We all cry for different reasons, whether over a loss; from hurt and disappointments; and even the tears we shed when we get tickled. But do our tears all look the same regardless of the reasons behind why we shed them in the first place? One photographer found out the answer after photographing over a hundred dried tears under a microscope.
One tear of grief that photographer Rose-Lynn Fisher shed during her period of personal loss and change, launched a hundred more tears that completed her study called "Topography of Tears."
Tears of Ending and Beginning (Rose-Lynn Fisher / http://www.craigkrullgallery.com/)
"One day I wondered if my tears of grief would look any different from my tears of happiness - and I set out to explore them up close, using tools of science to make art and to ponder personal and aesthetic questions," Fisher stated in her website
She pondered and realized that “everything we see in our lives is just the tip of the iceberg, visually,” she explained. “So I had this moment where I suddenly thought, ‘I wonder what a tear looks like up close?’”
Tears of Laughing (Rose-Lynn Fisher / http://www.craigkrullgallery.com/)
There are three kind of tears that are classified through their origins. The emotional tears like tears of joy and grief, are called psychic tears. Basal tears have a practical purpose of lubricating the cornea of the eye. Reflex tears are a response to irritants like dusts, tear gas or onion vapors.
All tears contains various substances like oils, antibodies or enzymes. Just like how wet landscapes dry out differently, so does tears.
Onion Tears (Rose-Lynn Fisher / http://www.craigkrullgallery.com/)
“There are so many variables—there’s the chemistry, the viscosity, the setting, the evaporation rate and the settings of the microscope,” Fisher says.
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