Incredibly detailed photos document the stories our hands tell.

Hands are more than just a useful part of the body.

Human hands helped to develop tools that pushed civilization forward. Our hands help us do everything from working and communicating to creating art and making music. Each hand can tell a story about a person’s life.

That’s exactly what photographer Omar Reda is showcasing in his new series, Hands: The Story of Life, in which he explores the beauty found in the hands of people from all walks of life. Reda traveled across Tanzania, Ethiopia, Nepal, and Saudi Arabia to capture these portraits.

1. Like this beautifully detailed hand of a 3-year-old boy from the Masai Tribe in Africa.

2. This worn hand that belongs to a gardener.

3. And this hand that belongs to a mechanic.

4. This hand may be small, but it belongs to a woman who’s worked many years on a farm.

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