I continue to absorb your work with joy.
Sou fã desse talento inigualável de captar a alma humana através de suas lentes. Obrigada
Your skill and a lifetime of photography brings to life the communication achieved between people just by gesture, touch, love, prayer, soothing and comforting. An absolutely wonderful body of work
Dear Mr. McCurry … I’ve followed you since I started blogging about 5 years ago. I received your new book for Christmas this summer!! Amazing job … I was always able to share your posts with readers but now, even though the reblog button is there is, it doesn’t work for me. Is there anything that you can tell me to try to fix this!?
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It is early morning, and once again, your words and images lift my heart. When your blog arrives on my doorstep, it is always the first thing I look at to start my day. Always on a soothing note! Thank you.
We have a non verbal grandson that uses an ipad plus hand gestures. This means a lot to me and will his parents.
Thank you so very much for your excellent and skilled work.
Splendido lavoro, come sempre. Grazie!
Beautiful and deep
Lindo e tocante.
Beautiful artworks! Awesome hands! Thanks Steve
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It’s impossible not to be moved by your work. Thank you ❤
Awesome. Reblogging to my sister site Timeless Wisdoms
This is utterly exquisite. Thank you! Reblogging!
Stunning, reaffirming and thoughtful, as always. Thank you.
A stunning and poignant series of portraits. Thank you, Steve.
Absolutely beautiful… thank you for sharing!