Estacada's Spiral Gallery will showcase seven decades of work focused on hands by photographer Boyd Holloway

COURTESY PHOTO: BOYD HOLLOWAY - Boyd Holloway's upcoming Spiral Gallery show Hands features several photos from the Estacada Summer Celebration.

An upcoming show at the Spiral Gallery includes seven decades of photography while highlighting the role hands play in everyday life.

"So many people express themselves and what they say with their hands," said photographer Boyd Holloway.

His show, aptly titled "Hands," will be featured during March at the Spiral Gallery. There will be an opening reception from 6-8 p.m. Friday, March 6, at the gallery at 341 S. Broadway St.

The show features more than 500 images that show hands engaged in various activities, from playing musical instruments and painting to holding pets and lighting birthday candles.

Many of the shots are locally based, taken at events like the Estacada Summer Celebration and the Philip Foster Farm Cider Squeeze, while others were taken abroad.

For Holloway, some of the most meaningful photos show sign language and braille since they facilitate communication for many people.

He's also interested in the ways in which the images illustrate change.

"I saw a sequence of things evolving," Holloway said. "A typewriter winding up to everyone using cell phones now. Things have progressed."

During his tenure as a photographer, Holloway has worked for radio and television stations, as well as advertising agencies. He's the former president of the Portland Metropolitan Photographers Association and at one point in his career, had four photography studios.

Holloway noted that sorting through 70 years of photography for "Hands" brought back many memories.

"I did not realize the impact it was going to have on me as I searched through my years of files from black and white to color, film then digital," he wrote in an artist statement for the show. "It brought back so many memories of the clients I photographed and the people I met."

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