The first optical system that we all know and use, it's focal plane being the retina.
We place in front of our eyes other complex technological optical systems composed of sofisticated camera bodies and complex lenses.
However it is only with our eyes that we can create images with an added dimension... our imagination, otherwise we end up with a simple photograph.
Our eyes enable us to transform the crystal-clear, violent and placid nature of water into an image to be photographed.
Imagine, being there, listening to the gurgling of a stream, to see the bottom of those transparent waters and to discover the colour and life of that underwater world.
Our eyes can even render words unnecessary when faced with an imposing mountain peak bathed in the light so characteristic of a dawn or sunset.
Imagine, waiting in the cold for the first rays of dawn that never seem to arrive, the wind howling or whistling, the emotion of that last sliver of light at sunset. Light which is renewed with every day.
With our eyes, thanks to the interplay of light and nature we can conjure up various forms.
Imagine, how lucky we are being able to bear testimony to these wonders of our world.
Our eyes enable us to concentrate on certain details intensified by the contrast of light and shadow and to even view a scene in black and white.
Imagine, to emerge from the darkness of the black part and to land in light in the white part.
Our eyes enable us to perceive urban landscapes. And to imagine.
Crossing these unknown cities with a curiosity which can even lead to a certain self-discovery.
Our eyes can even confer in us a sense of anguish when faced with images of neglect and desolation. To perceive life where life no longer exists, to tangibly feel those livelihoods lost when we see a desolate industrial wasteland.
Imagine that this is only the starting point for our continuous search for new stimuli.