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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4 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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4 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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4 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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4 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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4 months ago

wow!

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#6

Nylus Crocodile

Nylus Crocodile

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Juan Hernandez
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4 months ago

that looks amazing

Darwinist
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4 months ago

Looks waterproof and like a night vision goggle. Deep water is pretty dark.

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Steve Barnett
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4 months ago

"You do realise how close you are to me?" Says the Crocodile.

juice
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4 months ago

whoa it looks like algae

Onion rings like to make your breath smelly
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4 months ago

looks like grass and moss!

JustCallMeKat
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4 months ago

Its like the eye of Sauron

Kat MacIntyre
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4 months ago

Yes!!! Exactly what I thought !

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Debbie Archimedes
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4 months ago

How did you get that close without being eaten?

Catherine Brady
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4 months ago

Looks like an algae-filled pond with a kayak slicing through.

Monika Soffronow
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4 months ago

No, sir, that is not what I want to be the last thing I will ever see.

Rcatheron
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4 months ago

I read somewhere that some predator animals had vertical pupils, where some prey animals had horizontal. I guess it's true in this guy's case.

Tracy Flavelle
Community Member
4 months ago

Stunning colour and looks like a pic of the surface of a swamp covered with water plants. Stunning!

Madison Lam
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4 months ago

woah, it looks like green carpet :D

Pandasrule
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4 months ago

how did he even take the photo so hood and by not getting killed

Pandasrule
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4 months ago

how did he even take the photo so good and not getting killed

Jacob Weller
Community Member
4 months ago

Swamp algae bloom

Evan Mayes
Community Member
4 months ago

Looks like bill from gravity falls eye

Cybele Spanjaard
Community Member
4 months ago

Green and waterproofed!

Jan Wooden
Community Member
4 months ago

Kudos to the photographer for getting close enough for a picture of a crocodile! Must have been tricky!

Heather Reynolds Atwood
Community Member
4 months ago

Drone photo of a forest with a long cave in the middle!

Yolkie
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4 months ago

A dark crack in a moss forest

Patrick Mwangi
Community Member
4 months ago

The eye of...

Denise Mclean
Community Member
4 months ago

Looks like a rip in a pair of jeans

Magda Kočičková
Community Member
4 months ago

Like an arrow in a swamp

Ry Keener
Community Member
4 months ago

I wonder how far it can dilate when it's in deep dark water.

Orionpax75
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4 months ago

Eye of Sauron

Faizal Jam
Community Member
4 months ago

sauron eye

Busaina Mahira
Community Member
4 months ago

this is creepy yall

Pauline Bennett
Community Member
4 months ago

I never realized the hypnotic look it has.

Delonnie Torres
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4 months ago

looks like an earth quake

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#7

Tokay Gecko

Tokay Gecko

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Marissa Wyatt
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4 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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4 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
4 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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4 months ago

Blue pearl ❤️

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#11

Camel

Camel

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R L
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4 months ago

Similar to a lama.

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#12

Hippo

Hippo

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Delonnie Torres
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4 months ago

wow that is kinda creepy

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#13

Ray

Ray

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Rissie
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4 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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4 months ago

Its the eye of Sauron

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#15

Chinchilla

Chinchilla

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Perfumista Perfumista
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4 months ago

Suaron, Chinchilla overlord

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#16

Chimpanze

Chimpanze

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mph seti
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4 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
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4 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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4 months ago

Absolutely beautiful!

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#19

Cat

Cat

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Danieletc
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4 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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4 months ago

looks almost human

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#21

Fennec Fox

Fennec Fox

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AMANDA SERRANO-MORALES
Community Member
4 months ago

beautiful

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#22

Blue Crayfish

Blue Crayfish

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Darwinist
Community Member
4 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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4 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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4 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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4 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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4 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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4 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
4 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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4 months ago

Pretty!

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#30

David's Deer

David's Deer

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NWB
Community Member
4 months ago

seems to be a common eye for heard animals

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