It’s often said the eyes are windows into the soul. Visual artist Jhovany Quiroz explores that idea in Window, a photo series that uses a little clever photo editing to turn the eye into a seascape of waves and light.

Quiroz put out an Instagram call last spring asking friends and family for pictures of their eyes. He’d worked with photo-editing apps like Mextures and Glitché to create trippy abstract art, and thought it would be fun to use it here, too. I chose the eye for its expressiveness, its ability to tell a story and capture our attention,” he says. “I wanted to be able to bring that through despite the fact that these are digital renderings.”

Quiroz cropped each frame to place the eye front and center. He adjusted color, contrast and light in Mextures, then opened the file in Glitché to render its 3D surfaces in topographic lines. Then it was back to Mextures for fine-tuning to make the images pop.

One thing comes to mind when you see the result: far-out. You can’t help but marvel at the distinct personalities and emotions in each eye. Quiroz likes how each one conveys something different, whether that’s surprise, anger or contemplation. “It’s a ton of fun making these, because there’s this whole need to represent the person in them,” he says. “My mom, for instance, is in one of them, and I really wanted her sweetness to come through.”

Window also shows the fascinating places a digital tool can take you. While anyone can fiddle with editing software, it takes vision to create something interesting. “I have a deep need to experiment and create,” Quiroz says. “and apps are becoming these very sophisticated tools you can create with.”

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