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Why fold your hands, and center them, in portraits?

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What's this pose called? Let's not call it crossing your palms!

Anyways, in portraits, the subject usually never shows hands. Then why clinch your hands, then center them in the center of the portrait? What do the clasped hands betoken?

Top — Zenith. Middle — Natalie. Bottom — Wilson.

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It's a posed artistic license or body sign language that reveals the condition of the hands and fingers which often reveal something. It might be said that it is a caring pose with the dominant hand on top over the protected one. Long fingers for example show artistic personality strengths. It also shows jewelry preferences or sometimes marital status or some other poised message of love or peace. The hands can also display youth or age and experience. In dynamic poses, hand positions can display confidence, strength or insecurity.

Compare the emotional contrast to other hand positions such as a triangle or interlocked fingers or palmed fist or hidden hands.

In any case, the hands are part of the non-verbal communication that are part of the sales pitch to invite customers.

Which career positions might be in-appropriate or appropriate for this photographic pose?

Criminal Lawyer? or Public Defender?
Coroner ? or Family Doctor ?
Concert Pianist or Violinist?

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Why? Probably because the photographer told the subjects to do that. Personally, I don't think it looks that great. The bottom picture seems better to me than the others in that regard, but I can't really say why.

In any case, you'd have to ask the photographer why he thinks this pose looks better. Artistic value is very much in the eye of the beholder.

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Wrist flexion? (2 comments)

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