It’s no easy task to photograph wildlife, let alone take a photo of them up close. But this Armenian photographer has managed to not only get very close to wildlife, he was also able to capture a detailed close-up of their eyes.

Suren Manvelyan has been capturing animals for a long time, from his backyard, to zoos, oceanariums, and anywhere else he finds them.

“I began thinking about this series after I completed a similar one about the human eye,” Manvelyan told Bored Panda in an interview. “After the first project, I have really improved in shooting eyes in any conditions, and eventually settled on the idea to photograph animal eyes.”

Here are some of his photos.

Alaskan Malamute (Suren Manvelyan)
Cat (Suren Manvelyan)
Chimpanzee (Suren Manvelyan)
Nylus Crocodile (Suren Manvelyan)
Rockfish Eye (Suren Manvelyan)
Tokay Gecko (Suren Manvelyan)
Hippo (Suren Manvelyan)
Horse (Suren Manvelyan)
Husky (Suren Manvelyan)
Llama (Suren Manvelyan)
Long-Eared Owl (Suren Manvelyan)
Blue-Yellow Macaw Parrot (Suren Manvelyan)
Black rabbit (Suren Manvelyan)
Ray (Suren Manvelyan)

“The eyes of every animal is the result of it adapting to its living conditions. That’s the reason why there are so many eye types. Water animals have completely different eyes than those living on earth, too. I think this is what makes the animal eye series so interesting to the viewer,” Manvelyan added.

He said no animal was hurt during the process. You can check his other works on his Instagram or website.

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