|I find myself attracted to hands. So during my visit to the Gallery, that is all I photographed. Hands in a photograph tell us a lot about the subject. Hands in a painting CAN tell us about the subject, but they can also tell us whether the artist truly valued hands.|
ABOVE: the hands of Nancy Wake as painted by Melissa Beowulf
Wake (1912-2011) was an Australian journalist who worked in the French Resistance for the English during World War II.
BELOW: the hands of Nancy Bird Walton (1915 - 2009) as painted by Judy Cassab
Bird-Walton was an aviatrix who worked in the rough'n' tumble of outback flying until World War II, when she became involved with training other pilots.
|The National Portrait Gallery in Canberra opened in December 2008.|