A grieving hand
A grieving hand consists of 21 ink jet prints, hand-bound using the Secret Belgian Binding technique.
Six years ago my wife and I had a miscarriage. The experience is the single saddest moment of my life. The enormity of it brought an ineffable grief. This book helps lay those feelings to rest.
Kate and I wanted kids. I didn’t know that it would be so difficult. Left with a diagnosis of “unexplained infertility,” we were unable to conceive a child. After I lost that landmark in life, I lost my way.
Unknowingly, my photographs circumscribed a path of understanding. Only later, after collecting these images into a series, did their meaning become apparent. I discovered that the objects held in Kate’s hand represented our pregnancies. They are similar in size and as the book progresses, viability. A grieving hand was born out of my unrelenting subconscious desire to understand what happened.
My book reflects more than just the pain of that experience. It shares our earnest and joyful beginning. And, I hope, an ending that is more than just survival. Rather, one that affords us joy.
- Amadeo Lasansky, Nashville 2020
Edition of 1
8¾” x 11¼"