Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Focus On: Eyes

The Eyes Have It

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


PhotoGrunt is Steve Raley, a photographic documentarian from Seattle, Washington.  He captures images wherever he goes, and he  frequently even uses a camera.  His work can be seen on his websiteblog and his Etsy shop.


First Light Photography said...

Beautiful! I remember in school they told us to always use the eyes as the thing to focus on! You've made grand choices, Steve! Bravo!

AAZen said...

Awesome collection of images! I'm honored to have my full moon Lakshmi included. I'm a huge fan of the images "I see you" by COUCOU, and "Dirty Pretty Things" by lightleaks. Awesome selections! said...

The "eyes" have it! :)

Celtic Cat said...

Really great choices here, and yes the eyes have it!

Mary said...

I love the innocence in the little girl's eyes...and the beautiful macro cool!

eleanors said...

Definitely great collection, love them all! I am honored to be included, thanks, Steve!

readingsully2 said...


Julie Magers Soulen said...

Fabulous collection! I love your choices. You constantly keep me engaged with your "eye" for great photography!

Julie Magers Soulen Photography

joanna's foto said...

What an amazing collection! Truly stunning photography.

Matthias said...

Wow, thank you for featuring my monkey eyes at the top! :-) A great selection overall, congrats to all for the beautiful photographs!

patk860 said...

Wonderful selections, Steve! Thanks for including my eye of the beholder. I am mesmerized by coucou & I engaged in different ways with each photo. Well done!

Nakedeye17 said...

Always a joy to see what your imagination has conjured. Glad to be back on line to enjoy all these gorgeous shots. Kudos, Steve!