Eloquence of the Eye

The soul has an interpreter – often an unconscious
but still a faithful interpreter – in the eye.
– Charlotte Bronte

Sanaa, Yemen

Her eyes are homes of silent prayers.
– Lord Alfred Tennyson

Omo Valley, Ethiopia

The eye through which I see God is the same eye through which God sees me; my eye and God’s eye are one eye,
one seeing, one knowing, one love.
– Meister Eckhart,  1259 – 1327


These eyes tell the stories of
children around the world.
They speak of war, deprivation, and loss.

Rajasthan, India
Umbria, Italy

From women’s eyes this doctrine I derive: They sparkle still the right Promethean fire; They are the books, the arts, the academes, That show, contain and nourish all the world.
 William Shakespeare, Love’s Labour’s Lost

Rajasthan, India

There is a road from the eye to heart
that does not go through the intellect.
G. K. Chesterton

Lhasa, Tibet
Nuristan, Afghanistan

When the heart is full, the eyes overflow.
– Sholom Aleichem

Bombay, India

Bagan, Burma
Baluchistan, Pakistan

The eye sees only what the mind is prepared to comprehend.
-Henri Bergson

Tahoua, Niger

The eyes are the most powerful social signalers that we have and hence are sometimes called the windows of the soul.
– Glen Wilson

Srinagar, Kashmir

Eyes are more accurate witnesses than ears.
– Heraclitus of Ephesus, 535 – c. 475 BCE

Lourdes, France

Could a greater miracle take place than for us to look through each other’s eyes for an instant?
– Henry David Thoreau

La Esperanza, Colombia

Eyes have their own universal language, and
no interpreter is needed.

Baluchistan, Pakistan


The countenance is the portrait of the soul,
and the eyes mark its intentions.
– Marcus Tullius Cicero, 106 – 43 BCE

Gao, Mali

The face is the mirror of the mind,
and eyes without speaking confess the secrets of the heart.
– St. Jerome

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20 replies on “Eloquence of the Eye”

They say “The eyes are a window to the soul”. You have given us a view of some beautiful souls. God bless.❤️🙏❤️

Stunning! It’s difficult to look away. Often It feels like the subjects are observing me rather than me viewing them.

” The soul, fortunately, has an interpreter – often an unconscious but still a faithful interpreter – in the eye ”
Every photograph coming through the lense of yours bear a diffrernt story to tell.
Great sir!

Your photos always take my breath away. They reduce me to tears they are so beautiful. The faces, the eyes ….my goodness. Thank you

So wonderful, so gripping, you have captured the souls of these people flawlessly, so much is revealed in these eyes. Absolutely priceless, Steve. We are all richer by having your images in the world.

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