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By the light of a Hand of Glory, I will rob you blind whilst you sleep
By the light of a Hand of Glory, I will rob you blind whilst you sleep

Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Icons of the Macabre (Extended Editing)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Nikon D7100
Lens: Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 35mm f/1.8G
Location: Chateau Snaffles
Date: Nov 6, 2017
Aperture: various
ISO: various
Shutter: various
Date Uploaded: Nov 7, 2017

The Hand of Glory is far better known in Europe and the UK than it is here. Generally it was the mummified left hand of a criminal who had hung from the gallows, a lit Hand of Glory - either with all five fingers serving as candles, or the hand clutching a single candle. Using one was supposed to put the occupants of a house into a deep sleep while robbers did their work. If someone else to hold the Hand, they would be paralyzed until the Hand was removed.

so again this unfamiliar subject matter makes this a dark horse entry that will barely scrape into the top ten. But so what. At least it got Extended treatment.

Mad a hand of glory out of a fake hand from my horse training days, with a latex glove over top of it, wax dribbled on it and yes, wicks made of wax-coated twine stuck to the ends of the fingers. Wrote occult designs on my hand with a henna pen. Used the inside of a Fisher-Price dollhouse for the interior, shot myself as both the sleeping figure and as the bad guy.

Place: 6 out of 41
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01/07/2018 03:22:30 AM
Spectacular work! Very talented.
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11/15/2017 02:50:34 PM
Hello from the critique club

An appealing image that meets the challenge well

Well Susan, you made the top ten, well done. Once again, there is a lot of thought and effort gone into this and the end result is truly macabre. Itís all well executed and suitably spooky. I have to plead my ignorance about the hand of glory but then I must have led a very sheltered life! Once again well done Susan.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
11/14/2017 11:33:16 PM
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11/13/2017 06:10:44 AM
Fabulous image. Hope for top three for you.
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