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Feb 6, 2015 at 1:59am PST
Sure, words can be very powerful, but sometimes there are complex emotions and situations that can only be expressed through visual means. Just ask Instagrammer Ibrahim Hammada, who uses his hands to illustrate the beauty, sadness and quirks of life in his imaginative #StoriesInMyHands series.

As a doctor living in Koblenz, Germany, Hammada began this thoughtful series as a way to express himself and make art in his spare time. To come up with ideas for shots, he looks around for objects and environments in his everyday life and applies a new significance to them based on his personal musings.

The caption for the photo above reads, "No matter how tough the circumstances are, with your care I can survive."

 

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Apr 5, 2015 at 11:56am PDT
"The common hand, and the uncommon one."
In addition to nurturing his boundless creativity, #StoriesInMyHands has allowed him to connect with people around the world who are moved by his touching artwork. He currently has more than 10,000 followers.

"Instagram is really one of the best things that happened in my life," Hammada writes, "it helped me find myself and gave me the opportunity to do what I love, so I am really grateful for this great community."

Continue below for a selection of these introspective images, and be sure to check out all of his work on his Instagram.

 

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Dec 19, 2014 at 1:00am PST
"My yellow flower has just passed away. Death is always so hard."
 

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Jan 19, 2015 at 1:43am PST
"Because I am always afraid of loneliness. Though sometimes I like to stay alone, I hate when it lasts for a long time."
 

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Jan 30, 2015 at 1:02am PST
"Sometimes we need to approach things in a special way to be able to see the beauty hidden in them."
 

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Feb 18, 2015 at 8:15am PST
"Cooking can be as enjoyable as billiards. And even more."
 

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Feb 25, 2015 at 8:36am PST

"I am having some flowers for dinner, what about your dinner?"
 

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Mar 12, 2015 at 6:56am PDT
"To myself I can be both, an ally and an adversary. The mini conflict inside never ceases."
 

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Mar 26, 2015 at 5:46am PDT
"When a book has a real effect on me. To be honest, it's not only about the words written in books, it is a matter of words in general. Every word I hear leaves a mark on me, as if it was really written on my skin. I am very sensitive to words, I just can't forget them easily."
 

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May 4, 2015 at 12:04pm PDT
"Finding my way to your heart out. It's so complicated."
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