|My hand - photography by Joluise|
"The hand is the physical part of the brain."
We use our hands every day. Life without them would be such a struggle, but we do take them for granted. They have:
prepared many home cooked meals,
cleaned the house for our loved ones,
held many books to read to our children,
tucked babes into bed,
placed bandaids on cuts,
wiping away tears,
cared for the sick and weary,
planted and grow food,
touched and showed love,
The other day I decided to take a photo of my hand and what I saw I didn't like. My hand were wrinkled, beginning to show their age and wasn't as slender as I thought they was. It was a hand that had seen work. I was reluctant to post the photo on my 365 photography project as it wasn't as glamorous as I wanted it to be.
What was interesting, I wasn't alone in my views. Other photographers also commented about being reluctant at taking a macro shot of their hands - it revealed some home truths. We do get older and no matter how much we want to hide it, our hands always tell the truth.
To be honest, I shouldn't be ashamed of all those wrinkles, they tell my life story. My dad's hands are very worn after a hardworking life as a farmer, women of the past who did lots of manual work had well worn hands. Our hands are much softer by comparison, we do different things with them these days. We use them to work the modern technology of today but that can make our hands weary.
Now that I have had a closer look at my hands, I think I will appreciate them a lot more.