September 1, 2009
• President: 1977-1981;
Earlier this year TIME presented a beautiful hand photo essay of the last 9 US presidents. US Palm reader Robin Gile presented a hand analysis for each president – without knowing that it was Jimmy Carter’s hand, this is how Robin Gile described Jimmy Carter’s hand:
“This man is tough, rigid, unyielding and stubborn,” Gile says. “The ability to compromise doesn’t appear to be a strong aspect in this hand. He’s got the gift of intuition, but he’s not the most intuitive of this set. He’s aware of the environment around him, but that sensitivity to it doesn’t make him change course. I would say he’s controlling and lacks flexibility.”
SUGGESTIONS FOR FURTHER READING:
• The hands of various US celebrities!
• Another beautiful photo of Jimmy Carter’s right hand!
• Presidential palm reading: the hands of Jimmy Carter!
• Presidential palmistry readings!
• How to recognize the hand of a US president?
Basil Pao, the photographer of the hands in the book, has accompanied Palin on all his journeys around the world for television between 1991 and 2006. The book includes an eloquent and revealing series of photo essays from more than 45 countries in the world, all of which focus on the human hand!
Basil Pao crops in tight on the hand – painting hands, writing hands, stitching hands, cooking hands, dancing hands - young hands and arthritic hands – a hand holding a dove, another holstering a gun. Palin perhaps overstates the case a little in suggesting that hands & fingers can be “as expressive as faces”, but nevertheless all hands do tell tales about their owners!
One reviewer of the book described: “I found myself flicking backwards and forwards between the immaculately painted nails of a young Russian woman and the chomped fingers of an Aussie crocodile farmer.”
Michael Palin writes in the foreword
“In our Western obsession with faces we have forgotten how characterful hands can be.”