08 February 2014

Flashing the V Sign All Over Asia

The popular V sign is a hand gesture in which the index and middle fingers are raised and parted, while the other fingers are clenched. It has various meanings, depending on the cultural context and how it is presented (e.g. victory, peace; insult).

In China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan, the V sign is a popular pose in photographs. It is used in both casual and formal settings. For the most part in these countries, the gesture is divorced from its previous meanings as a peace sign or as an insult; for most the meaning of the sign is "victory" or "yeah", implying a feeling of happiness. It is used in both directions (palm facing the signer and palm facing forward).

people, street portrait, East Asia, China, V sign, Chinese beauty, Chinese woman, © Matt Hahnewald, Facing the World, 50 mm prime lens, Guiyang, Guìzhōu Province

people, street portrait, East Asia, China, V sign, Chinese beauty, Chinese woman, © Matt Hahnewald, Facing the World, 50 mm prime lens, Guiyang, Guìzhōu Province

people, street portrait, East Asia, China, V sign, Chinese beauty, Chinese woman, © Matt Hahnewald, Facing the World, 50 mm prime lens, Guiyang, Guìzhōu Province

people, street portrait, East Asia, V sign, Taiwanese beauty, dust mask, Chinese woman, © Matt Hahnewald, Facing the World, 50 mm prime lens, Kaohsiung, Taiwan

people, street portrait, East Asia, China, V sign, Chinese beauty, Chinese woman, © Matt Hahnewald, Facing the World, 50 mm prime lens, Pingyao, Shanxi Province

people, street portrait, East Asia, V sign, Taiwanese woman, © Matt Hahnewald, Facing the World, 50 mm prime lens, Taipei, Taiwan

people, street portrait, East Asia, China, V sign, Chinese beauty, floral hair wreath, Chinese woman, © Matt Hahnewald, Facing the World, 50 mm prime lens, Xingping, Guangxi Province

people, street portrait, East Asia, China, V sign, Chinese beauty, Chinese woman, © Matt Hahnewald, Facing the World, 50 mm prime lens, Guangshou, Guangdong Province

people, street portrait, East Asia, V sign, Taiwanese beauty, Taiwanese woman, © Matt Hahnewald, Facing the World, 50 mm prime lens, Kaohsiung, Taiwan

people, street portrait, East Asia, double V sign, Taiwanese beauty, Taiwanese woman, © Matt Hahnewald, Facing the World, 50 mm prime lens, Fo Guang Shan, Taiwan

people, street portrait, East Asia, V sign, Japanese beauty, © Matt Hahnewald, Facing the World, 50 mm prime lens, Kyoto, Japan

people, street portrait, East Asia, V sign, Japanese beauty, © Matt Hahnewald, Facing the World, 50 mm prime lens, Kyoto, Japan

people, street portrait, East Asia, double V sign, Japanese beauty, © Matt Hahnewald, Facing the World, 50 mm prime lens, Kyoto, Japan

people, street portrait, Southeast Asia, V sign, Thai man, Songkran, © Matt Hahnewald, Facing the World, 50 mm prime lens, Bangkok, Thailand


Street portrait photographs of people flashing the V sign in Matt Hahnewald's

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