Hands at Work
Hands at Work is a series that began as I was working in my gardens at Moon & Stars Farm. The farm is located at the entrance of Everglades National Park and can be very quiet and isolating. It was a hot humid day, I was listening to the sound of birds and the low humming vibrations of insects all around and I thought, how amazing is it that I can grow food for families and plant native trees and restore habitats with these two hands. I watched the 2.5 acres of land transform and grow year after year, and I had so much gratitude for the accomplishments of the human hand.
I began to think about what hands contribute to daily, how we consume, build mountains of trash (See my piece "How Many Hands Make Mountains"), build empires, create poison, destroy each other and the Earth around us. But I know and have witnessed the power of many hands working to make change. This on-going series documents the many hands at work, often portraying the tools they are using, fruits of the labor, wounds or magic moments of being in the process of work.
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In addition to these photographs there is a collection of video footage where people were asked to wear a camera on their head while they were working, the footage ranges from beekeeping, farming, logging, woodworking and a day collecting data in the Everglades with a biologist.
"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has." ~ Margaret Mead