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photon: windows to the soul

a digital publication of
the journalism program @
van nuys senior high school
van nuys, california

windows to the soul

The eyes. The most mysterious, yet telling part of our body. Our entire lives are exchanged in just a glance. Stories meet as our eyes do, and it feels we’ve learned everything about that person. Yet at the same time, always a hint of mystery lingers in our minds.

There’s a great deal of truth in the saying “the eyes are the window to the soul.” Whether you believe in souls or not, the eyes are still a whimsical and crucial thing to us. Science guarantees this.

The first eyes appeared 550 million years ago. Compared to what we consider eyes, these rudimentary little patches of cells could only detect light, let alone analyze it and piece an image together. Now, we have incredibly complex organs, made up of millions of cells all deciphering millions of photons to create an image every fraction of a millisecond. And to think, now I’m using these biological miracles to write about staring into other biological miracles.

These magnificent contraptions spend literally every waking moment feeding us information. One of their more essential jobs is telling other us about their brethren, the eyes of those around us. Eye contact is essential in social interaction. We watch others eyes to pick up their excitement, disappointment, happiness, sadness, pleasure pain, etc.

text by jackson beckman-smith | image story by theresa nguyen

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