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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.

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Captivating Photos that Depict Human Emotion Link

Milda5

Laugh Air plane.6

Charline7

Laugh with Red Hood.8

Paulina9

Paulina screen shot.

Michelle Black

Cheeky!

Loise Lane10

White dove11

Antonio Gabriele

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

Painting in shadows12

Painting in shadows - favorite game.

gun

8past813

Salomé G.3214

Don't Fence Me In

Brett Walker2515

Man with Smerk.16

Eric Lafforgue464317

Chimbu Dead Man.18

Sandra Torralba19

Wrong Makeup.20

Nirrimi Joy21

Freckles like stars.22

kelly c4523

tommy & jackson.24

Brett Walker2515

Old Guy.26P.S. Zollo4827

Bud in September.28

Martin Gommel

Anger

Ricardo Liberato29

I'm Feeling Angry Today30

Jelena Balic

Scream

Calvin

THE SCREAM31

Salomé G.3214

No title.

Simeon

feel free and cry.33

Catherine

Consider me dead.

Dar’ya Sipyeykina34

Warm Memories. . .35

Leroy Skalstad4236

Young Homeless Couple.37

r38

Tears and doubts.39

Nick40

I Can't Shake You.41

Leroy Skalstad4236

GREG.

Eric Lafforgue464317

Sudanese face.44

kelly c4523

ivan,

Eric Lafforgue464317

Tired dancer.47

P.S. Zollo4827

Jane Among The Ruins.49

Antonio Gabriele

light breaks where no sun shines.

Piers Nye50

Wretched.51mahardhika52

cry.53

Oksana54

Cry.55taykut56

CrY and SmiLE.Gulsah57

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Footnotes Link

  1. 1 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2009/02/35-beautiful-examples-of-animals-photography/
  2. 2 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/06/beautiful-black-and-white-photography/
  3. 3 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2009/03/35-really-stunning-photos-and-pictures/
  4. 4 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2009/04/the-ultimate-photography-round-up/
  5. 5 http://lluvia.deviantart.com/
  6. 6 http://lluvia.deviantart.com/art/Laugh-42555319
  7. 7 http://cassetteject.deviantart.com/
  8. 8 http://cassetteject.deviantart.com/art/Laugh-66816171
  9. 9 http://peempek.deviantart.com/
  10. 10 http://www.flickr.com/photos/malish/
  11. 11 http://www.flickr.com/photos/malish/235216474/in/pool-bestofhumanemotion
  12. 12 http://vladimirborowicz.deviantart.com/
  13. 13 http://ssuunnddeeww.deviantart.com/art/8past8-55437635
  14. 14 http://www.flickr.com/people/vorfas/
  15. 15 http://www.flickr.com/people/brettwalker/
  16. 16 http://www.flickr.com/photos/brettwalker/163692401/
  17. 17 http://www.flickr.com/people/mytripsmypics/
  18. 18 http://www.flickr.com/photos/mytripsmypics/1558866868/
  19. 19 http://www.flickr.com/people/sandratorralba/
  20. 20 http://www.flickr.com/photos/sandratorralba/1451819805/
  21. 21 http://pretty-as-a-picture.deviantart.com/
  22. 22 http://pretty-as-a-picture.deviantart.com/art/freckles-like-stars-89379060
  23. 23 http://www.flickr.com/people/kelco/
  24. 24 http://www.flickr.com/photos/kelco/1961763491/
  25. 25 http://www.flickr.com/people/brettwalker/
  26. 26 http://www.flickr.com/photos/brettwalker/228541054/
  27. 27 http://www.flickr.com/people/zollo/
  28. 28 http://www.flickr.com/photos/zollo/1438614834/
  29. 29 http://www.flickr.com/people/liberato/
  30. 30 http://www.flickr.com/photos/liberato/2915235479/
  31. 31 http://calvinhollywood.deviantart.com/art/THE-SCREAM-50424023
  32. 32 http://www.flickr.com/people/vorfas/
  33. 33 http://chillersbike.deviantart.com/art/feel-free-and-cry-90813937
  34. 34 http://www.flickr.com/people/chant3/
  35. 35 http://www.flickr.com/photos/chant3/3224706144/
  36. 36 http://www.flickr.com/people/wd9hot/
  37. 37 http://www.flickr.com/photos/wd9hot/475295701/
  38. 38 http://www.flickr.com/people/all_the_names_are_already_taken_pfff/
  39. 39 http://www.flickr.com/photos/all_the_names_are_already_taken_pfff/135624379/
  40. 40 http://www.flickr.com/people/nicktoday/
  41. 41 http://www.flickr.com/photos/nicktoday/2831259995/
  42. 42 http://www.flickr.com/people/wd9hot/
  43. 43 http://www.flickr.com/people/mytripsmypics/
  44. 44 http://www.flickr.com/photos/mytripsmypics/1014810155/
  45. 45 http://www.flickr.com/people/kelco/
  46. 46 http://www.flickr.com/people/mytripsmypics/
  47. 47 http://www.flickr.com/photos/mytripsmypics/207877955/
  48. 48 http://www.flickr.com/people/zollo/
  49. 49 http://www.flickr.com/photos/zollo/1347765836/
  50. 50 http://www.flickr.com/people/21204781@N07/
  51. 51 http://www.flickr.com/photos/21204781@N07/2501994750/
  52. 52 http://godinc.deviantart.com/
  53. 53 http://godinc.deviantart.com/art/cry-110306779
  54. 54 http://oksanax.deviantart.com/
  55. 55 http://oksanax.deviantart.com/art/Cry-46431774
  56. 56 http://taykut.deviantart.com/
  57. 57 http://fatigued.deviantart.com/
  58. 58 http://fatigued.deviantart.com/art/cry-92182490
  59. 59 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2009/01/18/the-beauty-of-urban-decay/
  60. 60 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2009/02/01/35-examples-of-beautiful-city-photography/
  61. 61 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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  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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    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.

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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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