40 Captivating Photos That Depict Human Emotion

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Though we differ in the way we look and things we believe in, there’s something we all share: emotion. Human emotion is innate in all of us; it’s something we’re born with and something we die with. Happiness, sadness, love, hatred, worries, and indifference – these are things that constantly occur in our daily lives.

Today we share with you 40 powerful depictions of the human emotion. In these photos you’ll see celebrations, sadness in defeat, raw anger, and everything else in between that makes us what we are… human.

Captivating Photos that Depict Human Emotion

Milda1

Laugh Air plane.2

Charline3

Laugh with Red Hood.4

Paulina5

Paulina screen shot.

Michelle Black6

Cheeky!7

Loise Lane8

White dove9

Antonio Gabriele6410

dreams...of dreams...of dreams...11

Painting in shadows12

Painting in shadows - favorite game.13

gun14

8past815

Salomé G.4016

Don't Fence Me In17

Brett Walker18

Man with Smerk.19

Eric Lafforgue605620

Chimbu Dead Man.21

Sandra Torralba22

Wrong Makeup.23

Nirrimi Joy24

Freckles like stars.25

kelly c5826

tommy & jackson.27

Brett Walker28

Old Guy.29

P.S. Zollo6230

Bud in September.31

Martin Gommel32

Anger33

Ricardo Liberato34

I'm Feeling Angry Today35

Jelena Balic36

Scream37

Calvin38

THE SCREAM39

Salomé G.4016

No title.41

Simeon42

feel free and cry.43

Catherine44

Consider me dead.45

Dar’ya Sipyeykina46

Warm Memories. . .47

Leroy Skalstad5448

Young Homeless Couple.49

r50

Tears and doubts.51

Nick52

I Can't Shake You.53

Leroy Skalstad5448

GREG.55

Eric Lafforgue605620

Sudanese face.57

kelly c5826

ivan,59

Eric Lafforgue605620

Tired dancer.61

P.S. Zollo6230

Jane Among The Ruins.63

Antonio Gabriele6410

light breaks where no sun shines.65

Piers Nye66

Wretched.67

mahardhika68

cry.69

Oksana70

Cry.71

taykut72

CrY and SmiLE.73

Gulsah74

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Footnotes

  1. 1 http://lluvia.deviantart.com/
  2. 2 http://lluvia.deviantart.com/art/Laugh-42555319
  3. 3 http://cassetteject.deviantart.com/
  4. 4 http://cassetteject.deviantart.com/art/Laugh-66816171
  5. 5 http://peempek.deviantart.com/
  6. 6 http://www.flickr.com/people/ursylla/
  7. 7 http://www.flickr.com/photos/ursylla/808092229/
  8. 8 http://www.flickr.com/photos/malish/
  9. 9 http://www.flickr.com/photos/malish/235216474/in/pool-bestofhumanemotion
  10. 10 http://www.flickr.com/people/aboutdesouffle/
  11. 11 http://www.flickr.com/photos/aboutdesouffle/405727863/
  12. 12 http://vladimirborowicz.deviantart.com/
  13. 13 http://vladimirborowicz.deviantart.com/art/My-favourite-game-53361696
  14. 14 http://ssuunnddeeww.deviantart.com/
  15. 15 http://ssuunnddeeww.deviantart.com/art/8past8-55437635
  16. 16 http://www.flickr.com/people/vorfas/
  17. 17 http://www.flickr.com/photos/vorfas/390765299/
  18. 18 http://www.flickr.com/people/brettwalker/
  19. 19 http://www.flickr.com/photos/brettwalker/163692401/
  20. 20 http://www.flickr.com/people/mytripsmypics/
  21. 21 http://www.flickr.com/photos/mytripsmypics/1558866868/
  22. 22 http://www.flickr.com/people/sandratorralba/
  23. 23 http://www.flickr.com/photos/sandratorralba/1451819805/
  24. 24 http://pretty-as-a-picture.deviantart.com/
  25. 25 http://pretty-as-a-picture.deviantart.com/art/freckles-like-stars-89379060
  26. 26 http://www.flickr.com/people/kelco/
  27. 27 http://www.flickr.com/photos/kelco/1961763491/
  28. 28 http://www.flickr.com/people/brettwalker/
  29. 29 http://www.flickr.com/photos/brettwalker/228541054/
  30. 30 http://www.flickr.com/people/zollo/
  31. 31 http://www.flickr.com/photos/zollo/1438614834/
  32. 32 http://kwerfeldein.deviantart.com/
  33. 33 http://kwerfeldein.deviantart.com/art/Anger-102986132
  34. 34 http://www.flickr.com/people/liberato/
  35. 35 http://www.flickr.com/photos/liberato/2915235479/
  36. 36 http://esens.deviantart.com/
  37. 37 http://esens.deviantart.com/art/Scream-60887321
  38. 38 http://calvinhollywood.deviantart.com/
  39. 39 http://calvinhollywood.deviantart.com/art/THE-SCREAM-50424023
  40. 40 http://www.flickr.com/people/vorfas/
  41. 41 http://calvinhollywood.deviantart.com/art/THE-SCREAM-50424023
  42. 42 http://chillersbike.deviantart.com/
  43. 43 http://chillersbike.deviantart.com/art/feel-free-and-cry-90813937
  44. 44 http://redfraction.deviantart.com/
  45. 45 http://redfraction.deviantart.com/art/Consider-me-dead-73265320
  46. 46 http://www.flickr.com/people/chant3/
  47. 47 http://www.flickr.com/photos/chant3/3224706144/
  48. 48 http://www.flickr.com/people/wd9hot/
  49. 49 http://www.flickr.com/photos/wd9hot/475295701/
  50. 50 http://www.flickr.com/people/all_the_names_are_already_taken_pfff/
  51. 51 http://www.flickr.com/photos/all_the_names_are_already_taken_pfff/135624379/
  52. 52 http://www.flickr.com/people/nicktoday/
  53. 53 http://www.flickr.com/photos/nicktoday/2831259995/
  54. 54 http://www.flickr.com/people/wd9hot/
  55. 55 http://www.flickr.com/photos/wd9hot/2528736855/
  56. 56 http://www.flickr.com/people/mytripsmypics/
  57. 57 http://www.flickr.com/photos/mytripsmypics/1014810155/
  58. 58 http://www.flickr.com/people/kelco/
  59. 59 http://www.flickr.com/photos/kelco/2152042633/
  60. 60 http://www.flickr.com/people/mytripsmypics/
  61. 61 http://www.flickr.com/photos/mytripsmypics/207877955/
  62. 62 http://www.flickr.com/people/zollo/
  63. 63 http://www.flickr.com/photos/zollo/1347765836/
  64. 64 http://www.flickr.com/people/aboutdesouffle/
  65. 65 http://www.flickr.com/photos/aboutdesouffle/222039056/in/pool-bestofhumanemotion
  66. 66 http://www.flickr.com/people/21204781@N07/
  67. 67 http://www.flickr.com/photos/21204781@N07/2501994750/
  68. 68 http://godinc.deviantart.com/
  69. 69 http://godinc.deviantart.com/art/cry-110306779
  70. 70 http://oksanax.deviantart.com/
  71. 71 http://oksanax.deviantart.com/art/Cry-46431774
  72. 72 http://taykut.deviantart.com/
  73. 73 http://taykut.deviantart.com/art/CrY-and-SmiLE-69267681
  74. 74 http://fatigued.deviantart.com/
  75. 75 http://fatigued.deviantart.com/art/cry-92182490
  76. 76 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2009/01/18/the-beauty-of-urban-decay/
  77. 77 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2009/02/01/35-examples-of-beautiful-city-photography/
  78. 78 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2009/03/01/showcase-of-beautiful-shadow-photography/

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Jacob Gube is the Founder and Chief Editor of Six Revisions, a web publication for web developers and designers, and the Deputy Editor of Design Instruct, a web magazine for designers and digital artists. He has over seven years of experience as professional web developer and web designer and has written a book on JavaScript.

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  1. 1

    Good Collection..

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  2. 52

    emotive, beautiful, classic… luv it !

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  3. 103

    I also agree with John. Most of them seem fake.
    Jelena Balic’s and Calvin’s photos don’t express anything for me. (and many more)
    Well only one thing…. fake.
    I’m really disappointed with most of your image collections.
    Just try to explain why a photo is great and see the response from us, to start a debate and at the end you’ll see why this collection sucks.

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  4. 154

    Very cool Post, Awesome Emotions and expressions. Really lovely ! :)
    I mostly loved Paulina, Painting in shadows,Catherine and r. Really good ones. :)

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  5. 205

    splendid, absolutely splendid…

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    Robert ( InToGraphics @ the forum )

    April 15, 2009 1:01 am

    When I bumped into the http://www.jeremycowart.com/ website somewhere in 2004, I was convinced I had found the best photographer in the world. In a way, he still is to me, because I still pass by a couple of times a week.

    But the net proved me wrong. Articles likes this remind me that that there is so much other (yet to be discovered by me) talent out there.

    Thanks for this.
    Robert

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  7. 307

    Very very very NICE!!!

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  8. 358

    Amazing……………………

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  9. 460

    underwhelming mostly… more posts like the amazing brochures and leaflets, less of the lazy crossposts from flickr.

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  10. 511

    Cristhian Bedon

    April 15, 2009 4:12 am

    Photography at its best.

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  11. 562

    You can draw on inspiration from anywhere so the relevance of this post is still there.

    A couple of photos had lovely contrasts in color that I will be experimenting with on websites so I got something from it ;-)

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  12. 613

    hmm very realistic photos. Caterine is very beautiful photo. Thanks for all photos

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    Rajehs Kumar Chekuri

    April 15, 2009 4:36 am

    nice pics…….
    nice blog……..

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  14. 715

    Great selection of photos, quality photography is something often overlooked for websites, take time over composition, lighting, contrast etc. I agree some wouldn’t look out of place on a stock photo site.

    I really like the colours in Catherine’s image, though smoking on a train line is just asking for trouble

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  15. 766

    eh very nice indeed.

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  16. 817

    Nice collection of images! Thank you for stepping out of the one-dimensional mindset of web design and bringing inspiration from other areas of design. Keep up the good work!

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  17. 868

    Most of these have nothing to do with emotion … they’re just pictures of people … some of them average at best.

    Try harder please :)

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    Wayfaring Wanderer

    April 15, 2009 5:23 am

    This makes me want to take portraits as I hardly ever do.

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    @Cristhian Bedon (April 15th, 2009, 4:12 am)

    I’m afraid you couldn’t be more wrong. This is average flikr material, not photography at its best, by any standard. Its a quick easy post; and although as a web designer I do find any artistic material of use; this isn’t a great collection, and if on any other site would be ignored completely.

    Personally I find the coding articles of less use, as I’m a web designer, not a web developer. Inspirational articles are great, but this is not inspirational I’m afraid; perhaps for a teenage ameteur who followed a digg link, but not to professional designer.

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    @Lee

    Web design is far from one-dimensional … clearly you know nothing of the subject. Also, while I’m here, photography is not a form of design … its an art; semantics I know … but worth pointing out.

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  21. 1072

    Some photos here are decent, but many are quite the opposite of this post’s topic. Antonio Gabriele’s “photo” looks like a botched collage created in MS Paint. Yuck.

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  22. 1123

    Just to follow up on those that say some of pics show no emotion… technically “indifferent” is an emotion… “ennui” as well :)

    (but yeah some of these are nice photos, but I dont really think “emotions” when viewing them)

    ((and this opinion is from a photographer with his own photography company, degrees in photography and art history, and has worked in photography museums and galleries. But again… this is my opinion on the photos, ))

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  23. 1174

    Most of these look really posed – not about showing true emotion at all.

    I’d love to see a post that shows how photographic content – particularly emotions – contribute to an overall design.

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  24. 1225

    These are fantastic!

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  25. 1276

    I want to start my photography after watching this gallery, its just excellent !!

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  26. 1327

    That’s awesome, great photos…

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  27. 1378

    This is awesome !! great pics !!!
    I’m actually inspired to do some photography !!!!
    Smashing it again !

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  28. 1429

    Stunning pictures!
    Keep sharing with us.Thank you.

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  29. 1480

    Awesome collection…
    I am just out of my words….

    Keep the good work going and capturing people’s emotions

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    Sivaprasath Selvaraj

    April 16, 2009 9:52 pm

    This is awesome. great pics.
    I’m actually inspired to do some photography.
    Keep sharing with us.Thank you.

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  31. 1582

    this is empty.

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  32. 1633

    THIS IS WHY I COME ON THIS SITE EVERYDAY

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  33. 1684

    very cute and nice capture that should’nt be missed in this post

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/teppser/3427582454/in/photostream/

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  34. 1735

    amazing shots…truly inspiring..thanks for sharing!

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  35. 1786

    Your best photo collection ever. Thank you very much for this emotional post

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  36. 1837

    These are very fantastic!

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    Barbara Nicholls

    April 20, 2009 10:49 am

    Wow, these are truly amazing.

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  38. 1939

    Wow! Definitely bookmarking this page!
    These portraits are so genuine and strong. Love the variety. Way to capture the vastness of emotion!

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    Siouxie Boshoff

    April 21, 2009 9:06 am

    Wow. Breathtaking. I could feel the emotion in some f them. Thank you for sharing these!

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  40. 2041

    To LIFE!

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  41. 2092

    Most of these seemed like they were trying way too hard. “Models Attempting to Look Deep” would have been a more apt title.

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    Ignatz Horowitz

    April 22, 2009 5:41 am

    Some were good, some shouldn’t have been posted…but at least there were no god-awful cartoonish “HDR” wannabes. This site could do better if more effort was put into it.

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  44. 2245

    Photograps are good. But lacks expression. There is a bit of conciousness amongst all the characters shown here. Don’t make them concious when u click the button.

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  45. 2296

    To me it’s just a collection of images. Generic ‘human emotions’ have the inverse (desired) effect of making me feel emotionally bland/ placid. Makes some people happy tho

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  46. 2347

    40 Captivating Photos?? There are only 38…. where are the other 2 ?

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  47. 2398

    BEAUTIFULL EMOTIONS

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  48. 2449

    nice clicks dude!

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  49. 2500

    If the human emotion is generic amateur model poses, then I suppose they are.

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  50. 2551

    these are some legit photos yo…i really dig the homeboi

    FUR SURE!

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