Tuesday, February 26, 2008


Inspired by Hands of Man


posted by Señor Enrique at 7:57 PM


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Senor Enrique, Hands as in the hand that rocks the cradle?

February 26, 2008 10:01 PM  

Blogger mgaputonimimi said...

gusto ko rin ang hands as my subject.. pero using pencil..

gusto ko rin ang pagka black and white ng pics! ^_^

February 26, 2008 10:09 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said...

interesting series on hands, I like the one where the person is holding the dove.

February 26, 2008 11:35 PM  

Blogger Ebb Tide said...

Hi! Wonderful and inspiring studies of the anatomy of hands. For me, my hands are one of my greatest assets. Without my hands, I wouldn't be a good artist today. Like your black and white photos.

February 27, 2008 12:50 AM  

Blogger Photo Cache said...

great subject. i like that these photos are in b/w, more effective, i thought.

February 27, 2008 1:01 AM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

"Or as they say, Mandaragat, "Hands that till the soil of life."

February 27, 2008 6:51 AM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

In the drawing class I once took, Mimi, I enjoyed the exercise in which I had to use my left hand as the subject while the right did the sketching. We had to do variations of which. It was like getting reacquainted with my hand that I tend to take for granted ... hehehe.

February 27, 2008 6:56 AM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

Thanks, Luke! That's one of my favorites in this series as well.

February 27, 2008 6:58 AM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

Thanks, Ebb Tide. Glad you enjoyed this series.

Doing this series made me appreciate even more my hands without which I never would have done, or would have a difficult time doing the things I love to do -- photography and blogging among them.

Come to think of it, there's so much we can be thankful for each and everyday.

I'm really in awe of human anatomy. God is one amazing artist, eh?

February 27, 2008 7:08 AM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

Thanks, Photo Cache!

Right! The colors in these photos may diffuse the focus on the main subject.

February 27, 2008 7:12 AM  

Blogger nutart said...

great photo essay---hands!

I have this unconscious fascination with hands. Unconscious because everytime I tend to meet a person (for the first time) my eyes immediately take a look at the hands. Often a handshake daw will tell you about the person but there are those who know about this concept (especially politicians and people who deal with the public) and can practice on their handshakes. But then the most revealing time for me is at their most unconscious moments---their gestures. I also take note of the shape and grip of the hands. One thing though with your first picture, I notice whoeve is holding the dove is holding it too tight. Must be nervous...:-)

February 27, 2008 9:03 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said...

interesting subject eric... your blog offers variety kaya di nakakasawang bumisita lagi, hehehe.

February 27, 2008 10:53 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said...

very nice collection of B&W pics :) Amazing how hands can tell a story !

February 27, 2008 11:25 AM  

Blogger Unknown said...

The last photo is interesting. Is he crying? Or has a cold? Or about to jump into a pool? :D

The gentlest of hands are open to the needy whether in mind, body, or spirit, and ask no questions.
This series remind me of Jewel’s song, “Hands”---

I will not be made useless
I won't be idled with despair
I will gather myself around my faith
for light does the darkness most fear
My hands are small, I know,
but they're not yours they are my own
but they're not yours they are my own
and I am never broken…

February 27, 2008 1:37 PM  

Blogger Aura said...

Dami ko nang na miss sa post mo..,i´ll try to catch up later.

I like the hand that holds the dove because its a symbol of peace and the other hand that try to touch it,also the hands choosing the bracelets or necklace,like the movement of their hands.
The hand that is holding the suman too because miss ko na suman at kakanin natin!!

Best regards!

February 27, 2008 6:32 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice pictorial on hands!


February 27, 2008 9:13 PM  

Blogger Sidney said...

Interesting subject...
Why in b&w?

February 27, 2008 10:38 PM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

Hi Bernadette!

The dove was trying to break free and that explains the tighter than usual grip by the handler.

Speaking of observations with one's hands gestures, in high school, I became a fan of Mad Magazine. Its regular feature, Spy vs. Spy, had these two characters who accentuate their emotions with their hand gestures which were highly amusing.

As for handshakes, in the States, it ought to be firm and solid, which conveys confidence and sincerity. Here in the Philippines, a "softer" shake seems more preferable, especially in social settings. A tap on the should also is more common than a handshake when parting. In the States, firm handshakes.

I remember this guy I worked with in NY who was suspected of being gay in the office because of his somewhat effeminate hand gestures, especially with the pointed pinky when drinking his glass of wine or cup of coffee. Turned out, he was quite a Don Juan with several female colleagues ... hehehe.

February 28, 2008 7:04 AM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

Thanks, Lino!

I try to post subjects akin to dinner conversations -- eclectic and unpredictable so as to avoid boredom ... hehehe.

February 28, 2008 7:07 AM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

It made me think, BW, what we'd do without our hands. This is why this series makes me appreciate my hands even more. Something to thank God for :)

February 28, 2008 7:10 AM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

The guy next to him might be suffering from flatulence, Luna ... hehehe.

Wow! Love the quote, as well as the excerpt from Jewel's song. I like its first line: "I will not be made useless."

February 28, 2008 7:14 AM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

Hi Aura!

You must've have been traveling lots laterly, huh? Wonderful!

Thank you!

February 28, 2008 7:16 AM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

Thanks much, Kyels! Thoght you'd appreciate this series since you're a photographer also.

February 28, 2008 7:17 AM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

Thanks, Sidney!

I thought that b&w might lend the series a more docu/artsy feel to it, not to mention that the colors may take some attention away from the subject.

February 28, 2008 7:20 AM  

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