I went to Cortona, Italy in October 2014, to capture images, to expand my photographic range, and, to have fun.
Photographically I had the idea to capture images of people using their hands. I think in Italy, artisans and their craft are valued more than in other countries, and I wanted to make a visual story about that. When one uses their hands to create something, they imbue the object with their essence. Where I live, in the United States, using one’s hands and the value of that, seems less and less appreciated; individuals are less able to support a theselves and craft work seems more and more of an outlier, marginal livelihood.
I consider this a beginning – the beginning of a story about capturing the essence of people using their hands. I am drawn to continue this story with people around the world.
Much appreciation to instructor, friend and gifted artist Robin Davis who provided technical, patient guidance and access to the people and to her friends of Cortona. It was so fun!