Faceless hands – Mark Berger

 Posted by on August 26, 2015  Add comments
Aug 262015
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The clothes we wear are produced by people. Yet do we have any idea who
they are?

Similarly with photographs in the news media. How often do we see
something like ‘Photos: Reuters’ without any credit to the photographer
who made the image?

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  2 Responses to “Faceless hands – Mark Berger”

  1. Mark, welcome and thanks for sharing your image. I like this image. I particularly like how you have used the photographic medium to provide a response to something that you have thought about instead of capturing a technically perfect chocolate box landscape or portrait. I find your image powerful, unsettling and compulsively it draws me to look at it again and again. It makes me think about ourselves as humanity in general and how we interact with others and our inner selves. We use the human face to look for many clues as to what / who the person is and then how we will respond to that person. When the facial features are removed we are somewhat cast adrift from our reassuring / comfortable assessment habits which leaves us somewhat vulnerable. My next response when viewing your image was to go to the hands, to see what they were doing so I could figure out how next to respond to the person. But I want to keep checking back to the face to see if my sensory data is corroborated and it doesn’t happen without the facial data being visible. Hence the unsettling aspect I feel when I look at your image. Then the next layer is to examine my response and find out why I feel this way which leads me on to a stronger interaction and response to your challenge. For me this is exciting creative work from a photographer. You’ve done your job here.

  2. Mark, thanks for sharing such intriguing work with us. I have looked at this image several times and like Pauline end up in an unsettled place. Faceless humans goes against every grain. We seek affirmation from eyes, facial expressions and body language. Not in isolation but all working together as an integrated whole. Take one away and we fall apart, we just don’t know what to make of the whole. The face is most important, it is primary, not secondary therefore taking it away leaves me floudering. As Pauline says, you have done your job. Production is exceptional, as always. Thanks for sharing with us.

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