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Amazing Images of Human Tears Under the Microscope

…”One day I wondered if my tears of grief would look any different from my tears of happiness”

Rose-Lynn Fisher’s amazing study titled ‘The Topography of Tears’ examines what our tears look like under the microscope.

With over 100 tears examined Rose-Lynn says “The project began in a period of personal change, loss, and copious tears. 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.”

Amazing Images of Human Tears Under the Microscope by Rose-Lynn Fisher - Girly Design Blog
Laughing Tears © Rose-Lynn Fisher

Over the years the project studied a wide range of her own tears and those of others from happiness, laughing, sadness, yawning, birth, rejection, and even onions.

Amazing Images of Human Tears Under the Microscope by Rose-Lynn Fisher - Girly Design Blog
Tears of Grief © Rose-Lynn Fisher
Amazing Images of Human Tears Under the Microscope by Rose-Lynn Fisher - Girly Design Blog
Basal Tears © Rose-Lynn Fisher

Rose-Lynn says “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 is like an ephemeral atlas.”

Amazing Images of Human Tears Under the Microscope by Rose-Lynn Fisher - Girly Design Blog
Onion Tears © Rose-Lynn Fisher
Amazing Images of Human Tears Under the Microscope by Rose-Lynn Fisher - Girly Design Blog
Timeless Reunion © 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.”

Amazing Images of Human Tears Under the Microscope by Rose-Lynn Fisher - Girly Design Blog
Tears of Ending and Beginning © Rose-Lynn Fisher

“I’m pleased if my artwork has something to add to a larger conversation, and if public interest helps motivate scientific inquiry that ultimately leads to deeper insight about the language and content of our tears.”

Amazing Images of Human Tears Under the Microscope by Rose-Lynn Fisher - Girly Design Blog
Tears of Change © Rose-Lynn Fisher

Written by Jay

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