“The flowers in your eyes are more beautiful than those in the fields.” ~ Cherel Ito
From this quotation, it would seem that Cherel Ito was seduced by her subject’s eyes. However, it was not the eyes that held mystery and intrigue for her. What existed beyond expression was what really drew her. The eyes were simply a passageway into her subject’s soul.
Cherel once said that “forming the creation is the best part of the creator.” Through the Lens of Her Camera tells a tale of her own beautiful spirit, open and accepting of all cultures and people. Her creation, her photographic journal, is a story of humanity.
Listening served Cherel very well as a photo journalist. Her accepting and tolerant nature allowed her to listen to her own heart and to the psyche of others, to capture her subject’s character and spirit, and translate it stunningly through the lens.
Searching for that special flicker of emotion, unique look or memorable circumstance of human interaction, transcendent of time, is what motivated and carried her all over the globe. Her subjects were rarely posed. Portraits were captured of people engaged in everyday life in striking, distinctive ways. The images presented in Cheryl Ito’s book Through the Lens of Her Camera have the same relevance in today’s world as they did when they were taken decades ago.