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Day and night lights of the world

by Editor Miro Susta 
Edited and published by Yvette Depaepe, the 27th of June 2022

The lights of the world: a great passion and a sign of true love for photography.


'Gangway Borealis' by Javier de la Torre


It is our wish to bring you closer to the light photography with all its possibilities and facets.
This photo article wants to bring the beauty of light closer to the readers, but also to inspire with colours, moments, motifs and the beauty of light.


'Amsterdam' by Juan Pablo de Miguel


Most of the time we can find inspiration directly in the world of photography - and by browsing photos published by famous and less famous photographers.


'Tuscany Sunrise' by Jarek Pawlak


Fortunately we have a wide gallery with beautiful photographs at our disposal, it is the 1x photo gallery from which all the photos in this article were taken. Many thanks to all contributors.


'Tre Cime di Lavaredo' by Larry Deng


Enjoy the photos created by the sun, moon, night sky, natural phenomena or simply by artificial city and other light effects.

I hope you all will find these pictures both interesting and motivating. Whether you are in a creative slump or want to try new things; this article can help you break out of your usual ruts.


'Waiting for the miracle' by Matjaz Cater



'Riverdance' by Arild Heitmann



'Sunset at Andenes' by Roy Samuelsen



'Reflections' by Miro Susta



'Night light' by Veselin Atanasov



'Azure city' by Rana Jabeen



'Eye of Stokksnes' by Wojciech Kruczynski



'City Light' by Hanaa Turkistani



'Under the Milky Way' by John Fan



'Three wise men' by Hua Zhu



'NYC' by Leif Løndal



'Be careful' by Mathilde Guillemot



'lost in thought' by Dirk Juergensen



'High tension' by Miro Susta



'The secure ground of home...' by Yvette Depaepe



'Power line' by Tiger Seo



'Lightcatchers' by Marc Adamus



'Cabo Mayor' by Pablo Ruiz Garcia



'Place of silence' by Ingo Dumreicher



'Trainsets' by Leif Løndal



'... the atmosphere of the morning…' by Johanes Januar



'Fairy tale' by Miro Susta



'Lighting of the lens' by Miles Morgan



'celebration' by Ibrahim Canakci


Switch to a new genre, wait for possible changes or try recreating images you like.


'The light in the forest' by Allan Wallberg


Do you have any other handy suggestions you could share with us? Post them in the comments, We are curious!

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Very interest article and great collection, big thanks to Miro Susta and Yvette Depoepe.++
Many thanks Larry for your appreciation.
Very honored to be in this wonderful selection. A big thank-you
You are most welcome dear Mathilde.
I want to thank you that a photo entitled ".....the atmosphere of the morning " has been given the opportunity to be present in the very interesting article forum at the Full Light Gallery. Regards
Many thanks for nice words Johanes.
Thank you so much for this article and the gorgeous photographs presented. All these images are very interesting and motivating. A photo gallery full of light and color that lead us to dream of the distant lands where we live.
Thank you very much for nice words of appreciation Francesca. We are glad to see that you like it.
Such a stunning collection, I paused at every image and soaked in the beautiful ambience, these images have so much vibrancy and calmness at the same time . Congratulations to the photographers and kudos to editors for compiling the images
Great thanks dear Anita. We are very pleased to see that you like the photo selection and the article.
very nice collection, thank you for sharing!
Many thanks Gabrielle.
Very nice, Thank you!
Thank you Allan.
Many thanks Shaibal.
Marcel Egger's phantasmagoric realism

Interview led by Yvette Depaepe
Published the 24th of June 2022


Marcel Egger is a photographer and photo artist from Austria. He likes to take pictures of every category but he especially loves to compose new stories and works of art with his images. He can turn a simple snapshot into a great art photo. So why only be a photographer when you can also be a photo artist? A photographer is an observer and captures the moment he experiences or the scene he creates. A photo artist uses them to create his own new stories.
Let's follow Marcel Egger on a little journey through his world of phantasmagoric realism.




Dear Marcel, first I would like to thank you for taking the time to answer this questionnaire! To begin, please introduce yourself shortly and tell us more about you, your hobbies or other projects you are involved in!

A great hello to all the talented 1x photographers around the world and to the hard-working Editorial Team. Thank you for inviting me to this 1x interviewing. I am of course very happy and honoured.
Let me introduce myself, my name’s Marcel Egger. I come from Austria from the heart of Europe. If I had to introduce myself in one sentence it would be like this: „As a photographer I am always looking for the perfect photo. The hunter in me wants to capture it for eternity, the graphic designer wants to work out the perfection of the moment, and the artist wants to turn it into a work of art.”




I started with analogue photography as a boy and later on developed films with colleagues in the darkroom. However, over time this technique became too complex for me. Many years later we created the annual new hairstyle collections in our hair salon. Up until 5 years ago I hired an external photographer for this. In order to save these costs, I decided to buy a professional camera and learn to take pictures myself. My choice fell on the Sony A7R. I joined the photo club in my home-town and the first thing I learned there was how to switch off the automatic mode and how to use the flash system in a photo studio. From then on, I photographed our models myself and learned something new with every new project.




A few years ago, the magic of composites was exciting me and still captivates me till today. I wanted to do more than just taking pictures. My goal was to amaze, to make think, smile and surprise the viewer. In my world everything is possible. The only limits are those of my imagination.

So, I started to learn the techniques of image processing. Over the years my skills have gotten better and better. Many photographers have the opinion that composites don't have anything to do with photography. But nowadays every photographer uses programs to develop and push up their RAW files in the drafting process. The photo manipulation begins with the punching of unwanted lines to the removal of disturbing parts of the image. But I agree. Composites have nearly nothing to do with photography, it is an artistic processing of photos and is therefore called art photography. I therefore feel like an artist and not a craftsman.






Another passion of mine is travelling.  Wherever I was, I always took my camera with me. Whether America, Africa, Asia or just here in the mountains, one can find great motifs to capture. It is always a great adventure to drive through the savannah's in a jeep, to experience the animals in their natural environment and to meet interesting people and their unusual ways of life. But even in big cities, one can discover great opportunities to photograph.





For many of us photography is either a hobby or a way of life. How would you define your relationship with photography?

I love to be creative, be it with comb and scissors as a hairdresser, brush and paint as a picture painter or camera and computer as a photographer. In the beginning, of course, there is always the need to learn the craftsmanship from scratch. Creativity then begins to unfold from this basis. There‘s that magical moment in painting when you stand in front of the pristine white canvas and you can glimpse a vision of the finished painting in your mind. It‘s the same with photography. The basis is a photo that was taken spontaneously or was specifically planned. But just pressing the shutter button at the perfect moment, with the perfect setting is not enough of a challenge for me. I love composing new stories with my photos and making the seemingly impossible possible. So, the starting point can be a simple snapshot of a fishing boat, which inspires me to turn this into a rough sea with a lot of drama, light and shadow to create a spectacle picture.






What would be the most important experience so far that has influenced your steps in photography?

Since I came from painting, in which only individual unique pieces are created, I was fascinated by the variety of possibilities in photography and in its processing. As an example, I was commissioned by a social enterprise to portray their work with elderly people in a nursing home. I chose the form of photography and took pictures of working hands. By choosing the perspective over their shoulders, I tried to capture the perspective and emotional world of the employees and the seniors they looked after. I then presented the result with a selection of 100 photos I had taken within 2 hours. They liked the result so much that they organized a travelling photo exhibition entitled “100 Hands”, which was on the road for half a year.




You have your own style, but your work is very diversified.  I see landscape photography, wildlife photography, composites and creatively edited images. Can you explain why this is?

Actually, I like to photograph in every category. Whether it‘s long exposures on vacation at the beach, commissioned work with customers in the photo studio, or insect micro-photography, I find my challenges everywhere. As a perfectionist, I try to achieve the best possible technical result in every task I am given. The artist in me then wants to create a unique work of art from it.






What is more important to you, the mood,/story behind your images or the technical perfection?

Of course, the first step is always the technically perfect execution of the photos. It happens rarely, to manage to stage my story  with just one shot. Only after processing the images and/or later on, with composites, I achieve the goal  I had in mind. It happens often that while working on the computer, a spontaneous idea comes to me, and the story suddenly takes a completely different direction. I like to create mood in my pictures by playing with shadows to increase the drama. So, both are equally important, the perfection of the original images and the story in the finished image.






What generally is your relationship to your subject matter beyond being an observer?

Just being an observer of a scene is not enough for me. I want to invent a story, implement it dramatically, captivate the viewer, amaze and enchant him. This is not always easy, sometimes I succeed very well, sometimes I get lost in an idea.







Do you prepare carefully the locations where you are intending to photograph?

Yes, especially in the studio it is mandatory that everything is meticulously prepared to work with the customer. Their time is money. With holiday photos, however, the perfect moment often must be recognized and captured at lightning speed. Before I go on vacation, I google the best photo spots, the position of the sun and the time of sunrise and sunset as good as I can. When I arrive at the perfect place, at the perfect time, with the perfect equipment to take the perfect picture, I'm often disappointed if I didn‘t calculate the low tide or when the windows of the viewing platform are smeared with sand and water drops. 




Describe your overall photographic vision.

Nowadays, everyone has a smartphone in the pocket. This creates the huge production of snapshots that can be spiced up with filter applications. It takes more than just owning an expensive camera and pulling the trigger to make your work stand out of this overproduction of images. Creative ideas, perfectly staged and professionally photographed, is the cornerstone for creating photographic works of art. So if you can‘t take photos, you won‘t be able to do anything in Photoshop either. A stable foundation in the knowledge of the techniques in photography and the skills in the development options will always be the perfect tools. My vision: Be different from the others and create your own art artworks with WOW effects!







Can you please tell us something more about your workflow from the idea to the final product?

One of my favourite branches of photography is photo manipulation or composing. I use picture elements from my travel and studio shootings and assemble them into new images. I only use my own photos or parts of them, which I took myself with my camera or with my iPhone. So e.g., from a photographed wall tile in a hotel, I use it for a textured floor. I work with great attention for details and use the experience I have gained in image processing.



A planned picture
: The first and most important thing is the creative idea and the profound statement of the picture. Once this has been found, the focus is on the perfect photographic implementation of the individual picture elements. When taking photos, pay attention to shadows, focal length and depth of field. The next step is to cut out the required parts on the computer. Soft edges should be selected here so that the elements naturally fit together. These levels are now rearranged, colour, saturation and contrasts are harmonized and fused together. A depth of field gradient is built in and natural shadows and highlights are brushed in. At the end, a colour look combines the elements into one unit and the final sharpening of the photo completes the composing.




Spontaneous idea with existing photos: I often come up with an idea or story that I would like to implement. Then I must collect the individual parts from my photo collection. Here, too, I have to be sure that all the pieces fit together harmoniously, like in a puzzle. The shadows, perspective, colour temperature, sharpness and interaction of the elements must fit perfectly well. It‘s not always easy, but it‘s a great challenge for me.


Can you explain the individual processing steps for a specific picture?

I would like to explain the different steps and workflow for the “ThaiFisherman” picture.
For this composite I used 2 photos.


Comparison photo 'Before' and 'After' to explain my workflow


The first photo was taken during an evening walk on the beach in Koh Samui, Thailand. It was an impromptu snapshot taken just before the sunset the light is coming from the right side.

The second one was taken as background through the window from a Mediterranean cruise while having dinner. Sun and light were similar in both pictures.


1. RAW development in Photoshop. Opening shadows and lights. Setting a uniform colour look.

2. Selecting the fishing boat with the lasso tool, feather 2 pixels and releasing it from the background with a mask.

3. Placing the boat in the waves, drawing and masking out the waterline.

4. Darkening the shadows on the boat and in the water with a new layer, brushing in the highlights.

5. Duplicating and blurring this background.

6. Drawing in water splashes with a brush tip.

7. Merging into one level, enhancing contrasts.

8. Designing selective sharpening and colour look.

9. Processing time about 2 hours.

I was happy with the result so far, but with my current acquired skills, I can still see many mistakes.




Where do you look to find inspiration and what inspires you the most?

The play with light and shadows as in the old masters' paintings has always fascinated me. These gigantic images and techniques are my reverential goal. But on the internet and e.g. you can find lots of great ideas.







Many are of the opinion that the gear is not very important when the passion for photography is strong. However, can you please share with us what gear you use (camera, lenses, lighting, tripod, etc.)?

My cameras: Sony A1 and A7R M3,

Sony lenses: FE 100-400mm F4.5-5.6 GM, FE 24-70mm F2.8 GM, FE 55mm F1.8, FE 85mm F1.8, Tameron 15-30mm F2.8

Other: Nisi Filter Set S6, Sirui tripods,

Lighting studio: 4 x Profoto B10, 1x Profoto A10, various light shapers and screens



What would be your favourite photo? Please tell us the story behind it.



'Desertstorm' is a shot from a free elephant, taken in the Etosha Natrional Park In Namibia. It was a group of 3 elephants. One of them was running straight towards our jeep at high speed, kicking up the sand. Shortly before reaching our car, he trotted and turned away. That moment was both frightening and highly fascinating at the same time. In post-production, I increased the effect of the sand to add drama. „Desertstorm“ has travelled to many exhibitions, has been published in several magazines and has been awarded with eight gold medals in competitions. The elephant is the symbol of strength, freedom and power. It is considered a lucky charm for wealth and health, which is why a huge enlargement is hanging in our home.







Who are your favourite photographers or mentors whose works have influenced you and your photography?

In addition of helping in our photo club, I was intensely dealing with photography and image processing via YouTube. I enthusiastically devoured every Lightroom tutorial. The ingenious composites by Pavel Kaplun and Matthias Schwaighofer encouraged me to get to know better Photoshop. PiXimperfect also taught me what I was able to achieve. However, I still have a lot to learn and want to keep improving my skills.







Now, since we have almost reached the end of this interview, I would kindly ask you to share with us your plans or photographic projects you would like to be involved in.

I‘m looking forward to experiencing many adventures in the wild, meeting extraordinary people and being able to experience lots of unforgettable moments with breathtaking animals. I also have a big list of great cities that I want to explore.






Is there anything else you wish to add and what do you think about 1X as a home base for your work?

I find 1x a great tool to learn, to classify your own works, to collect new ideas and to make new contacts.
Thank you for this great interview opportunity and for accompanying me till the last sentence. Perhaps, I can encourage some of the readers to dive into the magic world of composing.

Greetings to the whole 1x family with a last personal quote:
'God gave me the gift of creativity and punished me with the urge to perfection' ;-)







Excellent collections. Congrats Marcel +++
awesome perfect job
Estupenda entrevista Ivette y magnificas creaciones Marcel. Un placer poder contemplarlas, admirarlas y aprender de ellas. Gracias por compartir. Un cordial saludo, Jois
many warm thanks to you, Jois !!!
I am always pleased to get an insight into the thoughts of other photographers. The portrait is particularly successful because it also shows the work of the photo artist in an informative way. Thank you very much!
Thank you Stephan!! 👋
Awesome artpieces and a great interview. Thank you for sharing your amazing and creative art.
Thank you Tessa!!👋
Speechless, no words for beautiful work, absolutely awesome and inspiring, congratulations Marcel….
Thank you Anita!! 👋
Dear Marcel! I just finished to read your interview and to watch your amazing photos, and I am still in awe and feel the goosebumps from all these wonderful artpieces of yours! I myself started to dive into photo composites lately ( still learning...) and I can identify myself completely with everything you say about it! You are a real artist and I thank Yvette for letting me discover your art! Thank you so much for sharing and please receive my great admiration!
Thank you Gabrielle!! 👋
Such a treat to me to present great artists as Marcel in the magazine, Gaby ... Thank you so much for your fine reaction.
Amazingly awesome collection of spectacular pieces of art. Thanks for sharing...
Thank you!! 👋
A stand out photographer, and a stand out interview. Wow.
Thank you!!
Thanks for the great report from you, Marcel! Your compositions are cloying down to the smallest detail, I really admire your work. You have a lot of imagination, congratulations to the artist. Thanks to Yvette for your inspiring introductions to members
Thank you, dear Francesca !!! It is a treat to me to present 1x members to the readers.
Thank you Francesca!!
I really enjoyed reading more about you and your pictures, which I love by the way. Thank you for sharing - and thank you Yvette for another wonderful article.
Love the magazine, Susanne !!! It's a bit like my 'baby' ;-) Thanks for your compliment!
Thank you Susanne!!
A really great report from you, dear Marcel! Your composings are perfect down to the smallest detail and I am grateful to know you personally and admire your work for a long time. Thanks to Yvette for your inspiring reports and introductions to the members of
Thank you so much for your appreciation, dear Ruth!
Vielen Dank Ruth!!
Results Contest : TIME

by Yvette Depaepe 
Published the 22
nd of June 2022

 is a fun concept for photographers to play with because
it’s possible to express the passage (or stoppage) of time in a variety of ways. Photography itself is the ability to capture a moment in time, but just because it’s a single moment doesn’t mean that time can’t be advancing. The submissions to this contest were both original and various...

The winners with the most votes in this contest are:

1st place: Yu Zijun  
2nd place: Marcel Egger    
rd place : Jorge Pimenta 

Congratulations to the winners and honourable mentions and thanks to all the participants in the contest 'TIME'.


'Minimalist Art' is the currently running theme.
Like other forms of minimalist art, minimalist photography is about stripping a subject down to its essence. Create photos that cut through the clutter with clean lines, empty spaces and only the essential elements.
This contest will end at midnight on Sunday the  3rd of July 2022.

The sooner you upload your submission the more chance you have to gather the most votes.
If you haven't uploaded your photo yet, click here

Good luck to all the participants.


1st place: by Yu Zijun



2nd place : by Marcel Egger



3rd place: by Jorge Pimenta





by Emine Basa 



by Mohammad Dadsetan  



by Dieter Reichelt  


by MJoão Ferreira



by Derya Doni



by Stephan Rückert 


by Jorge Ruiz Dueso 

You can see the 'TOP 50' here.  

Congratulazione a tutti i vincitori, bellissime fotografie
My congratulations to all the winners and honorable mentions. I was really surprised and impressed by the many different photos around this theme.
Congratulations to the authors of these original and excellent photos!
thank you so much. congratulations to all my friends.
Congratulations to the winners and honourable mentions!!! Cheers, Yvette
Nico Pakvis : portraits with a sense of intimacy

by Yvette Depaepe
Published the 20st of June 2022


Nico Pakvis 's portraiture work is amazing and excellent.  He quotes: “As a photographer you have to be able to 'read' someone quickly, nearly at first sight. To make outstanding portraits you have to pick up details characteristics of that person. You have to watch how someone looks, moves and talks. You have to be able to get along with someone you've only just met.” Outsiders and friends all agree that Nico is pretty good at this. Learn more about Nico and the man behind his Art. 




First of all, I would like to thank you for inviting me to this interview, I feel very honoured.

I am 64 years old, married, and a father of 4 children and 4 grandchildren. Besides my job as a teacher I’ve been working as a professional bass and double bass player in several bands throughout the years. My home-town is Leeuwarden, located in the northern parts of The Netherlands.


My photographic journey started in 2005 when I bought a Nikon D50. I started to take pictures at parties and other celebrations and as a result, I was invited to be the photographer at a few weddings. Later, a communications company hired me to do their photography. With the money I earned from this I bought new equipment and within 5 years photography became a very important part of my life. On my trips to Sri Lanka I discovered that having a camera was the way to make contact with the local people. Making portraits became my main activity.







In 2014 I lost my job as a teacher due to a severe depression which lasted until 2017. I lost my interest in making music and quit playing the bass. Finding the right medicine took a long time. The only activity that kept me ‘happy’ during this time was making portraits. Then in 2018 I hired a small space to start as a studio photographer. This was probably the most important step in my development as a photographer.


Making portraits in my own studio became something I had never expected to like so much. Online I read about the fundamentals of lenses, diaphragm, shutter speed, lighting and soft boxes and watched many of Gavin Hoey’s YouTube tutorials. I visited a few workshops about lighting techniques and I started buying books from photographers whose work I liked. This is how I gradually developed my photographic skills and style throughout the years.





I’m not sure if I have a clear photographic vision, I just want to make beautiful images. For me a beautiful image is one you want to look at for a long time. Because of the face expression, because of the lighting, because of the pose. I always tell my models that recognizing a good picture is something that is not easily put in words, but something you can see immediately.


A friend of mine once wrote about my pictures: ‘The great quality of a portrait photographer is that he can make his model forget that they are being photographed, and that he can wait for the transformation of the viewed object into the real me. Photography is psychology.’


I invite my models via social media, most of them have no prior experience. Working with them is great because they don’t know the tricks of posing. I collect example pictures from the internet and the models choose how they want to be photographed. I use their choice as a starting point and while making pictures I try to adjust the example pose to a pose which I think suits them just a bit better. To achieve this, I give my models exact instructions of where to look, where to put their hands, how much to raise their chin, and so forth.







It is difficult to talk about my success features, but in reviews I hear that models like to work with me because I am relaxed, patient and polite. They feel at ease and comfortable. I listen to their stories and they sometimes talk about their skin or hair insecurities. Several times during a shoot I show the photos on a bigger monitor. I show them how I can smoothen their skin or how I can remove their eyebags. Just to make them feel comfortable with themselves.


I always start with small talk over coffee and tea to get to know each other a little bit. The models bring their own clothes so we spend some time to decide what to use. I always start with head-shots to get used to each other. After about twenty pictures we review them on a monitor and delete the ones we don’t like. After a few rounds of this we have a collection of pictures we both like. These I send to the model and they can in their own time choose which ones they definitely want to receive after retouching.


My retouching skills I learned from the internet. There are a lot of tutorials going around and it took a while to find the ones I had a certain connection with. I bought some lessons from Joel Grimes whose work I still enjoy. I have retouched a few thousands photos by now, but still I have the feeling I can improve. This is probably saying more about me than my skills.






Nowadays, I still use Nikon. Two years ago I bought a Z6 and two prime lenses; the 85/1.8 S and the 50/1.8 S. My lighting is from Elinchrom and the sizes of my round soft boxes are 100 and 175 cm. Sometimes I also use two strip boxes which are 100 by 35 cm. My tripod is a Gitzo and normally I use a grey paper background. For retouching I use Adobe Camera Raw and Adobe Photoshop. My computer is a brand-new Mac Studio and my monitor is from BenQ.

Good gear makes me feel comfortable and when I feel comfortable I use the gear for a very long time.


My best photo is probably the one that I am going to take the next shoot. Though I am very happy with what I am doing now: meeting new people, working with models, retouching at home, I always feel that it is possible to improve my work. My two wishes for the future are getting a bigger studio and working with a medium format camera. But hey, who doesn’t!


Photographers whose work I like are Yousuf Karsh and Gregory Heisler. I bought their books and the stories how the pictures were taken inspires me a lot. I also like the work of Nadav Kander. Watching his work inspires me to constantly improve and do things differently than I did before.







I started uploading photos on 1x in November 2020. I was surprised my photos got published and even awarded. It helped me to overcome my incertitude and doubts: if strangers like my photos there must be something good about them. I like 1x because of its simplicity; no annoying banners, no screaming advertisements and no pop-ups every 10 seconds. Besides Facebook, Instagram and my website, I use 1x to show my work.


A good portrait gives a sense of intimacy


Nico Pakvis




















Very beautiful and creative work, thanks to Nico, and of course thanks a lot Ivette!
Thank you very much!
complimenti, meravigliosa galleria, molto originale, ancora congratulazioni.
Thank you
Grazie per questa splendida intervista. Una galleria di immagini spettacolari. È stato bello leggere la tua esperienza e ricerca di imparare sempre mettendoti in gioco. Complimenti Yvette e Nico
Many thanks, dear Francesca!
Thank you!
Congratulations, Nico! Way to go...
Thank you!
Wonderful gallery of portraits that are very poetic and expressive! Every one tells a story which is full of emotion and grace!
Thank you!
Great gallery and fantastic art! Congratulations!
Thank you!
Wonderful portraits gallery, the way you collaborate with your models is shown in the final image. Intriguing life story Dear Nico, thanks, for sharing it all with us and thank you Yvette for making it possible. My compliments.
Thnx a lot for your nice words.
Thank you, dear Arnon!
Dear Nico, I just stunt and speechless to see your beautiful portraits. They are not merely portraits, they are more than that.........
Thank you.
Wonderful images and interview, congratulations.
Waarvoor hartelijk dank.
great portrait, very nice pic, congratulations
Thank you.
Beautiful work. Congratulations and inspiration!
Congratulations, Nico! It was a real pleasure to interview you and to put you in the spotlights in the magazine. Cheers, Yvette
Heel graag gedaan
great portrait, very fine work of photographer Nico and models and quite great performance in the report from Yvette! Thank you! All the best! Ruth
Thanks for your appreciation, Ruth !!! Indeed great work from Nico...
Thank you Ruth.
Eyes: the gate to our secret garden

by Yvette Depaepe
Published the 17th of June 2022


 'Hi!' by Wieteke de Kogel


What’s the first thing you notice in a portrait?
It’s the eyes, as people are naturally inclined to making eye contact. The eyes are a reflection of the true essence of the person.
The whole psychological and physiological state of a person is reflected in those two screens. The eyes may remain wide open, half-open, or even closed, but they are always full of feelings.

The eyes give an idea of the character – through the eyes, you can read thoughts.

When you admire famous portraits created by great artists such as Da Vinci, or Steve McCurry, pay attention to how they conveyed the look. Notice how the mood was reflected in the eyes. Eyes are in the spotlight.

The eyes are open windows into our soul.
They can change our facial expression and show our emotions in a matter of seconds. They have the capability to reflect our feelings and emotions, expressing happiness, love, protection and comfort, but also anger, sadness or pain. Yes, they are indeed gates into our most intimate corners, which makes us both vulnerable and powerful.

I admire those images in which the eyes can tell a story. Unfortunately, not every picture can transmit such a feeling; but when this is achieved, it is just fascinating.

Here is a selection of some images from the 1x archives.
They forced me to stop and stare at them, trying to unearth somehow the secret stories they might hide.
All of them, if you take a careful look, will transport you to a different place, time, feeling and state of mind.


'vogue' by Josefina Melo



'Romi' by Martin Krystynek, QEP



'Twin love' by Peter Müller Photography



'Twins' by Sheyda Karimi



'Paranoia' by Samanta



'Watch out! It's slippery' by Francesco Martinelli



'Cross' by Samuel Zlatarev



'Mathilda' by Alexander Vinogradov



'Wodaabe beauty' by Trevor Cole



'putry' by Jockie Ferrino



'Untitled' by Alex Malikov



'The power of an eye' by Ivan Kavaldzhiev



'through his glasses' by Kharinova Uliana



'Leela and Asha' by Norbert Becke



'Shadé' by Andre du Plessis



'Look of wonder' by Marc Apers



'...untitled...' by Ela Stein



'little secrets' by Piet Flour



'Little Spy' by Frank Dalemans



Nice job lumping poor Leonardo together with Steve McCurry. You forgot to mention Mickey Mouse - also a great artist.
Ottime foto, impressionante l'idea dell'occhio come espressione dell'anima, complimenti e grazie
Intriguing interview, Yvette, and such a fascinating series of images! Thank you for sharing this!
I am impressed with the strength of the line of sight.
wonderful set of eyes! thank you Yvette!
Thanks for your appreciation, Gaby ;-)
Great collection, Thanks Yvette!
Glad you like this collection, Dennis. All honour goes to the authors ;-)
Great works.. Congratulations to all
Wonderful! It's a great collection!
Great topic and image collection! Thank you so much, Yvette!
Many thanks, dear Louie Lou!
Grazie per questo articolo cara Yvette, complimenti nella scelta impeccabile delle fotografie. Complimenti ai fotografi 👏👏
Thanks dear Francesca !
Thank you for a great article and a perfect choice of photos which proves the importance of eye contact in photography.
You're nailing the essence, dear Tessa ... Thanks !
Beautiful selection that clearly proves the point made in the article! Thx Yvette for this great article.
Many thanks, dear Wicher!
Lovely article Yvette, and the images are amazing!
Thank you, dear Kim ... ;-)
wonderful works, congratulations to all !!
molto belle complimenti a tutti
Beautiful picture, really stunning collection
Just beautiful. congrats to all.
Beautiful images and lovely article, congratulations to all photographers