Frequently Asked Questions
Some frequently asked questions & helpful answers:
- Can I send you a photo of my pets paws? - sorry no. This project is about us humans only.
- I'm on my own, how do I take a photo of both my hands? - use a timed setting on a webcam, make a new friend & ask them to help you or take a photo of one hand at a time.
- I'm part of a large group and don't know how I'll take photos of everyone by myself? - if you're local London, England then send a message to Franceska McCullough and she'll arrange to come and help you.
- Can I write on my hands or make cool gestures? - if writing on your hands relates to someone you wish to memorialise then please do but if possible its preferred to have hands positioned palm side up and cupped open in a universal message offering peace to the dead each hand represents and hope to the children of War Child.
- What will happen to my hand photos? - your hand photos will be labeled however you've requested and added to the collection which will be included in slide shows and digital graffiti projections and exhibitions around the world for as many years as possible to help change the world's perception about how all human life is valued.
- How many lives do my hands represent? - one hand = one life
- Will you own my hand photo after I send it to you or do I keep the copyright to it? - all photos are copyrighted to the original people who took the photos. Franceska will happily document your copyright to an image if you feel concerned as she doesn't intend any infringement and it is entirely up to you if you will share your hand photos to the project. Please do note that any funding generated from this project goes directly to benefit children of War Child via this projects fund page: www.justgiving.com/11millionhands.
- Do you take photos of children and babies hands? - yes. These are the most moving photos to receive as they touch the heart if you think about the babies and children who were killed by the Nazis. Youngsters hands are also symbolic of the children and babies struggling for survival nowadays where war is a serious threat to their futures.
- Can I promote my project on your facebook page? - please refrain from posting your advertisements on the project facebook page. You are however welcome to send Franceska a message if you would like her to promote your project especially if it relates to 11 Million Hands for 11 Million Lives.
- How do you count every hand? - Franceska keeps track of each hand on the continuously updated facebook project page as well as on her computer by numbering each hand and the total in each image. Each contribution is added to the collected hands so far as well as an update added as the page status. If there are personal stories offered or names of contributors then these are added to the collected photo so all hands remain about the individuals who have joined in as well as those the hands represent.
- Do you have a deadline and how many years will it take to reach 11 million hands? - there is no deadline. Franceska's objective is to reach as many people around the world as possible in order to reach her goal of 11 million hands as its not about how many years it takes to complete this project but rather how far it will travel to achieve peace.
- Is this project funded and is there a team? - this project isn't funded. Franceska works on her own to collect hand photos though she has an excellent network of very supportive friends and family around the world who contribute a great deal to her project.
- I've done the math and don't think you'll live long enough to finish your project. Do you plan on living forever? - its not a matter of how many years it will take but rather how many people it will reach. Success is coming.
- I'm disabled and my hands don't look like everyone elses. Should I still join in? - everyone is welcome to join in regardless of their differences. Please join in if you feel comfortable to do so. Everyone is unique and it is this beautiful individualism which is most appreciated in this project because it brings a human side to those 11 million people these hands strive to represent and reminds us to remember how important all human life is.