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.
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
The hands which beckon,
embrace, soothe, and comfort us
Bid us farewell.
– Kaye Earle
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
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
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
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)
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
35 replies on “Silent Language of Hands”
Beautiful post! Loved it❣️
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Truth of life
This is the epitome of deep human expression expressed with powerful simplicity. Let there be peace on earth, and let it begin with ME!
Wow! Thank You
Lovely topic to contemplate upon!!
This is beautiful
My question is: How do you manage to get these people to allow you to take pictures of them at such vulnerable, personal moments?
You have a gift. These pictures reach into our souls.
Beautiful work. Thank you for writing this
One of my favorite pics of my parents, 84 and 93, is one taken of only their hands linked together. Thank you for sharing.
Love your photos so much.
Yes, the illustrations by Steve have a healing touch to all those who watch them. Thanks Steve
Thank You, special for your reflection “silent lenguage of hands”
Pada tanggal Kam, 12 Des 2019 pukul 02.54 Steve McCurry’s Blog menulis:
> Steve McCurry posted: ” 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. Behold the hands > how they promise, conjure, appeal, menace” >
Thank You For your good reflection……
Inimitable! Simply unique.
touch my heart!
“The hand expressed what the heart already knows.” Beautiful.
I love your work. O find it moving and meaningful. Thank you.
Beautiful, powerful, touching images and quotes. Thank you Stevebhai
”The hand expresses what the heart already knows.”
Beautiful and poignant. Thanks.
So beautiful a message , just through the theme on hands . Thank you Steve .
Amazing Work !
You’ve done it again, Steve!!! Beautiful, brilliant, poignant, important, empathic, delightful. Thank you thank you
Can this be more meaningful this holiday season? Any day, any time…. The power of hands supersedes philosophy and religion, socioeconomic status and personal projection. As here noted, they speak truth far more deeply and readily than most all else other than, perhaps, our eyes. Perhaps they work in concert, as do heart and soul.
Thank you, Steve.
Beautiful. Thank you so much for this thoughtful post.
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Just so beautiful!
Emotionally powerful images. Thank you, Steve.