By Bonnie Hinschberger – Co-Founder, Broad Escapes – Tours for Women
Some of my favourite travel photos are of the hands of people I have met. I’m intrigued by hands and often reach out to my late father for guidance and inspiration by looking at a carving he made of his own hand. In the carving I see the strength of a hard-working man who had a creative talent and a gentle soul. When I travel and language is a barrier, hands often tell the stories of the people I meet. Universally a mother’s hand offers protection and unconditional love. A friendly gesture with a hand sends a welcoming message to those around them. Reaching out and touching a hand with a genuine handshake, can, in many countries, be one of the most gracious acts one can give to someone they just met.
The hands of farmers supply the food and those who prepare it use their hands to create the culinary delights of their country. Artisans use their hands, resourcefulness and traditions passed down from their ancestors to produce unique products specific to their county.
It is the hands of the people that weave together the threads of their country, which make it unique and desirable to visit and explore.
Here are some photos of hands I have captured along my journeys.