Craft Hands

By mrswoolybill
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,

Tags: Photo journalism Black and white Craft Crafty Portraits and people U3a Handicrafts Senior citizens Grey generation Senior moment

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pascalg Plus
10 37 France
9 Jul 2008 7:44AM
works well in mono (though i think i'll always love your colours...)
excellent sense of movement in #1...

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DolphinLady 12 54 1 Wales
9 Jul 2008 7:49AM
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.
fentiger Plus
16 918 24 England
9 Jul 2008 7:50AM
Nice set of mono studies Moira which I think probably work better in colour.

nickyv32 Plus
10 135 England
9 Jul 2008 8:01AM
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.

9 Jul 2008 8:09AM
Mono works well on this set Moira, like them,
User_Removed 11 485 13 England
9 Jul 2008 8:15AM
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

jaktis 14 84 Sweden
9 Jul 2008 8:22AM
The movement in no1 is great I agree with Dave

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

samsalt1 11 34 4
9 Jul 2008 8:29AM
Those " beige " ladies have gone extremely grey overnight and the lack of colour has knocked the life out of them for me.

bliba Plus
12 2 Austria
9 Jul 2008 8:32AM
great mono studies...excellent work
imagio 11 12 1 England
9 Jul 2008 8:34AM
Like the close ups of the hands Moira

pascalg Plus
10 37 France
9 Jul 2008 8:42AM
seen them all now... hopefully ;
am i forgiven ?
9 Jul 2008 8:44AM
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 13 262 16 England
9 Jul 2008 9:09AM
Another good set
dianah 11 24.5k 4 United Kingdom
9 Jul 2008 9:29AM
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 !
bayleaf 10 8 United Kingdom
9 Jul 2008 9:42AM
Yes, I am inclined to agree with David's comments.

Rogerex 11 32 12 Australia
9 Jul 2008 10:01AM
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!
glyndwr 10 66 10 Wales
9 Jul 2008 10:29AM
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.

GalleryGirl 10 4 2 United Kingdom
9 Jul 2008 10:35AM
Super movement - bet she can multitask too!
Marilyn x
danbrann Plus
13 637 17
9 Jul 2008 10:44AM
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 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 Plus
15 10 2 England
9 Jul 2008 10:46AM
Fine work.

imander 11 388 7 United Kingdom
9 Jul 2008 11:23AM
excellent mono, they have a ghostly feel to them, times past and all
taggart Plus
13 47 13 United States
9 Jul 2008 12:50PM
This is excellent, especially 1 and 2-- excellent reportage of a craft so loved by many!
wyatturp 12 2 England
9 Jul 2008 1:40PM
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 11 91 223 England
9 Jul 2008 2:39PM
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 11 3 8 Scotland
9 Jul 2008 2:51PM
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.
Bob_V 10 1 2 United States
9 Jul 2008 3:59PM
What a great set of mono studies Moira.
Scaramanga Plus
10 56 6 United Kingdom
9 Jul 2008 4:16PM
Works well in mono too. V4 and 5 are my favourites.
User_Removed 14 16 1 United Kingdom
9 Jul 2008 5:40PM
so many people can't do this anymore... it's a shame. like this set. bring back memeories.

Herge88 11 40 4 England
9 Jul 2008 6:07PM
Good documentary.

Best Matt
9 Jul 2008 6:15PM
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 11 38 4 Netherlands
9 Jul 2008 6:19PM
Good series, and #5 is even better than the colour version.
Mounters 11 85 2 England
9 Jul 2008 6:38PM
Superb and touching series
kinfatric 13 550 9 Scotland
9 Jul 2008 8:21PM
lovely and handy shots
challicew 10 1 1 South Africa
9 Jul 2008 8:35PM
Fantastic images of hands that are not idle. I really love these!
Have a fantastc break.
Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
9 Jul 2008 8:45PM
I've got to hand it to you Moira, these look just as good in monochrome
sandrish 14 36 United Kingdom
9 Jul 2008 8:48PM
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.

dawnmichelle 10 12 United States
9 Jul 2008 9:03PM
wonderful shot..i remember when my mom use to do this for hours.. still have the throws today..
9 Jul 2008 10:25PM
50 just hit town and so well deserved
Brilane 11 5 12 Wales
10 Jul 2008 12:49AM
A nice series of women at work, I favour the colour pictures.
chuckspics 11 14 United States
10 Jul 2008 12:56AM
so much age in those old hands, great b & w , Chuck
JudeC 11 6 3 England
10 Jul 2008 7:56AM
Lovely set of images Moira - my Mother used to knit Arran sweaters for a shop - you nevers saw her without her knitting needles - Jude.
10 Jul 2008 9:32AM
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
lostintime 10 13 5 Germany
10 Jul 2008 7:47PM
They work so well in mono. Love the detail you've captured.
and the hand movement in no. 1.
webjam 13 292 11 Netherlands
10 Jul 2008 8:31PM
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!

Pegon 12 78 1 England
10 Jul 2008 10:02PM
A great set of shots Moira. Nice work.
Strobe 10 1.3k United States
10 Jul 2008 10:06PM
Truly an excellent series.
Nigel_95 Plus
12 262 2 United Kingdom
10 Jul 2008 10:33PM
I particularly like the movement of one hand in V1 Moira.

SRSmith 10 1 United States
10 Jul 2008 10:39PM
There's an old song called "Grandma's Hands" that this brings to mind. What a nice series.
BonaFideNut 11 14 United States
11 Jul 2008 4:06AM
You got some good captures of people actually manipulating the yarn with their hands and needles. Nice.
SandraKay Plus
10 233 4 United Kingdom
11 Jul 2008 7:48AM
Hands and needles instead of pins. All interesting, but in particular V1 which is superb.
11 Jul 2008 1:29PM
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 10 1 Wales
11 Jul 2008 7:39PM
wonderful mono images especially v5
well done moira
tigertimb 10 40 66 United Kingdom
15 Jul 2008 12:48PM
Excellent series of studies and I do like #1 with the motion too
CrownJoolz 11 7 United Kingdom
4 Aug 2008 9:29AM
my favourite of your recent images - something really beautiful about these shots

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