Rose-Lynn Fisher’s Microscopic Landscapes Made Out Of Tears

Onion tears

Onion tears

Basal tears

Basal tears

Tears of change

Tears of change

Rose-Lynn Fisherwhose anatomical bee photographs we have previously featured - has recently completed a series of images she calls “The Topography of Tears” that represent a study of 100 types of tears photographed through a microscope. During a difficult time that yielded a copious amount of tears, Fisher began to wonder if her grief tears looked the same as onion tears when viewed under a microscope. Using her own and others’ tears, Fisher was able to create a varied landscape of tear structures, demonstrating the diversity to be found within tear types. Fisher’s images almost resemble aerial views, these tear structures fractally resonating with larger scale structures found in the world.

Fisher says, “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. It’s as though each one of our tears carries a microcosm of the collective human experience, like one drop of an ocean.” (via smithsonian mag)

Tears for those who yearn for liberation

Tears for those who yearn for liberation

Tears of elation at a liminal moment

Tears of elation at a liminal moment

Tears of possibility and hope

Tears of possibility and hope

Tears of laughter till I'm crying

Tears of laughter till I’m crying

Tears of release

Tears of release

Tears of timeless reunion

Tears of timeless reunion

Yawning-from-exhaustion tears

Yawning-from-exhaustion tears

Tears of grief

Tears of grief

Tears of ending and beginning

Tears of ending and beginning

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