This photography series explores what our hands reveal about us

Photography can capture some of the most jaw-dropping moments from panoramic drone shots of faraway landscapes that seem forever out of reach. But the medium also allows us to simply appreciate a different perspective on what we may take for granted on a daily basis.

Omar Reda knows this firsthand, and has devoted a whole series to the intricate beauty bestowed in handsHands: The Story of Life photographs 50 different subjects and tells their stories via the details in their palms.

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Tribal boy, approx three-years-old (Photo: Omar Reda)

On his website, Reda explains that hands have always been essential for our evolution and survival. Relating back to prehistoric humans using their hands to ignite fires, hunt, fight and survive, there is much more than we think below the surface.

“The hand is the main part that helps us to excel our skills across all the industries since the beginning of time. The palm lines in our hands unveil the underlying truth about our lives. They uncover our struggle, burden and life passage that we chose. 

In this continuous series, I am trying to capture the beauty of human hands around the world and from the different scope of life. People from tribes, villages, and cities.”

Throughout the series, Omar photographed people of all ages, in a wide range of professions and stages of life. From personal strife to professional ambition, every color, texture, and experience can be traced back to the details in a person’s hands.

You can discover Omar’s full range of work on his website and Instagram account — and pore over some of his fascinating shots below.

Holy man (Photo: Omar Reda)

Holy man (Photo: Omar Reda)

Blacksmith (Photo: Omar Reda)

Blacksmith (Photo: Omar Reda)

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Tribal elderly woman (Photo: Omar Reda)

Carpenter (Photo: Omar Reda)

Carpenter (Photo: Omar Reda)

Farmer girl (Photo: Omar Read)

Farmer girl (Photo: Omar Reda)

Holy man (Photo: Omar Reda)

Holy man (Photo: Omar Reda)

Baker (Photo: Omar Reda)

Baker (Photo: Omar Reda)

Tribal elderly man (Photo: Omar Reda)

Tribal elderly man (Photo: Omar Reda)

Pottery Maker (Photo: Omar Reda)

Pottery Maker (Photo: Omar Reda)

Haidresser (Photo: Omar Reda)

Hairdresser (Photo: Omar Reda)

Holy man (Photo: Omar Reda)

Holy man (Photo: Omar Reda)

Originally published on Konbini

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