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 themselves, and craft and art work seems more and more of an outlier, marginal livelihood to pursue.
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.
What we can do with our hands.