Photographs of Hands
By Richard Seah
31 Dec 2008
The challenge in producing a book on Photographs of Hands is to present both quality and quantity.
"Too many photographs of hands can be boring," my friend had warned and I readily agreed.
After all, I have often enough been bored by too many photographs of landscapes, flowers, architecture, portraits, nudes, cute babies, etc etc. There are hundreds and thousands of books on these subjects.
Yet there is, as far as I know, only ONE existing book on the subject of hands.
This is Speaking with Hands published by Henry Mendelssohn Buhl, a photographer, philanthropist and community activist who has built up a sizeable collection of photographs of hands by various photographic artists.
So my new book could well be only the world's second book of photographs of hands. And the first by a single artist!
The purpose of this book demands a good quantity of images. The message that I wish to put out is that it is possible to create good photographs of hands in just about any situation. I want to tell the world of photography that, hey, you have neglected this fascinating subject for far too long.
So I need to present a good number of images, without compromising on quality.
This book has been on my mind for years. Finally, I felt ready to put it together.
Without setting any target on numbers, I set out to put the book together just before Christmas. In the end, I came up with a selection of 87 of my best - and most representative - photographs of hands.
The book is divided into five sections.
Hands in prayer, the main section, has the most images - 28. This reflects my personal interest in what I call "spiritual photography" that captures a person's most intimate moments with God, the Universe and the inner self.
Hands at work has nine images - not a lot as I don't have many opportunities to photograph people while they are working.
A show of hands feature hands in entertainment and the arts - this is a new and fast growing area of photography for me and this section has 21 images.
Hand-made features man-made objects like statues and mannequins. This has 11 images.
The final section is titled Just hands - not doing anything in particular. 17 images here.
Plus, there is another image on my acknowledgements page, making 87 altogether.
Here's a sampling of images from my new book, Photographs of Hands.
It will shortly also be available as a print-on-demand book at Blurb.com.
My wish, of course, is to have this published as a regular book. If you can help me achieve this wish in any way - and help make this book the success that it deserves to be - bless you, please contact me.
It is coming to 1 am, January 1 2009 in Singapore as I am about to finish writing this.
I wish one and all a very Happy, Successful and Blessed New Year.