These ten mind blowing close up shots taken of different animal eyes prove that beauty really is in the eye of the beholder.
Have you heard of photographer Suren Manvelyan? He likes to produce a very particular kind of pictures and to photograph eyes – yes, eyes. More specifically animal eyes.
At first, the photos Suren photographed were only human-eyes but he soon discovered the variety and beauty animals’ also contain. He then made a deal with numerous zoos and started snapping away at animal eyes.
Manvelyan says he does not reveal his techniques, but says the hard part is having to work with eye reflections. These close up shots are produced with macro lenses, capable of capturing the smallest details of an image closely.
In a statement posted on the Wired site, the photographer says that many people have no idea that their eyes have so many micro structures and he did not even know it himself before he started taking pictures.
Among the animals with which he would like to work with next are octopuses because of their complex eye structure. He states that his work has a great field to accomplish and that it would be great to have access to several zoos to be able to take more close ups shots of even more animal eyes.
Check out some incredible close up shots made by him and then, in the comments bellow, tell us what your favorite pictures are.
1. Owl Eye
An owl’s large eyes are not really eye balls but are elongated tubes. They are held in place by bony structures in the skull and because of this an owl cannot move its eyes like most other animals. But they make up for it by being able turn their head 270 degrees left or right.
2. Camel Eye
The camel`s eyes have three sets of eyelids and two rows of eyelashes that prevent sand from entering their eyes.
3. Hippo Eye
Hippos eyes are positioned at the top of their head allowing them to look around while being mostly submerged below the water.
4. Lizard Eye
Unlike many species lizards have movable eyelids.
5. Fox Eye
Foxes have vertical pupils in their eyes just like cats.
6. Lhama Eye
just like the camel llamas have three eyelids.
7. Crocodile Eye
The saying crocodile tears comes from the myth that the crocodiles weep when eating humans. But the truth is they weep with every meal because their eyes bubble and froth when eating.
8. Horse Eye
Horses have eyes on either side of their head giving them an almost 360 degree view of their surroundings.
9. Indian Python Eye
Snakes don`t have eyelids instead their eyes are protected by a clear membrane covering their cornea, which functions like a self-repairing contact lens.