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,
Moira

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

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Comments


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 10 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.
Hilary
fentiger Plus
15 916 23 England
9 Jul 2008 7:50AM
Nice set of mono studies Moira which I think probably work better in colour.

Albert
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.

Nicky
Mono works well on this set Moira, like them,
Fred.
User_Removed 9 485 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

rgds
Dave
jaktis Plus
12 84 Sweden
9 Jul 2008 8:22AM
The movement in no1 is great I agree with Dave

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

Dougie
samsalt1 9 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.

Sam
bliba Plus
11 2 Austria
9 Jul 2008 8:32AM
great mono studies...excellent work
imagio 10 12 1 England
9 Jul 2008 8:34AM
Like the close ups of the hands Moira

Bernie
9 Jul 2008 8:42AM
seen them all now... hopefully ;
am i forgiven ?
Wink
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 Plus
12 262 16 England
9 Jul 2008 9:09AM
Another good set
dianah 10 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 !
Di
bayleaf 9 8 United Kingdom
9 Jul 2008 9:42AM
Yes, I am inclined to agree with David's comments.

John.
Rogerex 10 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!
Roger
glyndwr 9 66 9 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.

Robert
GalleryGirl 9 4 2 United Kingdom
9 Jul 2008 10:35AM
Super movement - bet she can multitask too!
Marilyn x
danbrann Plus
12 629 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 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 Plus
14 10 2 England
9 Jul 2008 10:46AM
Fine work.

Rock
imander 9 388 7 United Kingdom
9 Jul 2008 11:23AM
excellent mono, they have a ghostly feel to them, times past and all
ian
taggart Plus
12 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!
Jennnnn
wyatturp 11 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 9 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 9 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.
Mick.
Bob_V 9 1 2 United States
9 Jul 2008 3:59PM
What a great set of mono studies Moira.
Bob
9 Jul 2008 4:16PM
Works well in mono too. V4 and 5 are my favourites.
User_Removed 12 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.

di
Herge88 Plus
9 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 Plus
9 38 4 Netherlands
9 Jul 2008 6:19PM
Good series, and #5 is even better than the colour version.
Rende
Mounters 10 85 2 England
9 Jul 2008 6:38PM
Superb and touching series
kinfatric 12 550 9 Scotland
9 Jul 2008 8:21PM
lovely and handy shots
challicew 8 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 10 255 2 England
9 Jul 2008 8:45PM
I've got to hand it to you Moira, these look just as good in monochrome
sandrish 13 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.

Sandra
9 Jul 2008 9:03PM
wonderful shot..i remember when my mom use to do this for hours.. still have the throws today..
50 just hit town and so well deserved
Brilane 10 5 12 Wales
10 Jul 2008 12:49AM
A nice series of women at work, I favour the colour pictures.
Brian
chuckspics 10 14 United States
10 Jul 2008 12:56AM
so much age in those old hands, great b & w , Chuck
JudeC 9 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
10 Jul 2008 7:47PM
They work so well in mono. Love the detail you've captured.
and the hand movement in no. 1.
Alex
webjam 12 292 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!

Jacqueline
Pegon 11 78 1 England
10 Jul 2008 10:02PM
A great set of shots Moira. Nice work.
Pete.
Strobe 9 1.3k United States
10 Jul 2008 10:06PM
Truly an excellent series.
Nigel_95 Plus
10 260 2 United Kingdom
10 Jul 2008 10:33PM
I particularly like the movement of one hand in V1 Moira.

Nigel
SRSmith 9 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 10 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
9 233 4 United Kingdom
11 Jul 2008 7:48AM
Hands and needles instead of pins. All interesting, but in particular V1 which is superb.
Sandra
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 9 1 Wales
11 Jul 2008 7:39PM
wonderful mono images especially v5
well done moira
mark
tigertimb 9 40 66 United Kingdom
15 Jul 2008 12:48PM
Excellent series of studies and I do like #1 with the motion too
Tim
CrownJoolz 10 7 United Kingdom
4 Aug 2008 9:29AM
my favourite of your recent images - something really beautiful about these shots

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