Shooting Challenge: The World Has Eyes

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We’ve all seen anthropomorphic objects. But what would it look like if everything around you had actual eyes and was looking at you? For this week’s Shooting Challenge, let’s find out.


The Challenge

Take a photo of a manmade object or element of nature on which you’ve added a pair of eyes.

The Technique

OK, admittedly, this may sound like a post-4/20 idea. But check out the this blog by Lucas Zanotto. He puts wide, saucer eyes (most look to be paper dinner plates with some magic marker) on rocks, trees, and the rest of the world around him. It’s a surprisingly gut-twisting mix of nature and naiveté.

So take plates, or buy some of those stick-on-eyes, and try the idea out for yourself, with household objects or when you’re out and about. See if you can create something funny, strange, or poignant with the technique.

The Example

Our lead image is by Lucas Zanotto from his new film. I think the wide-spaced eyes add an ET-like innocence to his portraits.


The Rules

1. Submissions need to be your own.

2. Photos must be taken this week.

3. Explain, briefly, the equipment, settings, technique and story behind shot.

4. Email submissions to, not me.

5. Include 970px wide image (200KB or less) AND a 2560px wide image in email. I know that your photo may not fall into those exact high rez dimensions, so whatever native resolution you’re using is fine.


6. One submission per person.

7. Use the proper SUBJECT line in your email (more info on that below)

8. You agree to the Standard Contest Rules - though we DO accept non-US resident submissions.


9. If the image contains any material or elements that are not owned by you and/or which are subject to the rights of third parties, and/or if any persons appear in the image, you are responsible for obtaining, prior to submission of the photograph, any and all releases and consents necessary to permit the exhibition and use of the image in the manner set forth in these rules without additional compensation. If any person appearing in any image is under the age of majority in their state/province/territory of residence the signature of a parent or legal guardian is required on each release.

Send your best photo by Monday, April 27th at 10 AM Eastern to with “Eyes” in the subject line. Save your files as JPGs, and use a FirstnameLastnameEyes.jpg (970px wide) and FirstnameLastnameEyesWallpaper.jpg (2560px wide) naming conventions.




I think it was brought up here before that the more accurate term for this is Pareidolia.