Looking At Your Tears Under A Microscope Will Reveal Shocking Truths

May 10, 2014

One day photographer Rose-Lynn Fisher wondered if her tears of grief would look any different from her tears of happiness - so she set out to explore them up close.

Years later, this series comprises a wide range tears, from elation to onions, as well as sorrow, frustration, rejection, and laughing.

"The random compositions I find in magnified tears often evoke a sense of place, like aerial views of emotional terrain. Although the empirical nature of tears is a chemistry of water, proteins, minerals, hormones, antibodies and enzymes, the topography of tears is a momentary landscape, transient as the fingerprint of someone in a dream. This series ls like an ephemeral atlas."

Tears of laughing till I'm crying

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Rose-Lynn Fisher

Tears of change

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Rose-Lynn Fisher

"Roaming microscopic vistas, I marvel at the visual similarities between micro and macro realms, how the patterning of nature seems so consistent, regardless of scale. Patterns of erosion etched into earth over millions of years may look quite similar to the branched crystalline patterns of an evaporated tear that took less than a minute to occur."

Tears of grief

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Rose-Lynn Fisher

Onion tears

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Rose-Lynn Fisher

Basal tears

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Rose-Lynn Fisher

"Tears are the medium of our most primal language in moments as unrelenting as death, as basic as hunger, and as complex as a rite of passage. They are the evidence of our inner life overflowing its boundaries, spilling over into consciousness. Wordless and spontaneous, they release us to the possibility of realignment, reunion, catharsis: shedding tears, shedding old skin."

Tears of timeless reunion

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Rose-Lynn Fisher

Tears of ending and beginning

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Rose-Lynn Fisher

Tears of momentum, redirected

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Rose-Lynn Fisher

Tears of release

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Rose-Lynn Fisher

Tears of possibility and hope

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Rose-Lynn Fisher

Tears of elation at a liminal moment

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Rose-Lynn Fisher

Tears of remembrance

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Rose-Lynn Fisher

"It's as though each one of our tears carries a microcosm of the collective human experience, like one drop of an ocean."

Via Rose-LynnFisher.com

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