2020 Vision

The title is misleading. It’s more a retrospective.

Every image except one was shot in 2019. Good lord, it was a damn fine year. I’m lucky to observe people. Bearing witness is powerful stuff. I’m constantly amazed by it.

Lately, I’ve been building portraits around eyes. I really dial the eyes in first. They’re my secret subject. Always.

I pay close attention to irises and pupils. I finesse catch light. Only then do I compose a shot. Eyes first, then everything else follows: Hair, nose, mouth, and hoodie. Toque, tie, vest, or jewelry.

Whatever it may be. I don’t care. It doesn’t matter. It’s secondary.

“Eyes so transparent that through them the soul is seen.” —Theophile Gautier

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“You can’t depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus.”
—Mark Twain

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“Now I wash the gum from your eyes, / You must habit yourself to the dazzle of the light and of every moment of your life.”
—Walt Whitman

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“You have to be an optimist to open your eyes when you awake in the morning.”
—Carl Sandburg

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“Love is blind; friendship closes its eyes.”
—Friedrich Nietzsche

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“Keep your eyes wide open before marriage, half shut afterwards.”
—Benjamin Franklin

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“The hardest thing to see is what is in front of your eyes.”
—Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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“There is no end to the adventures that we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.”
—Jawaharlai Nehru

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“Keep your eyes open to your mercies.”
—Robert Louis Stevenson

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“A gentleman has eyes on all those present….”
—Lawrence G. Lovasik

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“The eyes are more exact witnesses than the ears.”
—Heraclitus

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“Our eyes of flesh only see night.”
—Victor Hugo

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“A man’s feet should be planted in his country, but his eyes should survey the world.”
—George Santayana

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“The sky is the daily bread of the eyes.”
—Ralph Waldo Emerson

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“The eyes without speaking confess the secrets of the heart.”
—St. Jerome

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“Of my face, I like the eyebrows and eyes.”
—Frida Kahlo

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“For I dipped into the future, far as the human eye could see, / Saw the vision of the world, and all the wonder that would be.”
—Alfred Lord Tennyson

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“The eye is the jewel of the body.”
—Henry David Thoreau

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