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40 Captivating Photos That Depict Human Emotion

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.

  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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    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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    Mayank Singhal

    April 14, 2009 3:34 am

    awesome!:)

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    Quakeulf >:3

    April 14, 2009 3:54 am

    GIRUGAMESH is my favourite. :3

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    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.

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  16. 16

    FreelancerCrowd

    April 14, 2009 5:12 am

    Great photos

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  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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    PrachiKamalia

    April 14, 2009 5:51 am

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

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  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

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