Few people get a chance to photograph animals such as hippos, hyenas, or crocodiles. Suren Manvelyan, however, has managed to get so close to them, he even captured insanely detailed close-ups of their eyes.

Some of these macro shots look like landscapes of distant yet-to-be-discovered planets while others remind some sort of a portal to another dimension. But they all prove that the eyes really are the windows to the soul; analyzing the images you can't help but experience profound sensations, as if you're uncovering deeply personal secrets.

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Lama

Lama

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Perfumista Perfumista
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3 months ago

Dang, even their eyeballs have lashes

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"I began thinking about this series after I completed a similar one about the human eye," Manvelyan told Bored Panda. "After the first project, I had really improved in shooting eyes in any conditions, and eventually settled on the idea to photograph animal eyes."

Manvelyan captured animals pretty much everywhere he could find them, from his backyard to zoos, oceanariums, and so on. "Sometimes, people even contact me, asking to shoot the eyes of their pets."

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Husky Dog

Husky Dog

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Raine Soo
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3 months ago

The pupil looks like a dark pool in a frozen tundra.

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"The eyes of every animal is the result of it adapting to its living conditions. That's the reason why there are so many eye types. Water animals have completely different eyes than those living on earth, too. I think this is what makes the animal eye series so interesting to the viewer."

Manvelyan also started a game with his online followers. When he would upload a new photo, he'd ask his Facebook and Instagram fans to guess what species the eye belongs to. "Interestingly, it can become quite a tough challenge."

#3

Alaskian Malamut

Alaskian Malamut

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Lois Arrowood
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3 months ago

Pretty.

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Being so close to animals, however, is a challenge of its own. For example, Manvelyan spent an hour with a llama in her cage, trying to make her familiar with him and to allow him to get within the required distance for the right shot. "I would like to stress that all animals included in the series were alive and no animal was hurt in any way during shoots," the photographer added.

He wouldn't disclose any technical aspects of these shoots as he spent a lot of time and effort perfecting the setup for this particular series, but said the most interesting part of it all was realizing that nearly all people have the same eye structure. "It doesn't matter if you are young or old, white or black."

#4

Long-Eared Owl

Long-Eared Owl

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Marissa Wyatt
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3 months ago

wow, the texture on the eyes looks strange. this is so beautiful and i appreciate the person that took these greatly.

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#5

Horse

Horse

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Delonnie Torres
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3 months ago

wow!

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#6

Nylus Crocodile

Nylus Crocodile

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Juan Hernandez
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3 months ago

that looks amazing

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#7

Tokay Gecko

Tokay Gecko

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Marissa Wyatt
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3 months ago

the eye looks like a black hole!

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#8

Rockfish Eye

Rockfish Eye

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cassiushumanmother
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3 months ago

More RockEye fish

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#9

Blue-Yellow Macaw Parrot

Blue-Yellow Macaw Parrot

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AMANDA SERRANO-MORALES
Community Member
3 months ago

i thought it was bowl or something at first

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#10

Porcupine Fish

Porcupine Fish

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panda
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3 months ago

Blue pearl ❤️

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#11

Camel

Camel

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R L
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3 months ago

Similar to a lama.

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#12

Hippo

Hippo

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Delonnie Torres
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3 months ago

wow that is kinda creepy

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#13

Ray

Ray

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Rissie
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3 months ago

An eye with canopy! Makes sense with the shiney water above.

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#14

Crane

Crane

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Rachael Marrast
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3 months ago

Its the eye of Sauron

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#15

Chinchilla

Chinchilla

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Perfumista Perfumista
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3 months ago

Suaron, Chinchilla overlord

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#16

Chimpanze

Chimpanze

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mph seti
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3 months ago

Looks just like one of ours. Shouldn't be surprising.

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#17

Anolis Lizard

Anolis Lizard

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AMYAH MINOTT-STARLING
Community Member
3 months ago

the middle looks like what happens in a solar eclipse

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#18

Gecko Eublepharis

Gecko Eublepharis

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Shelley Brown
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3 months ago

Absolutely beautiful!

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#19

Cat

Cat

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Danieletc
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3 months ago

Not the shape of any cat eye I've seen.

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#20

Black Rabbit

Black Rabbit

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Juan Hernandez
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3 months ago

looks almost human

funpandy
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3 months ago

Ye

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Denise Mclean
Community Member
3 months ago

It does look almost human, must be the shape of the eye.

Cybele Spanjaard
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2 months ago

Bunnies eyes are nocturnal

Patrick Mwangi
Community Member
3 months ago

I don't like this one

Willem Oostdyck
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3 months ago

hums jefferson airplane

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#21

Fennec Fox

Fennec Fox

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AMANDA SERRANO-MORALES
Community Member
3 months ago

beautiful

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#22

Blue Crayfish

Blue Crayfish

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Darwinist
Community Member
3 months ago

It's a compound eye or many eyes put together. It allows for vision in multiple spectrums but has poor vision quality.

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#23

Discus Fish

Discus Fish

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The beautiful flower (bfdi)
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3 months ago

make me think of a solar eclipse

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#24

Husky Dog

Husky Dog

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Denise Mclean
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3 months ago

Nice Eye, looks like a planet with some kind of burst or radiation all around it .

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#25

Armenian Muflon

Armenian Muflon

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juice
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3 months ago

i didn't know what that was so i looked it up. it's a type of wild sheep 50d8531e88bd0.jpg 50d8531e88bd0.jpg

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#26

Coral Zebra Fish

Coral Zebra Fish

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Thomas Register
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3 months ago

Looks like the dark stripe goes right through the eyeball.

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#27

Garden Boa, Python

Garden Boa, Python

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NoodleBear
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3 months ago

Looks like... a butt

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#28

Tiger Python (Non Albino)

Tiger Python (Non Albino)

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Ninja Kitty
Community Member
3 months ago

HOW DID YOU GET SO CLOSE TO THIS BEAUTIFUL TIGER PYTHON WITHOUT IT HURTING YOU -cough- but that's a really Cool looking eye

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#29

Siam Cat

Siam Cat

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Onion rings like to make your breath smelly
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3 months ago

Pretty!

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#30

David's Deer

David's Deer

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NWB
Community Member
3 months ago

seems to be a common eye for heard animals

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