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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 Link

Milda1

Laugh Air plane.2

Charline3

Laugh with Red Hood.4

Paulina5

Paulina screen shot.

Michelle Black

Cheeky!

Loise Lane6

White dove7

Antonio Gabriele

dreams...of dreams...of dreams...

Painting in shadows8

Painting in shadows - favorite game.

gun9

8past810

Salomé G.3211

Don't Fence Me In

Brett Walker2212

Man with Smerk.13

Eric Lafforgue474414

Chimbu Dead Man.15

Sandra Torralba16

Wrong Makeup.17

Nirrimi Joy18

Freckles like stars.19

kelly c4620

tommy & jackson.21

Brett Walker2212

Old Guy.23

P.S. Zollo4924

Bud in September.25

Martin Gommel26

Anger27

Ricardo Liberato28

I'm Feeling Angry Today29

Jelena Balic

Scream

Calvin30

THE SCREAM31

Salomé G.3211

No title.

Simeon33

feel free and cry.34

Catherine

Consider me dead.

Dar’ya Sipyeykina35

Warm Memories. . .36

Leroy Skalstad4337

Young Homeless Couple.38

r39

Tears and doubts.40

Nick41

I Can't Shake You.42

Leroy Skalstad4337

GREG.

Eric Lafforgue474414

Sudanese face.45

kelly c4620

ivan,

Eric Lafforgue474414

Tired dancer.48

P.S. Zollo4924

Jane Among The Ruins.50

Antonio Gabriele

light breaks where no sun shines.

Piers Nye51

Wretched.52

mahardhika53

cry.54

Oksana55

Cry.56

taykut57

CrY and SmiLE.

Gulsah58

59

Footnotes Link

  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/photos/malish/
  7. 7 http://www.flickr.com/photos/malish/235216474/in/pool-bestofhumanemotion
  8. 8 http://vladimirborowicz.deviantart.com/
  9. 9 http://ssuunnddeeww.deviantart.com/
  10. 10 http://ssuunnddeeww.deviantart.com/art/8past8-55437635
  11. 11 http://www.flickr.com/people/vorfas/
  12. 12 http://www.flickr.com/people/brettwalker/
  13. 13 http://www.flickr.com/photos/brettwalker/163692401/
  14. 14 http://www.flickr.com/people/mytripsmypics/
  15. 15 http://www.flickr.com/photos/mytripsmypics/1558866868/
  16. 16 http://www.flickr.com/people/sandratorralba/
  17. 17 http://www.flickr.com/photos/sandratorralba/1451819805/
  18. 18 http://pretty-as-a-picture.deviantart.com/
  19. 19 http://pretty-as-a-picture.deviantart.com/art/freckles-like-stars-89379060
  20. 20 http://www.flickr.com/people/kelco/
  21. 21 http://www.flickr.com/photos/kelco/1961763491/
  22. 22 http://www.flickr.com/people/brettwalker/
  23. 23 http://www.flickr.com/photos/brettwalker/228541054/
  24. 24 http://www.flickr.com/people/zollo/
  25. 25 http://www.flickr.com/photos/zollo/1438614834/
  26. 26 http://kwerfeldein.deviantart.com/
  27. 27 http://kwerfeldein.deviantart.com/art/Anger-102986132
  28. 28 http://www.flickr.com/people/liberato/
  29. 29 http://www.flickr.com/photos/liberato/2915235479/
  30. 30 http://calvinhollywood.deviantart.com/
  31. 31 http://calvinhollywood.deviantart.com/art/THE-SCREAM-50424023
  32. 32 http://www.flickr.com/people/vorfas/
  33. 33 http://chillersbike.deviantart.com/
  34. 34 http://chillersbike.deviantart.com/art/feel-free-and-cry-90813937
  35. 35 http://www.flickr.com/people/chant3/
  36. 36 http://www.flickr.com/photos/chant3/3224706144/
  37. 37 http://www.flickr.com/people/wd9hot/
  38. 38 http://www.flickr.com/photos/wd9hot/475295701/
  39. 39 http://www.flickr.com/people/all_the_names_are_already_taken_pfff/
  40. 40 http://www.flickr.com/photos/all_the_names_are_already_taken_pfff/135624379/
  41. 41 http://www.flickr.com/people/nicktoday/
  42. 42 http://www.flickr.com/photos/nicktoday/2831259995/
  43. 43 http://www.flickr.com/people/wd9hot/
  44. 44 http://www.flickr.com/people/mytripsmypics/
  45. 45 http://www.flickr.com/photos/mytripsmypics/1014810155/
  46. 46 http://www.flickr.com/people/kelco/
  47. 47 http://www.flickr.com/people/mytripsmypics/
  48. 48 http://www.flickr.com/photos/mytripsmypics/207877955/
  49. 49 http://www.flickr.com/people/zollo/
  50. 50 http://www.flickr.com/photos/zollo/1347765836/
  51. 51 http://www.flickr.com/people/21204781@N07/
  52. 52 http://www.flickr.com/photos/21204781@N07/2501994750/
  53. 53 http://godinc.deviantart.com/
  54. 54 http://godinc.deviantart.com/art/cry-110306779
  55. 55 http://oksanax.deviantart.com/
  56. 56 http://oksanax.deviantart.com/art/Cry-46431774
  57. 57 http://taykut.deviantart.com/
  58. 58 http://fatigued.deviantart.com/
  59. 59 http://fatigued.deviantart.com/art/cry-92182490
  60. 60 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2009/01/18/the-beauty-of-urban-decay/
  61. 61 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2009/02/01/35-examples-of-beautiful-city-photography/
  62. 62 https://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

    Cool pictures, but honestly a little too artsy. I’d rather see some simple, raw, unpolished pictures of emotion. I think that would get the point across better.

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  2. 2

    Great idea for a post but I also agree with John. Simple, real, honest pictures of human emotion mean more to me.

    To the haters of SM, chill out or make your own blog that does a better job. The photogaphy and typography posts are not inherently “useless” just because they didn’t give you free icons or baby you through ajax…

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  3. 3

    Matt Litherland

    April 14, 2009 3:21 am

    Ooo Comment N0.1!

    some really nice photos here! Keep up the good work!

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  4. 4

    I don’t know how you do it. resource after resource – just awesome. Thanks guys!

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  5. 5

    I don’t know how you guys do it. Resource after awesome resource. Thanks guys!

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  6. 6

    Mayank Singhal

    April 14, 2009 3:34 am

    awesome!:)

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  7. 7

    Quakeulf >:3

    April 14, 2009 3:54 am

    GIRUGAMESH is my favourite. :3

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  8. 8

    A.B.C. Photography

    April 14, 2009 4:22 am

    I can add one more :-)

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  9. 9

    Maximum pics in dis category are mindblowing.. bt sm are not that good

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  10. 10

    awesome!… amazing collection…

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  11. 11

    Brett Walker and Catherine are fav’d here. Actually interesting to see such an article because the expression of human emotion on work seen today can be of high value.

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  12. 12

    I agree with most of the other comments made, the photos aren’t really breathtaking. The just good photos, i don’t see true emotion i can see some make a face that looks angry or sad but i don’t feel that. The images are a let down after reading the title.

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  13. 13

    Great images.

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  14. 14

    Great collection

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  15. 15

    I agree with John. A lot of these are quite the opposite of the point of the piece, and don’t show ANY emotion. Antonio Gabriele’s image is almost comedic in its clumsy use of composition, and shows a lack of emotion from both the subject and the artist that is quite extraordinary.

    -1
  16. 16

    FreelancerCrowd

    April 14, 2009 5:12 am

    Great photos

    -1
  17. 17

    Lucky 11 Studios

    April 14, 2009 5:47 am

    Decent. But honestly, there are some really cheesy shots in this list. Like CHEESE-wait for it- EEEEYYYYY.

    But overall, you guys do some great work.

    -1
  18. 18

    отличная подборка!

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  19. 19

    PrachiKamalia

    April 14, 2009 5:51 am

    I just couldn’t help myself from saying “WOW”. Photographers are true innovators!

    -1
  20. 20

    Vast majority of these photos are amazing. I don’t know a great deal about photography but I paused to look a few of these photos for quite a while. Thanks

    -1
  21. 21

    To be honest – it’s just a collection of images! The standard of Smashing! articles is really dropping!

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  22. 22

    A good collection on the whole,..but aren’t some professional model jobs ? It’s unprepared
    raw images that would expose the real human in us.

    -1
  23. 23

    I also agree with John. Many of these images don’t ring true.

    -1
  24. 24

    really nice view to say emotions

    -1
  25. 25

    here is the right link to the “angry stanic” portrait :

    Angry Satanic by Salomé G..

    Great collection though :-)

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  26. 26

    bah, smashing mag creeping ever further downhill.

    This used to be a web design blog, not a glorified flickr group.

    1/10, these wouldn’t help a bit with any of my current or previous web projects.

    -1
  27. 27

    Great collection.

    -1
  28. 28

    Boring.

    -2
  29. 29

    What’s the point ? Yes, photo is cool, but if I want such a collection, I went on Flickr. Please, stop those useless listings and keep on less but better articles like recent ones. You’re so accurate on subjects that really relate to web design.

    -1
  30. 30

    This site is not all about web design dude, photography is a great skill and a huge part of any kind of design, im sure you hate Typography too? Maybe “they are so accurate” because thats ALL you know about.

    Keep it up smashing

    -1
  31. 31

    gamma-normids

    April 14, 2009 8:36 am

    I like this kind of articles. I really don’t know about thos who complain, but watching some pretty images before working really gives some inspiration. As my Art teacher said, “you always need to see pretty stuff. Always”. Perhaps you only want to watch web designs because that’s more easy to get “inspired” by them? Look inspiration everywhere, people.

    BTW, the “old people” photos are my favourite. All of them. There is something about their eyes, like they know every secret of the world. They probably do.

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  32. 32

    utterly beautiful….I want to buy prints!!!

    -1
  33. 33

    you guys HAVE TO TURN THIS INTO A SCREEN SAVER!

    -1
  34. 34

    Seems black and white is a tool of choice. As in the past with non digital manipulated photography.

    -1
  35. 35

    Nice.

    -1
  36. 36

    Boring. Since when has this become a photography site?? At least relate it web design some how.

    -2
  37. 37

    Jordan Dossett

    April 14, 2009 1:40 pm

    Some of these were really great and some really did not belong in the list at all as their quality in contrast to the others just did not compare. Overall I have to say though these were mind blowing and some of them are very much so photo journalistic quality!!! ~ Jordan Dossett.

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  38. 38

    I was captivated by the photo of the grandfather or father holding his son; they have the same expression and look alike, it brought me into their world.

    I take shots of nature, but I would like to graduate to humans soon

    keep up the good work!

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  39. 39

    Disposable_Hero

    April 14, 2009 3:09 pm

    Nice images! Posts like this make me want to get out my camera and play around with it a bit.

    I don’t know about everyone else, but I got the impression that Smashing Magazine is a DESIGN site, not strictly devoted to the web. Therefore, photography inspiration has its place here just as much as a showcase of websites. Not to mention photography can be a large part of web design. Where do you think all those stock images you use came from?

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  40. 40

    I again agree with the sentiments of John, however for all those whining that they thought this was a web design blog and who seem to be offended that this article has been added, why click on the link to this page???

    Its like saying oh look Football is on Channel 3 I think I’ll turn over and watch it although I have no interest in it and them complain how I didn’t enjoy it….get a life.

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