30 Hands in 30 Days / by Deen Schroeder

Personal projects are an important aspect of the creative process that is often overlooked. I would define a personal project as something that is very specific and takes a decent amount of time to complete. Having a project that is extremely specific forces you to find the creative opportunities hidden behind restrictions. A personal project should also take you a while to complete because the dedication and motivation required to get through it is something you cannot learn in a day or even a week.

This project was a born out of a random idea that took hold of me whilst I was driving to work one morning. I have been shooting film for a few months and thought that it is time to test myself creatively in this medium. The drive to work takes about 30 minutes and during that time I thought that I love black and white film and I find peoples’ hands absolutely fascinating. The decision to do it over 30 days was a product of the medium because you only get 36 shots on a roll of 35mm film.

I intentended to shoot in the most consistent way possible and offered little to no direction for the subjects whose hands I was photographing. This allowed for the subjects and their hands to visually tell their stories. My aim was to capture them in an interesting and authentic way.

The project was shot on the Nikon N2000 set to aperture priority. I used the Nikkor 50mm f1.8 AI-S lens which I shot wide open for every single shot. The film used was Ilford Delta HP5+ shot at box speed. All the photos below are as the were scanned by the lab. 

One Camera. One Roll of film. 30 sets of hands. 30 days.