Eye Candy

The Observer Effect

Photos and illustrations from years spent taking notice.


  • Charlotte CallaGirl May 22nd, 2013 3:06 PM

    BEAUTIFUL! I ADORED NUMBER 19, IT WAS FABULOUS! I thought the drawings were also pretty amazing, and deeper than they may have looked sometimes. Great job, Cynthia and Rookie!
    Thanks for posting, Cynthia.

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  • flocha May 22nd, 2013 3:13 PM

    These pictures make me wish I could draw.


  • whatever May 22nd, 2013 3:22 PM

    these are all so gorgeous, i can’t even choose a favourite and omg all yr drawings are so kewt gahhhh


  • Eva Patterson May 22nd, 2013 3:28 PM

    Oh, Hagia Sophia! I’ve always wanted to see there.

  • Melissa @ WildFlowerChild May 22nd, 2013 3:28 PM

    Amazing. I feel so inspired now.


  • Runaway May 22nd, 2013 3:31 PM

    <3 Hagia Sophia in 13!

  • indaslicht May 22nd, 2013 3:34 PM

    i ♡ #5, 6, 11, 12, & 19
    + is that hagia sofia in #13? because if so then we need to discuss how beautiful it is.
    ++ your arabic handwriting in #15 is wonderful ♡

  • Emmie May 22nd, 2013 3:34 PM

    Who’s that beauty in photo no. 9?
    Lovely line drawings, lovely indeed. xx

  • Caitlin H. May 22nd, 2013 3:56 PM

    So beautiful <3

  • harriet.the.unicorn May 22nd, 2013 3:59 PM

    These are so beautiful! I feel inspired! Numbers 9 and 1 are my favourite.


  • Mary the freak May 22nd, 2013 4:12 PM

    i had a really crappy day, but these pictures sort of fixed it all. rookie is magical.


  • Teez May 22nd, 2013 4:15 PM

    <3 hagia sophia

  • elliecp May 22nd, 2013 4:26 PM

    This speaks to me on so many levels…love the line drawings, and the whole idea of observing. I’ve felt really observant this week so it’s nice to not feel alone in that! Inspired to draw people I see out and about now.


  • chawi May 22nd, 2013 4:30 PM

    1 and 17!! <3


  • dottie May 22nd, 2013 5:09 PM

    These are so beautiful! Really really really (times 1000, twice) good job! :)

  • KatGirl May 22nd, 2013 5:56 PM

    #13 is awesome :D
    I have a question: is it allowed to use a photo by a rookie photographer in ways like posting it on your blog as part of a moodboard if you give them credit?

    • Anaheed May 22nd, 2013 11:32 PM

      In general, as long as you’re giving credit & not making $, people don’t mind…but it’s still a good idea to ask the individual photographer.

  • abby111039 May 22nd, 2013 6:24 PM

    The text in the first one was absolutely gorgeous. <3

  • Eryn May 22nd, 2013 6:31 PM

    I love these so much!! They have so much energy and life.


  • Cynthia May 22nd, 2013 7:31 PM

    Thank you everyone, I’ve never had access to such a response to my work and it has really touched me deeply, I’m not sure what more to say I’m overwhelmed by all your kind words.

    Thank you Rookie for being such amazing trailblazers and so inspiring to work for.

    P.S: The people photographed are family and friends, and the places from all over, and yes that is the incredible Hagia Sofia in Turkey!

  • Kendra May 22nd, 2013 8:06 PM

    Wow this is absolutely stunning. I loved the combination of drawings and photography. Definitely one of my favourite posts!

    Complex and beautiful <3

  • Imogen-Rose May 22nd, 2013 8:41 PM

    I love all of these! so inspiring! <3

  • Remiliuh May 22nd, 2013 9:10 PM

    These were all so cool! 11 and 17 are my favourites!

  • Zoe May 23rd, 2013 2:33 AM

    These are beautiful!

  • cornly_ May 23rd, 2013 5:21 AM

    number one made me tear up a little bit.

  • Isil May 23rd, 2013 6:57 AM

    My reaction when I saw Hagia Sophia “OMG I LIVE THERE OMG ISTANBUL” *jumps in bed*


  • xoxololita May 23rd, 2013 8:05 AM

    #1 & 19!
    so amazing


  • Jessa May 23rd, 2013 11:33 AM

    love this, so unique and creative!! :)

  • May 23rd, 2013 1:58 PM

    Why i can’t draw/take pictures like this!?

  • Lori May 23rd, 2013 3:19 PM

    Number 11 reminded me of the “Feed the Birds” song from Mary Poppins! They’re all beautiful by the way. :)

  • Kourtney May 23rd, 2013 6:55 PM

    I love the entire photo album but I love number 13 the most! :)

  • taratwinkle May 23rd, 2013 11:36 PM

    You know when you listen to a really great song (or are with your friends and are so purely happy? Or skiing into a sunset?) and your heart kind of hurts, but in a really good way? Like kinda pangs? This is how these pictues make me feel.

  • sissiLOL May 24th, 2013 11:38 AM

    Number one is SOOOOO genial!!!! What is says is so true!!!
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  • 3yoosh May 24th, 2013 2:04 PM

    I adored numbers 5 and 9. They are perfection. But I really loved the entire album. really perfect

  • loonylizzy May 24th, 2013 2:45 PM

    gorgeous drawings and photos! #19 is my favorite, but i love them all. so talented!!


  • monalisa May 25th, 2013 5:09 AM

    number 17 made me really sad.
    really good set


  • mimsydeux May 25th, 2013 5:32 AM

    #3 and #16 blew me away! Such a gorgeous bunch of illustrations.

  • Esme May 25th, 2013 12:55 PM

    srsly so beautifulllll

  • artgirlsucha May 25th, 2013 4:31 PM

    A fantastic album. I love the one with the blurry girl in front of the sign especially.

  • AidaA May 30th, 2013 11:16 AM

    ahhh I love photo diaries and journals. Yours are great. I think 13 is my favourite photo

    Aida x


  • inesc June 2nd, 2013 4:51 AM

    i just can’t choose a favourite photo because all of them are amazing, this is really beautiful.


  • thawdar August 16th, 2013 10:46 AM

    the 13th one is amazing! the rest are equally beautiful.


  • TessaTheTeenageWitch September 10th, 2013 1:35 AM

    Ahhh!!! These photos reminded me of my trip to Turkey. The day I went to the Hagia Sophia it was sweltering hot but we went inside it was dark and cool and everyone was speaking in hushed voices – truly magical.

    Cynthia you’re a goddess!