Friday, March 12, 2010


Several of the photos above have been posted at one time or another on my blog. I wanted to try to get them together to make a point.

If I were a betting man...I would lay good odds that as you looked at these images...your thoughts went drawn to the eyes. ...or is it just me? I find myself when looking thorough a lens to always be looking at the eyes...they tell so much about a male or female, animal or inanimate object. Yes inanimate objects have eyes as well...the windows to a house...the headlights of a car...clouds in a sky.

As I look back over my pictures...I see so many of them have eyes as a central focus point. To me the eyes often tell what is hidden behind the facade and often they are so arresting...I don't look long in the lens for I am haunted by the eyes.



Cynthia L. H. said...

Oh, yes. It's the eyes. Fascinating...mesmerizing...all of these are unique, but even the softer ones have an intensity. I had not seen the little girl at the top before if you have posted her. I love that one.
Also, the last one...don't think I've seen him either. This collage has your stamp all over it!

The Muse said...

I always...yes ALWAYS....look at eyes first...on people, animals and yes cars...(my family laughs at me about the headlights) but I have always done that!
I do believe as you have evoked, a sense of the inner soul can be found least we attempt to find that connection.
Great photographs!

Heather said...

Definitely - I think the eyes are what draw us in. They can tell such a story, and often reflect deep emotions that people otherwise wouldn't express.

shabby girl said...

Each and every one is beautiful. The second photo is a little unnerving for me for some reason.
The eyes are where the emotion is. Great post!

DawnTreader said...

"The eyes are the mirror of the soul" - or "windows of the soul"

I tried looking for the origin of the proverb, found no certain answer but references to Latin, French and Yiddish. We have same saying in Swedish.

Dan Felstead said...

Thanks Cynthia and you are very perceptive! Both photos you mentioned are ones that I have not posted before...thanks for noticing!


Dan Felstead said...

Muse I am glad that someone else notices care headlights! I can't look at a car without forming it into a face! I think it is a psychological quirk of mine!


Dan Felstead said...

Thanks for your comment Heather and I like your new avatar!


Dan Felstead said...

Shabbygirl...I am right there with you...the look on that ape's face (the first one) tells me he knew exaclty what I was doing and wasn't too happy with it.


Dan Felstead said...

Dawn is what I found:
EYES ARE THE MIRROR (MIRRORS) OF THE SOUL -- "A person's thoughts can be ascertained by looking in his or her eyes. The proverb has been traced back in English to 'Regiment of Life' (1545). But the proverb was known much earlier. Cicero (106-43 B.C.) is quoted as saying, 'Ut imago est animi voltus sic indices oculi' (The face is a picture of the mind as the eyes are its interpreter). The L*tin proverbs, 'Vultus est index animi' or 'Oculus animi index,' are usually translated as 'The face is the index of the mind.' The French say, 'Les yeux sont le miroir de l'dme (The eyes are the mirror of the soul). 'The eyes are the window of the soul' is a variant form of the proverb..." From "Random House Dictionary of Popular Proverbs and Sayings" by Gregory Y. Titelman (Random House, New York, 1996).

I think that is such a true saying...


septembermom said...

Eyes always capture my attention whether it's in a photo or a painting. Great photos Dan! Terrific post idea.

...... Bobbi said...

Cool collection! I love eyes - they always say much more than words.