What The Eyes See

Man With The Piercing Blue Eyes

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Man With The Piercing Blue Eyes and CaneYou really have to wonder what he’s thinking, eyes afire like that, brow knitted.

From the original photo (right), it’s likely he’s a well-to-do man, middle-aged, sitting for his big 1/2-plate ambrotype photo in the 1850s, with his velvet collar and ivory-handle cane. But what stands out are his eyes.

I decided to zoom in on them for today’s photo experiment. Finding the detail in his eyes also reveals his weathered skin.

A farmer turned prosperous? A laborer turned shopkeeper in a boomtown? The undertaker? The mayor-elect? Or a gentleman who has simple seen too much sorrow and death in his struggling new country?

His name and place are lost.

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