It’s often said that eyes are the windows to the soul.
I know its cliche and probably thrown around more often than necessary but when I saw these photographs it was the first thing I thought of.
It’s amazing the stories that can be told by such a basic picture. These are only a few of the photos that exist as part of a broader collection taken by Martin Schoeller. These are my favorites, see the rest here.
Quite the mugs.
Perhaps the reason I like these so much is that they seem to strip away the Hollywood. They seem like real people, as odd as that may sound. They look worn. Weathered. Troubled. Aged. Real. As different as each of these people may be their eyes all tell a story. A story as different as themselves. And while their faces may seem to be the focus of these images, I don’t think that’s the case.
As David Bowie once sang, “…the days float through my eyes.” And while time may change us all, ultimately it’s our stories that remain untraced by time.
Every so often we are able to capture those stories beautifully without writing a word. That’s exactly what has happened here.