Over the years I’ve blogged on the subject of eyes in photography, most recently on the themes of eyeliner and as well as the phenomenon known as eye-bombing. In this piece I’m featuring a series of photographs taken in the last 18 months where the eye has been the source of inspiration. Most of the images were shot in London; I’ve also included a couple of shots from New York and Girona.
Below, a series of abstracts spotted whilst walking the streets both locally and beyond:
Next, a selection of photos featuring a mix of celebrities. Gene Wilder’s doubled eyes always catch my attention when I walk past this creased poster on London’s Great Marlborough Street:
Dylan is watching:
Julian Assange’s eye peeps out from behind the man’s cardi, South Hampstead:
Eyes and Reflections:
The following photographs feature the eye motif in personal adornment, accessories, clothing and backdrops.
I was struck by the large eyes tattooed on the neck of the passenger waiting for a train at Tottenham Court Road Tube:
Below, a 19th Century painted Eye Miniature with jewelled tears and surrounded by pearls, Victoria & Albert Museum. The eye was considered to be the window to the soul.
Sequin Evil Eye:
The following photographs feature members of London’s Colour Walk community:
One of my favourite photographers is the Japanese artist Daido Moriyama whose show is currently on at London’s Photographer’s Gallery. The eye motif is a feature of the exhibition:
At the exhibition I couldn’t help admiring a visitor’s coat which featured a Cindy Sherman self-portrait. I also particularly liked the fragmented repetition created when the coat was done up. I was told that the coat was part of a collaboration between the artist and the Japanese brand Undercover.
Also published on Medium.