The eye contact

As a father of two lovely daughters, I am often surrounded by nieces and playdates with equally wonderful little people of all shapes and sizes. What I find intriguing about photographing these little wonders-of-nature is their  immediate and direct reaction to you as a photographer. If they trust you, they’ll pour their souls out onto the canvas for you to behold. If you catch them a little off-guard, they can make the shot immensely dense and tense.

As a personal preference in photography, I am not keen on direct eye contact. I much rather be the observer capturing the subject behold and sense something elsewhere situated than behind my lens. However with children I feel a bit different, in parts explained by the beforehand stated immediate and direct nature of children.

Below is a series of my very favourite black and white shots involving only childish eye contact.

All shots was made using the X-Pro1 w/XF 35mm R f1.4. The Fujifilm is a monochrome beast! Shoot in black and white simulation and  it will reward you with .jpg outputs that will blow your mind. Only very minor adjustments in brightness and contrast is needed. What I like is having the skin somewhat High-key and the eyes be the darker part of the image. That is what I usually go for in regards to positioning myself so the available light fall just right.

35mm - f/1.4 - ISO400 - 1/400
35mm – f/1.4 – ISO400 – 1/400
35mm – f/2.8 – ISO6400 – 1/125
35mm – f/1.4 – ISO1250 – 1/50
35mm – f/1.4 – ISO800 – 1/52


  1. Lovely. These capture that mystical intelligence that children possess — a kind of intelligence that is often obscured in adulthood.

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