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Discovering Life Through Our Hands with Tehran’s @mo3eni

To view more photos and videos from Mohsen, follow @mo3eni on Instagram

"We always do our job with our hands, but we never focus on them," says Mohsen Oliaei (@mo3eni), an architecture student from Tehran who fills his Instagram account with photos from his daily life in a special and beautiful way. Mohsen uses hands in his photos to show our delicate interplay with the world around us: “We think that they’re just hands, but they aren’t. They put our feelings, thoughts and everything that happens in our minds into the things that we touch. They’re absolutely a bridge between our feelings and the outside world.”

Moshen says he relies on gut feeling when composing his photos. When shooting a small flower in his palm, for example, he “felt some love within it and thought that it needed a little light and a little help.” He further explains: “I felt a mixture of white light and my hand would remind some of serenity and peace. I think the center of composition is feeling—when you feel good about something, that’s the right composition.”

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Hand in Hand with @benedettodemaio

For more from Benedetto’s hand series and studies in blue, follow @benedettodemaio on Instagram.

"I define myself first and foremost as a draftsman," states Milan art teacher and Instagrammer Benedetto Demaio (@benedettodemaio). “Drawing is my biggest passion. It’s what identifies me, what makes me alive—my oxygen.”

Benedetto’s photos are often marked by two themes that he holds very dear: his hands and a striking shade of turquoise blue.

As he explains, hands are precious symbols of crafting and making. “They interpret my daily life, express feelings and emotions and draw my thoughts in simple gestures. They move into a luminous non-space, play with objects around me, caressing colors. They live. I entrust them to my senses, all through them I explore my reality, I experience new visual languages and free my creativity. I use my hands to tell my story. They speak about me and for me.”

The turquoise, however, has its roots in his upbringing. He explains, “I live in Milan, but I was born in a village in southern Italy overlooking the Tyrrhenian Sea. The colors of the place where I grew up—the gradients of the rough sea, the shades of the sea bottom, the turquoise that characterizes my work—is an evocation of my origins, the feeling of belonging to a wonderful land, a place that formed me, my home. Inserting a touch of that tone in my work reassures me.”

Though he doesn’t consider himself a photographer, his love of the medium drew him into the Instagram community. “I like this virtual environment where we can draw inspiration and nurture creativity,” he shares. “Most of all, I like the simple way in which we interact with others with whom you share a common passion for photography.”

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Weekend Hashtag Project: #WHPhandinhand

Weekend Hashtag Project is a series featuring designated themes & hashtags chosen by Instagram’s Community Team. For a chance to be featured on the Instagram blog, follow @instagram and look for a post announcing the weekend’s project every Friday.

This weekend’s tag was #WHPhandinhand, which asked participants to take creative photos and videos of hands. Every Monday we feature some of our favorite submissions from the project, but be sure to check out the rest here.

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Weekend Hashtag Project: #WHPhandinhand

Weekend Hashtag Project is a series featuring designated themes & hashtags chosen by Instagram’s Community Team. For a chance to be featured on the Instagram blog, follow @instagram and look for a post announcing the weekend’s project every Friday.

The goal this weekend is to take creative photos and videos of hands. Some tips to get you started:

  • Hands can be extremely expressive. Spend some time observing people’s body language to get an idea for how they hold their hands depending on their mood and emotions.
  • Our hands are constantly working. Whether they’re painting, sewing, writing, typing or building, keep an eye out for how you can capture hands at work—especially with video.
  • Age can play a big part in telling the story of your photo or video. A child’s youthful hands can convey joy and excitement, whereas older hands lined with the wrinkles of time can create a more tranquil scene.

PROJECT RULES: Please only add the #WHPhandinhand hashtag to photos and videos taken over this weekend and only submit your own photographs and videos to the project. Any image or video taken then tagged over the weekend is eligible to be featured right here Monday morning!