Project 5: Eye-contact and expression

The aim of this project is to produce images that demonstrate a range of degrees of eye-contact, from looking straight into the camera to no eye-contact at all.  I made many images for this project and have included 16 of them in the sequence below.  Rather than comment after each image, I have summarised my comments in the paragraph below.

In reviewing this work, I think it’s interesting to note the range of expressions conveyed under the same lighting conditions and within just a few minutes.  For example, A, G and K could be ‘read’ as happy and confident, B might be pensive, C and N could be interpreted as ‘resolute’, D, E and H are ‘thoughtful’, O is ‘curious’ and F might be ‘lost in thought’.  Although I concentrated mainly on the eyes, clearly it’s the overall facial expression that leads to the potential interpretations of the the moods and emotions of the subject.  Certainly within these images, I note a natural inclination to ‘assume’ that the subject is engaged by her own thoughts whenever she is looking away from the camera.  Conversely, there seems to be greater engagement with the photographer and the ultimate viewer when then subject looks into the lens. Perhaps I knew this subconsciously but it’s certainly more apparent now that I have completed this project.

One piece of technical learning that came out of this project was that I managed to leave the camera set at an unnecessarily high ISO from a previous session – another note to self!

P5-A: eyes towards

P5-A: 96mm, ISO 640, 1/1250@f4

P5-B: eyes away and slightly down

P5-B: 96mm, ISO 640, 1/1000@f4

P5-C: eyes away towards mid-distance

P5-C: 96mm, ISO 640, 1/1000@f4

P5-D: eyes to right mid-distance

P5-D: 96mm, ISO 640, 1/1000@f4

P5-E: eyes to right looking top into distance

P5-E: 96mm, ISO 640, 1/1000@f4

P5-F: eyes at 60° from camera

P5-F: 96mm, ISO 640, 1/1000@f4

P5-G: eyes left into camera

P5-G: 105mm, ISO 640, 1/1250@f4

P5-H: eyes at 30° from camera looking down

P5-H: 105mm, ISO 640, 1/1250@f4

P5-I:  eyes at 30° from camera looking mid-distance

P5-I: 105mm, ISO 640, 1/1250@f4

P5-J: eyes at side looking into camera

P5-J: 90mm, ISO 640, 1/1000@f4

P5-K: eyes away, smiling

P5-K: 90mm, ISO 640, 1/1250@f4

P5-L: eyes away mid-distance

P5-L: 97mm, ISO 640, 1/1600@f4

P5-M: eyes towards horizon

P5-M: 97mm, ISO 640, 1/1600@f4

P5-N: eyes looking over lens

P5-N: 105mm, ISO 640, 1/1250@f4

P5-O: eyes looking left into sky

P5-O: 105mm, ISO 640, 1/1600@f4

P5-P: eyes away up to sky

P5-P: 105mm, ISO 640, 1/1600@f4


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