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April 20, 2015

Take a look at some of the best photos to ever capture the soul of an animal.

We all know how you can see that animals have souls by looking into their eyes. Some animals have more soul than others when you look in there, but the eyes are where you go to check. When you look into the soul of a fish or a lizard there is not as much soul there as when you look into the eyes of the wiser mammals like gorillas, whales or dogs. Bugs, we all know, have the least soul and, accordingly, the least amount of soul can be seen in their eyes. Animals that don’t have any eyes have the simplest and therefore worst souls of all. The amount of soul in a being is exclusively determined by how well they are able to see and thus comprehend the world, that’s why the soul lives there. We all know this.

In this article we highlight the best three photos humans have taken that display the most soul in animals up to this point. These are the photos that truly prove to all of humanity that animals have a soul and you can see it by looking in their eyes. Lets take a look.

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LIFE Magazine, 1994
Photographer: Jean Taos

This photo shows us what we already know: Gorillas have souls. Big ones. Not as big as humans, of course, but they have souls. Looking in the eyes of the gorilla in this photo does a perfect job of showing that. Here’s where you can really see it.

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The pixels where you can see the most soul inside this photo of a gorilla.

When this photo graced the cover of LIFE magazine in 1994, the human eyes of the world were drawn to these three Soul Areas in the eyes of this gorilla. The polling service Rassmussen conducted a survey that showed public opinion switched from a majority saying “gorillas may have souls” or “gorillas probably do not have souls” to the majority marking the boxes for “I believe gorillas have souls” and “I strongly believe gorillas have souls.” The popularity of the photo led to renewed public interest in the gorilla which culminated in the filming of the major motion picture Congo which grossed over $150 million.

We will get into this further in the next two of the Top 3, but the reason we are able to see the souls of the gorillas in this photo is because of a technology known as “pixels.”


Sunning Elephant
Time Magazine, 2003
Photographer: Elise Graff

“In the single eye of this elephant we see the world.” It was rumored those are the words Desmond Tutu uttered when passing by a news stand selling the issue of Time magazine that featured this image on its cover. The soul of this elephant is subtle but prominent in this photo. But to most clearly get a sense of the soul of this elephant, we must look to the pixels.

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Pixels demonstrating their unmatched accuracy in displaying the soul of the elephant.

Zooming in on the pixels that are directly representing the soul of the animal in this photo shows us how clear its soul actually is. Right there, behind the animals lashes are clear and definite signs of its soul. This fidelity of soul in this eye representation was simply not possible before the pixel. Originally invented to be the smallest controllable element of a picture represented on the screen, the pixel had an unintentional side-feature: it was the most efficient way yet of seeing the soul present in a photograph of an eye.

The pixel has now helped prove the existence of over 10,000 souls-seen-within-eyes, including the most souls seen in the eyes of animals ever.

Lets move on to the greatest photo of an animal where you can see its soul in its eye.


Eye of Olive The Dog
Funny or Die, 2015
Photographer: Nathan Maggio

In this photo we see 276 pixels almost entirely filled with what can conclusively be seen as the soul of this dog. It’s an incredible image and the advanced technology tasked with delivering it to you is the pixel. The pixel is there so you don’t have to worry about finding the soul on your own, you can focus on your family and personal goals.

Pixels are a huge part of our lives. That’s why it’s so surprising there are certain organizations and suspisciously formed non-profits that are trying to spread negative information about pixels. It’s a small but growing movement that may, at first, seem like just part of normal discourse. Have you heard someone say “4K televisions are as high resolution as we will ever need” or “the human eye can barely distinguish between 1080p and 4k resolution televisions,” you may have even heard people say they didn’t like seeing Peter Jackson’s brilliant The Hobbit triology in 4k because it felt “too real” or “too distracting and strange.” These phrases are directly taken from an “astroturf” campaign designed to stop the increase in pixels in our televisions. If you heard someone say those things, you have been hearing the words of someone who is paid to say those things or is of sufficiently weak mind that they would be willing to take those claims at face value and parrot them back to others.

The fact is, independent studies have been conducted that prove there is NO limit to the amount of pixels a human eye can process. How could there be? That would imply there are limits to the human soul, something we know for a fact is not true. Some of these studies have been completed with the support of un-targeted grants from companies that produce pixels. That is a disclosure but if you think about it there really is no reason why those who produce pixels would benefit from supporting false research that unrealistically trumps up the benefits of pixels.

Behind every pixel isn’t just an image displaying the soul of an animal, there is a job. A family, someone working to put food on the table who depends on the continued need for the production of pixels. From the producers of the LEDs to the designers of the screen that those lights emit through, the continued production of technologies responsible for pixels effect the economic lives of over 7 million people.

If we want to continue to be able to see the souls of animals in photographs of them then we must take care of the industries that give us that ability. And letters to congress are a great course of action. It’s the best way to get this essential message directly in front of their eyes… and their souls.

**This article was created as Branded Content and jointly produced by both Funny or Die and the International Association Of Pixel Producers**