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The jewel-like images of Rankin’s ‘Eyescapes’ cause the viewer to pay attention to the nuance of the human eye. Much as American painter Georgia O’Keefe created super-large flower works in order to get people to pause and look, British-born photographer John Rankin Waddell has enlarged and enhanced images of the human eye. The result is captivating.
Rankin, co-founder of the style magazine ‘Dazed and Confused’ and the quarterly fashion magazine ‘Rank,’ is well-known for his portrait photography, especially of famous people. He is, however, an artist of the first degree. When asked if his work is fashionable, he replied, “No—I think the most important thing in photography is that your work survives the test of time.”
While iris scans and other techno-savvy forms of ID are exciting news, it’s good to step back, take a breath, and enjoy our collective humanity. In that sense, perhaps the human eye is a portal to the human soul.
All photographs © Rankin