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Hands are telling stories

“Hands are telling stories …” – A photographic love affair

I love portraying people. But what also intrigued me ever since I started were their hands! There’s a reason why we say „Hands are telling stories …“ And indeed I strongly believe that you not only can ‘read’ a lot in the face of someone but also when you take a closer look at his/her hands.
When I travel I find it particularly appealing to meet new people of other cultures and to portray them. Frequently I also shift my focus to their hands. And from time to time it happens that the photo of their hands is actually stronger than the portrait. Here are some examples I personally like …

Travel Photography, Photography Expedition, India, Thorge Berger

Pilgrims waiting for food at the ‘Maha Khumbh Mela’ in Allahabad, Indie – February 2013

Travel Photography, Photo Expedition, India, Thorge Berger

Hand of a Jain priest in Bikaner, India – January 2014

Travel Photography, Photography Expedition, Bhutan, Thorge Berger

Hands od an old nun in Thimphu, Bhutan – September 2012

Travel Photography, Photography Expedition, Thailand, Thorge Berger

Hands of a vendor at the ‘Weekend Market’ in Bangkok, Thailand – December 2006

Travel Photography, Photography Expedition, India, Thorge Berger

Hands of a Barber in Allahabad, India shaving the head of a pilgrim – February 2013

Travel Photography, Photography Expedition, India, Thorge Berger

Hands of a young Kalarippayat fighter in Kerala, India – January 2015

Travel Photography, Photography Expedition, Bhutan, Thorge Berger

Hands of a believer holding a Prayer Wheel in Thimphu, Bhutan – March 2014

Travel Photography, Photography Expedition, Bhutan, Thorge Berger

You girl in Thimphu, Bhutan – September 2012

Travel Photography, Photography Expedition, Germany, Thorge Berger

Hands of a visitor of the ‘Middle-Age Festival’ in Cologne, Germany – August 2013

Travel Photography, Photography Expedition, India, Thorge Berger

Henna Tattoos in Goa, India – December 2013

Travel Photography, Photography Expedition, Bhutan, Thorge Berger

Hands of an old man praying in Bhutan – March 2015

Travel Photography, Photography Expedition, Indonesia, Thorge Berger

Hands of a farmer in Bali, Indonesia – December 2010

Travel Photography, Photography Expedition, Bhutan, Thorge Berger

Hands of an old woman showing her jewelry in Punnakha, Bhutan – March 2014

Travel Photography, Photography Expedition, India, Thorge Berger

A girl with Henna tattoos is stroking a camel in Bikaner, India – January 2014

Travel Photography, Photography Expedition, Bhutan, Thorge Berger

Hands of a soldier in the Punnakha Dzong, Bhutan – March 2014

Travel Photography, Photography Expedition, India, Thorge Berger

A pilgrim is performing his ceremony at the shore of the Ganges in Varanasi, India – February 2013

Travel Photography, Photography Expedition, Bhutan, Thorge Berger

Hands of an Archer holding his Bow in Thimphu, Bhutan – July 2011

Travel Photography, Photography Expedition, India, Thorge Berger

A Kathakali Dancer is preparing his Make-up in Kerala, India – January 2015

Travel Photography, Photography Expedition, India, Thorge Berger

Hands and feet of an old woman in Delhi, India – February 2013

Travel Photography, Photography Expedition, Bhutan, Thorge Berger

Hands of a buddhist believer in Phobjikha, Bhutan – March 2014

Travel Photography, Photography Expedition, India, Thorge Berger

Hands of a Theyyam priest and a believer during a ‘consultation’ in Kerala, India – January 2015

Travel Photography, Photography Expedition, India, Thorge Berger

A hands of a tea picker in Kerala, India – January 2015

Travel Photography, Photography Expedition, Indonesia, Thorge Berger

A boy in Bali, Indonesia mimics me while I photograph him – December 2010

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