The Alien Landscapes of Human Eyes in Macro

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Image: Suren Manvelyan

It’s the mix of tiny details in these photographs that makes them so mesmerizing. The flat, black depths of the pupils; the wrinkles and lines of the irises that seem to resemble rocky terrain; the way the light reflects off the cornea. Every shot draws you in and keeps your attention lingering on the patterns and textures – which look as if they belong to the surface of some otherworldly landscape.


Image: Suren Manvelyan

Hypnotists are famously fond of telling people to “look into my eyes” while trying to cast a sort of mental spell, but these macro shots by photographer Suren Manvelyan are spellbinding all on their own. Manvelyan himself says, “Every time I look they continue to fascinate me.”

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Image: Suren Manvelyan

The irises in these photographs appear to radiate out from the pupils, almost like petals around the center of a flower. In order to achieve such extreme close-ups, Manvelyan reckons the biggest challenge is getting the focus spot on. “It must be very precise,” he says. However he accomplishes it, he obviously does it exactly right!

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