Ocelli / Abigail Winograd
From whatever side one approaches things, the ultimate problem turns out in the final analysis to be that of distinction: distinction between the real and the imaginary, between waking and sleeping, between ignorance and knowledge, etc.
-Roger Caillois in Mimicry and Legendary Psychastenia
The ocellus is a morphogenetic feature found in certain species of insects, reptiles, fish, cats, and birds. These rounded markings closely resembling eyes function as a form of camouflage or mimicry, a useful and uniquely beautiful piece of genetic deception most dramatically illustrated on the tails of male peacocks. This same phenomenon is visible—though in a much less spectacular fashion—in certain species of seagulls that are the subject of a new series of photographs by the Israeli-born artist Assaf Evron. Each photograph focuses on an individual bird, isolating one eye and one ocellus, with the resulting uncanny portraits alluding to one of Evron’s principle subjects of inquiry, namely the unreliable and deceptive nature of vision.