Photographer Omar Reda has been making a series of photos on the stories hands tell.
Three-year-old boy from the Masai Tribe in Africa
This boy has a beautifully long curved Heart/Emotion Line – rare to see in this ‘perfect’ state: smoothly ending between the index and middle fingers. It shows a child very in touch with his feelings; he can easily express himself emotionally and will healthily release any emotions as they come up.
This gardener has a short, bent Index Finger. It shows a lack of self-belief and confidence. He has a huge thumb ball showinggreat energy and stamina, and a very short Head Line showing someone who lives in the moment and who focuses on their immediate environment.
This mechanic has a long Little Finger, showing good communication skills, someone with depth and a deeper insight into things. The end of the Head Line flicks up toward the Little Finger, showing an ability to think and see things objectively. This mechanic also has fine vertical lines under the Little Finger, sometimes known as the ‘medical stigmata’. This is found on healers, carers and therapists. There is certainly a side to this man, shown in his hand, that his job title doesn’t indicate.
This lady has a weak Life Line, which is not as clear and strong as her Heart and Head Lines. This shows a lack of stability and definitely indicates a sense of not feeling grounded. This is unusual to find on someone who works on the land in a rhythmical way (which would help ground someone). Her lack of Longitudinal crease/Fate Line shows an innate lack of purpose. These feelings will not be easy for her to express as she has a low set Heart Line and short Little Finger.
Elderly tribal woman
Local holy man
A girl from a tribal village
All images by Omar Reda.
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