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Extreme Close-Ups of the Human Eye

Don’t know about you guys, but we just love looking at things really close up! Some of you probably remember Looking at the World through a Microscope (Part I) and 20 Incredible Eye Macros, however this time let’s take a look at extreme close-ups of the human eye.

An Armenian physics teacher Suren Manvelyan used his friends, colleagues and pupils as models to make these amazing ocular portraits. He never thought he would see anything like that – when viewed really close up our eyes look like some dramatic surfaces of far and unknown planets.

“It is quite natural when you shoot macro shots of insects and plants, but to try to make a picture of the eye? I did not expect these results,” says Suren.

“I was not aware they are of such complicated appearance. Everyday we see hundreds of eyes but do not even suspect they have such beautiful structure, like surfaces of unknown planets.” [1]


P.S.: Whoever told you “your eyes are beautiful” simply never looked at them close enough.

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  • Teresa Cuddy Stockroske

    Some of them look like gorgeous nebulas.

  • YellowFellow

    green eyes really are beautiful

  • John Lim

    so fucking crazy!

    <3 it.

  • Geust

    Really gross. Brown eyes are the ugliest; all those fiberous filaments now made me cringe.

    • Anonymous

      I’m glad, that I’m not the only one, who finds similiar patters gross.

    • Melle Katerberg

      Indeed, it is pretty gross if you think about it, because the small muscles that make your pupils wider and tighter work exactly the same as that one muscle in your butt.

    • Melle Katerberg

      Indeed, it is pretty gross if you think about it, because the small muscles that make your pupils wider and tighter work exactly the same as that one muscle in your butt.

  • Dominique Dixon

    They kinda make me wanna throw up. Ok, not kinda. They make me legit nauseous.

  • Jeremy Berryman

    I disagree with the comment at the bottom. I did a project like this and fell even more in love with eyes. The way they look is simply amazing.

  • P Humbertto Rivas David


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  • Fernando Arellano

    Son imágenes verdaderamente sorprendentes. Nunca habría imaginado el tipo de estructura que componen el iris del ojo.

  • Ross

    Wow these are amazing. Thanks!

  • Yvette Dixon

    This is really fasnating and beautiful at the same time

  • Yvette Dixon

    This is both beautiful and fasinating at the same time

  • Mista Mensa


    I want to do a set just like this!

  • Jurieto Ves Ko Va

    i think one of the creepiest parts is the hole in the middle x_X
    otherwise, really interesting… the texture is cool but definitly something to cringe at lol

    • JadeBankson

       I just want to let you know its called the pupil, the black thing. And true LOL SAME HERE

  • Hgyyyuuu

    us? as in he asked who shal we make in his image

    • Evan Schulte

      HAHAHAHA.  This makes no sense at all. God created our eyes like the nebulas?  If he really did exist and created all of the universe first, and then the do you explain the very real possibility of life on another planet?  Whilst creating these other planets, I imagine he wouldnt just say “okay now lets throw all of these people on 1 planet in the whole universe I just made.  Make sure that planet is also over 75% uninhabitable by those people also.” And if he did….he’s a dick.

  • Matthew Mathis

    Lol, he has brown eyes. ROFL

  • Dron

    Looks like as* hole ^_^

  • Dron

    Looks like as* hole ^_^

  • Joseph Clymer

    I’m pretty sure you just ruined eyes for me sir. Now I’m going to go into the bathroom and pluck mine out. 

  • Jonathan Wong

    Wow.  I want to poke my eyes…  So fascinatingly creepy.  

  • JadeBankson

    Any Green Blue or even Violette Eyes? Just Brown?

  • JadeBankson

    O_O it looks like this one has like scales…

  • Blind

    Evolution my shorts! Beautiful gallery.

  • Me56

    god doesn’t exist.

    • Mnvikings11

      Yes he does!

  • You’re A Moron

    “It’s no coincidence that the human I looks like the nebulas in space”

    Especially since they don’t.  They look like a Sphincter.  Just like our asshole.  And that’s because they are, functionally, they exact same thing.  One just has a touch of color.

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  • Anni Merejo

    I draw an Iris yesterday and today was looking for images of eyes to draw, so I found this website. I relate to what he wrote because that how i felt when i was observing it and drawing it. while i was drawing i thought that we all are stars and planets and part of this great universe. I think we

  • Anni Merejo

    if only we look carefully, without bothering to find any answers. There we can see and find beauty and responses.

  • Lu

    I Agree!!!

  • Sue Jean

    i have trypophobia, and this made me have a weird spasm lol. this is really cool though ^__^

  • Reversoom

    It’s not gross.
    It’s fascinating. Behold the window to the mind.

  • guest

    which type of lens did you use? and how many mm?

  • anna
  • CLWW

    Try disecting one of these things… I would ather look at the iris and its muscles on the outside, than cut another damn eyeball open..

  • Charlotte

    Wow Bloody hell that’s the bollox

  • Jonas Nielsen

    I’d like to see different colors, Blue or shades of green.! More typical of an eyecolor where I’m from! :) Peace&Love

  • Jay Abel

    I think this needs a Philip Glass soundtrack…

  • lordwelhim

    what kind of lens did they use?

  • hahahah7383

    Holyshit scary

  • Johana

    the pics are amazing, I love them :)

  • moshinwithbitches

    This is just amazing! i cant stop staring. :)

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