Said to be the windows to the soul, the eyes are arguably our most expressive and noticable feature. No matter what else is in the image, no matter what else may be exposed or covered, our attention always comes back to the eyes.
When we want to communicate anything important we tend to look each other in the eye. Conversely, when we're ashamed or being deceptive, we tend to avoid eye contact all together.
With photography, we're trying to engage the viewer, to bring them into the photograph. There's no better way to do that than to focus on the eyes, specifically, the highlights in the eyes. A multitude of of photographic sins may be commited, but if you've captured the eyes, you've captured the viewer.
I would now like to share with you the work of some of our fellow artists that have embraced this concept.
Celebes Crested Macaque - MatkirschPhoto
COUCOU....I see you... - ImagineStudio
Death and the maiden - eilwen
Dirty Pretty Things - lightleaks
eye of the beholder - PhotogenicGallery
Full Moon Lakshmi - ancientartizen
The Grumpy Owl - PhotographyByLilith
Hysteria - TeresAdora
joe buck yourself - swampratphotography
lulu - ellemoss
Paris - eleanors
What R we waiting for - AmelieAPoulain
Rhino Eye - MattJZylSaw
Wonder - brownrose