Last Friday, we gave you the difficult assignment of photographing #hands. Because the smallest gesture can express so many different things, submissions covered a wide range of topics. We witnessed expressions of love, sadness, joy, and solitude–all without words, and all portrayed through simple images of hands.

Scroll down to view our favorite submissions and prepare yourself to be inspired. 

pictures of hands

pictures of hands

pictures of hands

pictures of hands

pictures of hands

pictures of hands

pictures of hands

pictures of hands

pictures of hands

pictures of hands

pictures of hands

pictures of hands