Suren Manvelyan‘s macro photography of the eye is a virtual periscope into each of these creature’s souls. He had previously done an extreme close-up series of both human and animal eyes, and the success of that project has helped him gain access to more exotic creatures in this new installment of the series.
These are all eyes of living creatures, unlike in this series of portraits of taxidermied animals. All of the animals that modeled for Manvelyan’s photos were alive and well, and there was no maltreatment in the process of the photo shoot. Since this is already a reprise to the first series, Manvelyan had to dig deeper into the animal kingdom, foregoing common species, opting to photograph the more exotic. This led to some pretty imposing macro shots of some tremendously weird-looking eyes.
Included in the series are the eyes of a hippo, camel, peacock, cobra, gopher and many more. It’s interesting to note the wide range of colors, shapes and textures of each eye. Some of them are more obvious, while the others are more difficult to guess from such an extreme close-up.
Since his first series of photos was such a hit, Manvelyan is now allowed to go into some of the animal cages in the Yerevan zoo to take more photographs.
Born in 1976, Manvelyan began to photograph when he was sixteen, and turned professional in 2006. His photographic interests are varied, shooting macros, creative photo projects, portraits, landscape, and many more. His work has been featured in numerous publications in Armenia as well as in other countries. His newest and most acclaimed series of human eye close-ups entitled Your Beautiful Eyes, together with the equally popular Animal Eyes, have had millions of views on the Web.
Check out the entire series over on his website. Manvelyan also teaches physics, mathematics, projective geometry and astronomy at the Yerevan Waldorf School. He also served as a scientific researcher at the Institute for Physical Research of National Academy of Sciences from 1997 to 2011. This multi-talented lens man acquired his PhD in Theoretical Physics from the Yerevan State University in 2001.