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The "Hand" of Miles Davis (trumpet player)

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The Hand with its mysterious gesture, is a hand in action of the coolest jazz trumpet player Miles Davis!

It is not an original image as I thought, but it was inspired by a photograph of Irving Penn used on 1986 Davis's Album Tutu

Here is the original use!. The artist here is Rachel David (no relation to Davis), but I am not 100% sure.

I was asking originally, what does this the gesture means and the answers were thoughtful and surprising.

Try the gesture your self, I can not keep the ring finger strait!

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Comments (76)

Christos Theodorou on April 26, 2013

The trumpet was missing ? Outstanding and original photo. Hello from Athens

Guizel J.c on April 26, 2013

Good composition

Yes,where is the trumpet !!



tor tom on April 26, 2013

He is blowing so gently, it feels like the trumpet is not even there.

That's Miles for you!

Dida from Augsburg on April 26, 2013

Another sight to "the finger" but I like this gesture more! ;-D



amadeus2050 on April 26, 2013

Nice picture. LIKE 36. Best wishes.


K. H. Johansen on April 26, 2013

Det er noget der trækker, SUPER. mange hilsner Kurt

David Edwards on April 27, 2013

Once you know, you can almost see the trumpet, Tom!

Have made favourite.

Very best, David.

Luppo Lui on April 27, 2013

beautiful capture, fine composition

LIKE added

cheers, Dietmar

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Zlatan Olić on April 27, 2013

very well painted well known gesture, very well done pic


kostas papantoniou-V… on April 27, 2013

Hmm.. nice photo and interesting story.Well, it looks to me as the opposite gesture of showing the middle finger,which in ancient Greece was a phallic symbol.But it could be just the way he used to play his trumpet.Only Miles could tell us about the meaning. Happy weekend,Kostas

tor tom on April 27, 2013

Kostas, I do not think it was Miles idea. The photographer I.Penn was very detail oriented. I seen his exhibition in Toronto in the 80's. Very precise, meticulous black & white photos.

Jabrus on April 28, 2013

Buen tiro. Like. Yo prefiero siempre el original.

Mone de Castro on April 28, 2013

Interessante. Gosto. Saudações do Brasil.

Бобан Армуш on April 28, 2013


Erik van den Ham on April 29, 2013

Even after thousand Miles, David is the best! Love to hear him play.

Best regards, Erik

"Cuky"/A.S.G."NO VIE… on April 29, 2013

The original one simultaneously that beautiful painting. Congratulations and Like de Antonio/Cuky.

xacobeo4 on April 30, 2013

Gorgeous,I love Jazz so this is great inspiration for the time,nice shot you only need the Trumpet with sordina of Miles, cheers, good night.greetings from here to there

tor tom on April 30, 2013

Boban, if I promise, I deliver (Ok took little longer..;-). Great link, Rebeca, is playing in the background!

I never seen him play, his life was too short! Actually for the hard living, 65 years was a long life!

C haydeé on April 30, 2013

Hermosa imagen. LIKE

Un amable saludo desde Argentina Chaydeé

anabella43 on April 30, 2013


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Photo details

  • Uploaded on April 23, 2013
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    by tor tom
    • Camera: Panasonic DMC-ZS5
    • Taken on 2011/07/02 08:21:26
    • Exposure: 0.500s (1/2)
    • Focal Length: 4.10mm
    • F/Stop: f/3.300
    • ISO Speed: ISO800
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash