the eyes have it

30 day photography challenge

day #14: eyes

who would have thought that the simple topic of “eyes” would prove so challenging!

i considered and dismissed quite a few possible ideas for today’s blog post:

  • the quiz game: “match the eyes to the name of the person!” i envisioned giving you five sets of eyes of five people you have seen on the blog before and five names, and you pair ’em up. problem: this game would involve five official photos, not one.
  • the serious point-of-view: we’d discuss eyes as “windows to the soul.”


  • the musical angle: “eye of the tiger” -> the ultimate pump you up classic; i would also run around and photograph a rocky/sylvester stallone poster (the eyes only, of course) to match the theme. we’d move on to either talk about perseverance or boxing.
  • the scary-to-me idea: cat’s eyes!


nooooo!! that would entail me getting up freakishly close to a real live feline, and i don’t do that.

  • the oh-so-cute option: a photograph one of little e or cutie c‘s dolly’s eyes.
  • the easy way out: a self-portrait of my eyes. bor-ing!
  • the scary-yet-again story: capture the EYE of a storm. yikes! happily, the weather is not that wet ‘n’ wild this week.

in yet another example of “i knew it when i saw it,” the toronto globe and mail saved the day. saturday’s arts section featured this photo (which is now our official project photo for today):

a photo of only eyes! thank you, photo editor!

can you guess who these eyes belong to? [haha, see i managed to work in a quiz today, after all!] answer in a second…

i am a BIG fan of most of the globe’s regular columnists. our photo-of-the-day was this week’s installment of “100 words,” composed by one of the globe’s music critics, brad wheeler.

oh – before i show you the next picture, the quiz answer is larry hagman!

the “100 words” feature, in its entirety, as it appeared in the paper.

the text is worthy of both my retyping AND your reading. here it is:

100 words J.R.’s Brow Beating >> by Brad Wheeler

Who shot J.R.’s esthetician? Prime-time iconic American soap opera Dallas returns to television Wednesday on Bravo, with Larry Hagman back as oil-grubbing, daddy-quoting meanie J.R. Ewing. After the original series was cancelled in 1991, the 80-year-old let his eyebrows go untended, causing them to flare up like antlers on a Texas longhorn. Now, the fur over his peepers even has its own Facebook page. While Prince Philip’s brows may be in constant jubilee mode and the late Andy Rooney had quite the tangle too, if it came down to a vote on the most outrageous grooming, Hagman’s eyes have it.

[oh, i aspire to write in such a concise, pithy manner].

i like today’s official photo choice, too, because it brings back fond memories of when i was a young teenager and babysat the children across the street every friday night. at 9 p.m., i would watch dallas. i so enjoyed this show! both because i would not have been allowed to watch it at home [the cat’s outta the bag now!], and because i was utterly captivated by the cheesy riveting drama!

did you guess correctly for the celebrity eye quiz?! i see a bit of a jack nicholson air to hagman’s eyes…

best famous brows? my vote:


what colour are your eyes? me = green. and i have to say i ♥ my eyes (thanks, mom and dad!).

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  • The Orchard  On June 14, 2012 at 10:52 pm

    Great post! I realized that you so graciously offered to come over and play with the kids while I was away even though I have 2 cats! Maybe you forgot that detail when you offered? Or maybe you were just going to hope that the cats would be nowhere in sight while you were here?

    For future reference, neither of my cats are “people” cats, so they wouldn’t come near you anyways! 🙂

    • 1970kikiproject  On June 15, 2012 at 5:41 am

      thanks, tricia! yes, i figured that three children could distract me enough from even noticing the cats! and good to know your cats are not that social! btw, my offer still stands! 🙂

  • Johanna B  On June 14, 2012 at 3:04 pm

    Love the eyes post. I could hardly believe those were Larry Hagman’s eyes. I still think of him as he was in I Dream of Jeannie. I think that eyes are the first thing I notice about a person. I also believe in looking a person straight in the eye when I am talking to them. So many people look everywhere but…

    • 1970kikiproject  On June 14, 2012 at 3:15 pm

      ah! i love what you say about looking people in the eye – so so true that it makes a real difference in terms of connecting with someone. i forgot lh was in “i dream of jeannie!” that’s right! he WAS much younger!

  • strivingcynic  On June 14, 2012 at 12:45 pm

    I did recognize the eyes, only because hagman has been getting so much press lately for the new Dallas!
    My eyes are brown…growing up I envied people with blue or green eyes, but I like my eyes…the under eye puffiness I could do without though!

    • 1970kikiproject  On June 14, 2012 at 12:48 pm

      funny how we wish for what we don’t have…i would love thick and curly hair! yes, just yesterday the globe had another article about the new dallas…you going to watch?! hey! could i count it as one of my tv shows since it’s “new” and not “reruns” from the 80s?!

      • strivingcynic  On June 14, 2012 at 12:52 pm

        Wow, you’re a fast replier! I did watch Dallas as a kid, but didn’t plan to try to watch the new one. It might be amusing to see though!

  • Lisa  On June 14, 2012 at 10:06 am

    Such an interesting topic! Eyes can be so beautiful….and so creepy too. Lol.
    My eyes used to be brown, but now they’re hazel (so they look green when I wear a green shirt or brown when I wear brown!).

    • 1970kikiproject  On June 14, 2012 at 10:13 am

      so true, lisa! it depends on the “inner glow” from within as to what tone eyes will exude! that is neat that your eyes have evolved in colour! fascinating! neat that you can play with the colour by changing what you wear, too!

  • Fran@ Broken Cookies Don't Count  On June 14, 2012 at 8:19 am

    Just so you know…I knew It was Larry before you revealed it. 😉 The important question is…Do you remember who it was who shot JR? If you want to see eyebrows…look up a photo of Sarah Ferguson’s father. Those were amazing!! Saw him on E! True Hollywood Story about her life. Great post, Cathy!!

    • 1970kikiproject  On June 14, 2012 at 8:20 am

      fran, you will laugh but even after ALL THESE YEARS i do NOT know who shot JR! i will google right now! glad you got the quiz right! 2nd thing i am going to google: sf’s dad’s brows!

  • Stacie@Snaps and Bits  On June 14, 2012 at 6:58 am

    Lol Cathy this was such a funny post! I would not have guessed Larry but once I knew I could totally see it. Those are quite some eyebrows (on Larry and Bert!). My eyes are blue with tiny flecks of gold (not enough to be hazel) which means they are sometimes gray, sometimes blue, and sometimes greenish, depending on the light and what I wear.

    • 1970kikiproject  On June 14, 2012 at 8:08 am

      thanks, stacie! what a beautiful combination of colours in your eyes! i totally agree that you can make your eyes “pop”/vary in colour depending on the colour of clothing you wear!

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