Eyes Which Tell All


White-headed capuchin (Cebus capucinus) © KIKE CALVO
White-headed capuchin (Cebus capucinus). Manuel Antonio National Park. Costa Rica. Lindblad-National Geographic Expeditions. Photo © KIKE CALVO . You can now follow photographer Kike Calvo on Instagram: KIKEO  and Twitter: @kikecalvo


They say that the eyes are the windows to our souls, that the soul is the ultimate being which is observed.

I photographed a white-headed capuchin (Cebus capucinus),this morning at Manuel Antonio National Park in Costa Rica, as part of another great day of photography as a Photo Expert on this Lindblad-National Geographic Expedition to Panama and Costa Rica. After the photo was taken I thought; Who’s watching who? Do the eyes project a message or, on the contrary, are they looking, and discovering what goes on behind the windows of life’s souls?

Many primates, like chimpanzees, can produce dozens of different sounds, in some cases heard from as far as two miles away. Yet what happens when the cry is silent? The cries of many species around the world are silent. Still, they have the ability to produce sounds, looks, and use tools to convey their messages to the world. However, it is possible that animals adaptability cannot evolve as rapidly as the technology of man. Their habitats disappear.

So I suggest, the next time that you look into the eyes of anyone, human or animal, think of the eyes of the beholder, not forgetting the other’s story of where they could have possibly come from, and where they wish to go.


Changing Planet

Meet the Author
Award-winning photographer, journalist, and author Kike Calvo (pronounced key-keh) specializes in culture and environment. He has been on assignment in more than 90 countries, working on stories ranging from belugas in the Arctic to traditional Hmong costumes in Laos. Kike is pioneering in using small unmanned aerial systems to produce aerial photography as art, and as a tool for research and conservation. He is also known for his iconic photographic project, World of Dances, on the intersection of dance, nature, and architecture. His work has been published in National Geographic, New York Times, Time, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, New York Magazine, Rolling Stone, and Vanity Fair, among others. Kike teaches photography workshops and has been a guest lecturer at leading institutions like the School of Visual Arts and Yale University. He is a regular contributor to National Geographic blog Voices. He has authored nine books, including Drones for Conservation; So You Want to Create Maps Using Drones?; Staten Island: A Visual Journey to the Lighthouse at the End of the World; and Habitats, with forewords by David Doubilet and Jean-Michel Cousteau. Kike’s images have been exhibited around the world, and are represented by the National Geographic Image Collection. Kike was born in Spain and is based in New York. When he is not on assignment, he is making gazpacho following his grandmother’s Andalusian recipe. You can travel to Colombia with Kike: www.colombiaphotoexpeditions.com