Looking into someone’s eyes for a prolonged period can simultaneously unnerve and bring closeness. Oxytocin is released and the personal boundaries we maintain are challenged.
Exploring this intimacy, photographer Anna Gabriel embarked on a photography project that features some of pop culture's most recognisable faces, shooting close-up portraits of their eyes.
With subjects including Sting, Peter Gabriel and Robert Plant, the resulting series of images offers a compelling and seldom seen perspective of some of the world's most regularly gazed-upon faces.
During a WITNESS fundraiser last year, Gabriel photographed the eyes of a number of attendees, including Pentagram partner Harry Pearce – who has been active on the human rights charity's advisory board since 1993.
Gabriel plans to release the EYE-D project as a book in 2018; it will feature subjects such as Johnny Depp, Paul Simon, Robert Plant, Lou Reed, David Byrne, Annie Lennox, Michael Stipe, Randy Newman, Tom Petty, The Edge, Bon Iver, and more.