Expressive hands, in paint and shadow

This seems to be my weekend to discover artists exploring fascinating ways to connect with the natural world. After stumbling onto Tsuneaki Hiramatsu’s firefly photographs, I saw some of body-painter Guido Daniele’s astonishing “handimals” in my daughter’s latest issue of National Geographic for Kids, and had to seek out more:

You can see much more of Daniele’s amazing, er, handiwork (how could I resist? come on!) on his blog. And it reminds me of some very impressive hand-shadow work I’ve seen in videos such as this tourism ad for Calcutta:

I’ve heard it said that hands can be expressive, but I don’t think I’ve realized until now just how profoundly true that is.

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