It is often said that artists are the recorders of history. Whether it is through a pencil, a paintbrush, or, in this case, a camera.
This photograph shows the love and respect one artist has for another. Tom Stoddart photographs the hands of British photojournalist Don McCullin at dawn near Hadrian’s Wall in Northumberland, United Kingdom in November 2009.
Don McCullin is a renowned British photographer recognized for his images scrutinizing urban sociological issues. In a somewhat rare opportunity, we have access to seeing his likeness with his camera rather than behind it. Stoddart’s closeup of the photographer’s hands inspires several analyses of what it means to be human; from the wrinkled skin and staggered veins signifying aging and accomplishment to the precious way in which he cradles his camera representing the vitality of art, McCullin’s hands are a symbol that needs accentuated.