Family Photographs & Hands

Since completing the project ‘Back Home’, I have since then felt the urge to photograph some of my grandparents daily activities. Now this is probably a normal routine that everyone usually goes through but I kind of feel like need to capture moments like this. In the photograph presented below my grandparents were just cutting out the leaves from a plant. I rarely see them doing small things like this together so I thought I should just remain ‘silent’ and just document a  simple moment like this. I have photographs of them that I captured further away, but I believe this image would communicate that feeling and closeness they have together by keeping my camera very close to them but at the same time not being in their way and disturbing this process. I focused on the hands because for me they are expressive. This is also seen in my projects Back Home and Behind Four Walls, Dementia in which I include images of hands. Every personal story I have create or will be creating in the future will always include at least one of two images of hands because for me it becomes one of the strongest images of the whole project. Most photographers would shoot portraits to capture emotion and facial expression whereas in my situation I rather photograph that through the individuals hands. For me, its more personal.

Since completing the project ‘Back Home’, I have since then felt the urge to photograph some of my grandparents daily activities. Now this is probably a normal routine that everyone usually goes through but I kind of feel like need to capture moments like this. In the photograph presented below my grandparents were just cutting out the leaves from a plant. I rarely see them doing small things like this together so I thought I should just remain ‘silent’ and just document a  simple moment like this. I have photographs of them that I captured further away, but I believe this image would communicate that feeling and closeness they have together by keeping my camera very close to them but at the same time not being in their way and disturbing this process. I focused on the hands because for me they are expressive. This is also seen in my projects Back Home and Behind Four Walls, Dementia in which I include images of hands. Every personal story I have create or will be creating in the future will always include at least one of two images of hands because for me it becomes one of the strongest images of the whole project. Most photographers would shoot portraits to capture emotion and facial expression whereas in my situation I rather photograph that through the individuals hands. For me, its more personal.

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