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I spent a lot of time at the Craft Workshop photographing hands. Nobody noticed. Afterwards, it was quite difficult to explain what I had been doing.
These were the shots that I actually set out to get that afternoon, everything else was incidental. Hands can tell life stories as eloquently as faces. What do you make of these?
V5 is a mono version of yesterday’s V1 - Pat who started the local U3A, put her heart and soul into it, but then had to step down from the committee because of health problems. She’s watching other people steer her ship now.
We’re going away for a couple of days, normal service will be resumed on Friday.
Thanks for looking,
Moira

Camera:Nikon D40 Check out Nikon Nation!
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Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:Craft Hands
Username:mrswoolybill mrswoolybill
Uploaded:9 Jul 2008 - 7:41 AM
Tags:Black & white, Craft, Crafty, Grey generation, Handicrafts, Photo journalism, Portraits / people, Senior citizens, Senior moment, U3a
Votes:80
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pascalg
pascalg e2 Member 737 forum postspascalg vcard France
9 Jul 2008 - 7:44 AM

works well in mono (though i think i'll always love your colours...)
excellent sense of movement in #1...

DolphinLady
9 Jul 2008 - 7:49 AM

A wonderful capture of movement in V1...shows how fast these ladies can knit.
Although I do really like the colour version of V2, I like this so much more.
Those hands, in mono, tell a very interesting story
I hope we see lots more of these ladies at a future date.
Hilary

fentiger
fentiger e2 Member 13915 forum postsfentiger vcard England22 Constructive Critique Points
9 Jul 2008 - 7:50 AM

Nice set of mono studies Moira which I think probably work better in colour.

Albert

nickyv32
nickyv32 e2 Member 7135 forum postsnickyv32 vcard England
9 Jul 2008 - 8:01 AM

Great set although I think the mono shot puts your concentration directly on the hands, whereas the colour ones were so lovely your eyes were everywhere. Lovely set, have a good time.

Nicky

Badgerfred
Badgerfred e2 Member 7Badgerfred vcard Wales
9 Jul 2008 - 8:09 AM

Mono works well on this set Moira, like them,
Fred.

User_Removed
9 Jul 2008 - 8:15 AM

having viewed all of yesterday's and then viewed today's it is amazing to me how different the feel is by simply converting to mono. It gives a more focused and purposeful feel, almost a sadness to it. Again wonderful work Moira

rgds
Dave

jaktis
jaktis e2 Member 1081 forum postsjaktis vcard Sweden
9 Jul 2008 - 8:22 AM

The movement in no1 is great I agree with Dave

peter

Scottishlandscapes
Scottishlandscapes e2 Member 1068 forum postsScottishlandscapes vcard Scotland35 Constructive Critique Points
9 Jul 2008 - 8:27 AM

The hands have it for me too Moira, great series. Have a good break, see you Friday.

Dougie

samsalt1
samsalt1  734 forum posts4 Constructive Critique Points
9 Jul 2008 - 8:29 AM

Those " beige " ladies have gone extremely grey overnight and the lack of colour has knocked the life out of them for me.

Sam

bliba
bliba  8 Austria2 Constructive Critique Points
9 Jul 2008 - 8:32 AM

great mono studies...excellent work

imagio
imagio  8 England1 Constructive Critique Points
9 Jul 2008 - 8:34 AM

Like the close ups of the hands Moira

Bernie

pascalg
pascalg e2 Member 737 forum postspascalg vcard France
9 Jul 2008 - 8:42 AM

seen them all now... hopefully ;
am i forgiven ?
Wink

Adrian_Reynolds

Lovely smooth tone mono conversions Moira, just something about black and white that for people that conveys the mood/feel, so well, fine work, Adrian

Hoffy
Hoffy  9212 forum posts England16 Constructive Critique Points
9 Jul 2008 - 9:09 AM

Another good set

dianah
dianah  824474 forum posts United Kingdom4 Constructive Critique Points
9 Jul 2008 - 9:29 AM

Hands are a wonderful subject Moira and so right to capture tham in mono. I love the first one with the focus firmly on the left hand. Fabulous ..every one !
Di

bayleaf
bayleaf  7 United Kingdom
9 Jul 2008 - 9:42 AM

Yes, I am inclined to agree with David's comments.

John.

Rogerex
Rogerex  829 forum posts Australia12 Constructive Critique Points
9 Jul 2008 - 10:01 AM

A lovely collection of hands that have seen the passage of time and were probably more HANDome in years gone by. These ladies are obviously very handy with their hands!
Roger

glyndwr
glyndwr  766 forum posts Wales9 Constructive Critique Points
9 Jul 2008 - 10:29 AM

It is amazing the talent some people have for knitting. I remember from my childhood my Mother and Sister knitting away, often only stopping to glimpse at a pattern.
Well captured Moira and have a good break.

Robert

GalleryGirl
9 Jul 2008 - 10:35 AM

Super movement - bet she can multitask too!
Marilyn x

danbrann
danbrann e2 Member 10473 forum postsdanbrann vcard 15 Constructive Critique Points
9 Jul 2008 - 10:44 AM

A good and informative set of pictures Moira and the choice of mono is the right one for this set.
I think you work with Elements and if you have a curves tool I would use it just to give these a teak to give them a bit more contrast.it is amazing the difference it makes to the ageing skin.
Do you ever stop rushing about? the pair of you must me extremely tired.

Rock
Rock e2 Member 12Rock vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
9 Jul 2008 - 10:46 AM

Fine work.

Rock

imander
imander  7388 forum posts United Kingdom7 Constructive Critique Points
9 Jul 2008 - 11:23 AM

excellent mono, they have a ghostly feel to them, times past and all
ian

taggart
taggart e2 Member 1042 forum poststaggart vcard United States12 Constructive Critique Points
9 Jul 2008 - 12:50 PM

This is excellent, especially 1 and 2-- excellent reportage of a craft so loved by many!
Jennnnn

wyatturp
wyatturp  8 England
9 Jul 2008 - 1:40 PM

Nice study -makes me think when had to go round the wool shop for me mum .-v3-for me


Doug ----------------How spooky on the naze picture thanks for your comments, my wife said it looks flat tooSmile

Richsr
Richsr e2 Member 790 forum postsRichsr vcard England209 Constructive Critique Points
9 Jul 2008 - 2:39 PM

Have seen these in colour and then in Mono Moria it amazing who different they look. The mono ones you seem to take in more detail.
Well captured and processed.
Regards Richard.

mikbee
mikbee e2 Member 7mikbee vcard Scotland7 Constructive Critique Points
9 Jul 2008 - 2:51 PM

Agree with Pascalg.Works in mono,but I am just such a colourful character !! It does give the set a more documentary feel tho'.
Enjoy your little break Moira.
Mick.

Bob_V
Bob_V  7 United States2 Constructive Critique Points
9 Jul 2008 - 3:59 PM

What a great set of mono studies Moira.
Bob

Scaramanga
Scaramanga e2 Member 637 forum postsScaramanga vcard United Kingdom5 Constructive Critique Points
9 Jul 2008 - 4:16 PM

Works well in mono too. V4 and 5 are my favourites.

User_Removed
9 Jul 2008 - 5:40 PM

so many people can't do this anymore... it's a shame. like this set. bring back memeories.

di

Herge88
Herge88 e2 Member 740 forum postsHerge88 vcard England4 Constructive Critique Points
9 Jul 2008 - 6:07 PM

Good documentary.

Best Matt

lifesnapper
lifesnapper e2 Member 8lifesnapper vcard England1 Constructive Critique Points
9 Jul 2008 - 6:15 PM

Another great set of character shots Moira. They remind me of my Nan many years ago. She would always darn my socks, rather than have my Mum buy a new pair. ( I only had one pair you know )

John Smile

Rende
Rende e2 Member 737 forum postsRende vcard Netherlands4 Constructive Critique Points
9 Jul 2008 - 6:19 PM

Good series, and #5 is even better than the colour version.
Rende

Mounters
Mounters  784 forum posts England2 Constructive Critique Points
9 Jul 2008 - 6:38 PM

Superb and touching series

kinfatric
kinfatric  9550 forum posts Scotland9 Constructive Critique Points
9 Jul 2008 - 8:21 PM

lovely and handy shots

challicew
challicew  6 South Africa1 Constructive Critique Points
9 Jul 2008 - 8:35 PM

Fantastic images of hands that are not idle. I really love these!
Have a fantastc break.

Glostopcat
Glostopcat e2 Member 8234 forum postsGlostopcat vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
9 Jul 2008 - 8:45 PM

I've got to hand it to you Moira, these look just as good in monochrome

sandrish
sandrish  1036 forum posts United Kingdom
9 Jul 2008 - 8:48 PM

Great shots again Moira. Well captured knitting action and so appropriate in mono. My mother taught me to knit in the 1950's and all the knitting patterns were in b/w.

Sandra

dawnmichelle
dawnmichelle e2 Member 7dawnmichelle vcard United States
9 Jul 2008 - 9:03 PM

wonderful shot..i remember when my mom use to do this for hours.. still have the throws today..

Andree_Borrel
9 Jul 2008 - 10:25 PM

50 just hit town and so well deserved

Brilane
Brilane e2 Member 8Brilane vcard Wales12 Constructive Critique Points
10 Jul 2008 - 12:49 AM

A nice series of women at work, I favour the colour pictures.
Brian

chuckspics
10 Jul 2008 - 12:56 AM

so much age in those old hands, great b & w , Chuck

JudeC
JudeC  7 England3 Constructive Critique Points
10 Jul 2008 - 7:56 AM

Lovely set of images Moira - my Mother used to knit Arran sweaters for a shop - you nevers saw her without her knitting needles - Jude.

LuzDeNoche
10 Jul 2008 - 9:32 AM

Love the movement in old but deft hands. I wish I could knit that fast, because at the rhythm I can knit, I just don't have time!
Smile Lucy

roverrat
roverrat e2 Member 6roverrat vcard Germany5 Constructive Critique Points
10 Jul 2008 - 7:47 PM

They work so well in mono. Love the detail you've captured.
and the hand movement in no. 1.
Alex

webjam
webjam  10292 forum posts Netherlands11 Constructive Critique Points
10 Jul 2008 - 8:31 PM

I like these photographs. I also like knitting - so relaxing! You are right, hands can tell so much about a person.

I like the bit of movement in some of the pictures. Make you almost hear the rhythm of the needles.
Well done on this series!

Jacqueline

Pegon
Pegon  978 forum posts England1 Constructive Critique Points
10 Jul 2008 - 10:02 PM

A great set of shots Moira. Nice work.
Pete.

Strobe
Strobe  71254 forum posts United States
10 Jul 2008 - 10:06 PM

Truly an excellent series.

Nigel_95
Nigel_95 e2 Member 8260 forum postsNigel_95 vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
10 Jul 2008 - 10:33 PM

I particularly like the movement of one hand in V1 Moira.

Nigel

SRSmith
SRSmith  7 United States
10 Jul 2008 - 10:39 PM

There's an old song called "Grandma's Hands" that this brings to mind. What a nice series.

BonaFideNut
11 Jul 2008 - 4:06 AM

You got some good captures of people actually manipulating the yarn with their hands and needles. Nice.

SandraKay
SandraKay e2 Member 7233 forum postsSandraKay vcard United Kingdom4 Constructive Critique Points
11 Jul 2008 - 7:48 AM

Hands and needles instead of pins. All interesting, but in particular V1 which is superb.
Sandra

SpeedAltStar
11 Jul 2008 - 1:29 PM

Moira this series is rich an beautiful. In terms of my favourite, I found it difficult to choose between this set, because I love the your use of BW here, and the first one, 'CRAFT'. For me, I think 'Craft' juuuust beats this very high quality upload. Fabulous work. Well done.

rmr
rmr  7 Wales
11 Jul 2008 - 7:39 PM

wonderful mono images especially v5
well done moira
mark

tigertimb
tigertimb  640 forum posts United Kingdom66 Constructive Critique Points
15 Jul 2008 - 12:48 PM

Excellent series of studies and I do like #1 with the motion too
Tim

CrownJoolz
4 Aug 2008 - 9:29 AM

my favourite of your recent images - something really beautiful about these shots

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