is an analog photographic series by Verena Frye that portrays tattooed hands.
I sometimes saw pictures of friends or people—just of their hands—and I realized I recognized them from only seeing their hands. I approached this project with a question: How much anonymity do you retain after having your hands tattooed? How much of your personality do you show through your hands especially when they are marked in this way?
To give every photograph another level of personality and identity I asked every person to chose an object that they think represents them somehow or that they like.
They chose all kinds of different things from more serious ones to very light-hearted objects.
I chose the name Descriptive Anatomy because it used to be a traditional form of medical method which looked at the exterior of a person in order to understand what was going on inside of them.
So when you look at every photograph, how much do you think will you learn about the person behind the hands?
I am very grateful for all the amazing personalities who I was able to meet due to this project and who made this series possible.
I photographed all kinds of different people from over 15 countries and to have them united in this book will be a great satisfaction for me.
I’ve been working on this project since 2013. It was my first uni project and I’ve never stopped since.
All photographs were taken with an analog medium format Mamiya 645 camera and black and white film.
Now I need your support and engagement to make all these years of work worth it and see it completed in a book!
The book will have
- - a minimum of 100 photographs and 200 pages
- - text in English, German and Portuguese
- - a size of approx. 33x24 cm
- - will be signed by Verena Frye
The 'Bloody Hand' T-shirt
You can also purchase this t-shirt made of 100% cotton to support the project! It has an analog 35mm photo showing tattoo artist Finn Laudwein’s palm printed on the back and the script on the front. (Please note this photo is not part of the Descriptive Anatomy book.)
The 'Matchstick' Tote Bag
has a Descriptive Anatomy photo and script printed on it. The photographed hands are tattoo artist Laura ‘The Girl With The Matchsticks’ Yahna's.
The 'Polly' XL Postcard
All Descriptive Anatomy photographs are printed on 'Hahnemühle 310gsm Photo Rag Satin' archival grade fine art paper.
- signed and numbered
- limited to 12 + AP in 30x40cm
- limited to 3 + AP in 65x50 cm
I can chose a photograph for you or you can let me know if you already know which print you would like to purchase. You can also message me to see if there is a specific object you would like to have on the print, someone might be holding it in the book!
Please note: prints are limited, so please message me if you have a specific desired print, to see if it's still available!
The money raised in the kickstarter campaign will be used for:
- the printing and production of the book
- the designing and layout of the book
- the lithographer so I can provide the best quality printing and representation of the photographs in the book
- production of all the additional rewards (postcards, prints, t-shirts, tote bags)
- the shipping costs and packaging materials
- Kickstarter takes 5%, plus another 3-5% for payment processing
Unless this project really takes off, all of the years I've already spent: shooting, editing, developing, writing, filming, traveling and scanning, plus the time required for overseeing the design and production of the books and hand-finishing and packaging of the books and rewards -- will have been a labour of love and passion.
Special Thanks to Ali Naddafi for the Kickstarter- Video!
About Verena Frye
Verena Frye is a 27 year old German-Brazilian fashion and portrait photographer based in Berlin and São Paulo. She grew up in Berlin and graduated in photography at Lette-Verein in 2016. After that she completed an internship with the photographer Rankin in London. Now she is working as a freelance photographer.
was Verena Frye's first uni project in 2013 which she continues working on to this day. In 2014 she did an exhibition with the first 20 photographs at Schwarzes Café in Berlin-Charlottenburg and is now looking forward to release a book with all the photographs she has been taken for the series in the past years.
Article about Descriptive Anatomy in Tattoo Life Magazine:
Risks and challenges
The main risk of crowdfunding is that you might not achieve your fund-goal, so I need as much support as possible, not only financially but also for promotion!
If we manage to raise the fund goal there is always the possibility of something not going as planned such as delays with designing, delivery etc., but if anything unforeseen happens I will promise to keep my backers informed as the project progresses.
- (30 days)