I remember meeting this lady in Inglewood, Taranaki 1981. She said she was a gum diggers wife in about 1910. Her hands were always wet from washing gum and were wrinkled as a young woman.
I found this lady in a cafe in Wellington this year while having a coffee with John Fields (exhibited at PhotoSpace recently with beautiful work from the 1960/70s). I wanted to do a portrait of the lady but was drawn to her hands. She was a regular in the cafe and I took a picture back to her.
These are the hands of John Bain a retired film maker of Wellington. He is now in his 80s and gets around in a wheel chair. He often makes the trip (on his own) to the movies. He travels across Porirua, under the motorway and watches every film he can.