on hands

In Inspiration

Something I absolutely love about the photography community is how much I learn and gain inspiration from folks practicing around me. I was catching up on some of my Viewfinders reading and I absolutely loved Deb’s post about finding themes in her work. It inspired me to go back through my last few months of photos, both client work and personal, to see what I could find in my own images. Sure enough, there it was, staring me right in the face. It wasn’t something I was unaware of, but it also isn’t something that I shoot or focus on intentionally.

I tend to shoot hands – hands holding, hands actively engaged in something, hands waiting, and hands learning how to be hands. There’s something so personal and intimate about hands, I think. Something about the involuntary movements and gestures that happen with hands when people aren’t thinking about them. Something about size differences from one person to another. Something about the closeness of being held.

Alison Bents | Minnesota Wedding and Family Photographer

Alison Bents | Minnesota Wedding and Family Photographer

Alison Bents | Minnesota Wedding and Family Photographer

I’ve been finding hands in my images for years, and I’m glad to know that it hasn’t gone away. Like I said, it isn’t something that I set out to intentionally shoot, but it’s a theme that draws me in over and over again. What do you see repeating in your work? Maybe it’s a certain color scheme or composition. Maybe it’s a repetition of subject matter like Deb and I both found. I’d love to hear about what you’re finding!

All the best,
Alison

Alison Bents | Minnesota Wedding and Family Photographer

Alison Bents | Minnesota Wedding and Family Photographer

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Alison Bents | Minnesota Wedding and Family Photographer
Alison Bents | Minnesota Wedding and Family Photographer

5 Comments

  1. I love this theme! Hands are amazingly expressive…I need to make a point to include them more in my photos.

  2. goodness!! yes. i love watching the hands of those i love, especially. so inspiring… and that last shot? SO good.

  3. I could not love this post more. It inspires me to take a closer look at the themes I may be unknowingly using in my photography. And the hands definitely have it…. they tell such a story, Alison.

  4. oh alison. i am so happy to know that you were inspired to look at your own themes. we all have them and they tell such interesting stories about who we are as artists and people. i love seeing your repeated theme of hands. it’s such a tender and universal way to capture people of all ages. xoxoxo deb

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