I’ve been collaborating with Dani for years. She has appeared in all of my books, including the cover of Chroma. I’ve been on a slow-shutter kick lately and continued down that path with this shoot. Aside from shooting “traditional” portraits, I wanted to take portraits of her hands as well.
In my shoots I aspire to capture something beyond the outer appearance of my subject, and yet it can be quite hard to look past the specifics of a subjects appearance to get a glimpse of their soul. This is why I like to photograph hands. Not only do I find hands to be as expressive as faces, but they come with the added bonus of not being about any one person in particular. They are more universal in that way. As a viewer, you can more easily put yourself in the image, connecting with the struggle or aspirations in a gesture.