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Ukrainians, With Eyes Shut


It is said that a person's eyes are the windows to their soul. So why
photograph people with their eyes shut and what do the images reveal?

For three days I approached over 150 Ukrainians, and using sign
language, asked if I could photograph them...with their eyes shut.

Their reaction was one of great surprise and curiosity.

Most people have a "camera face." It's the look we put on when our
picture is being taken, the face we want others to see. A mask.

So what do we reveal when we shut our eyes and take off the
mask?  If the eyes are a window to the soul then perhaps the
face is a mirror, and it reveals a glimpse of the inner self.


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