A series of microscopic photos of dried, human tears.
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All Photographs by Rose-Lynn Fisher/Craig Krull Gallery.
Tears of Change
Tears of Elation
Tears of Liberation
Tears of Laughter
Tears of Ending and Beginning
Tears of Hope
Tears of Release
Microscopic vistas found in the study of 100 tears as viewed through a microscope have proved to be a haunting reminder of the human struggle. During a period of personal challenge and change, the project began. Years later, looking back upon the pictures, a composition of sorrow, laughter, rejection, resolution, and rebirth can be found.
Magnified tears contain structure evocative of landscape or terrain. While tears are composed of water, minerals, antibodies, and proteins…this series shows the passing landscapes, a moment in time, the touch of a dream’s breath.
The similarity between large scale and small scale in nature is truly astounding. Crystalline structures, erosion, and fractals can be seen both on the Earth and in our tears. Every tear holds a unique signature, no matter the origin. Micro and macro – nature reaches past the boundaries of size.
Tears speak a primal language to our souls. As we shed tears, we also shed that which binds us to the moment, we allow our inner self to spill into the physical realm. As spontaneous as tears are, they seem to carry the entirety of our soul inside of each tiny droplet.
The body responds to different sorts of emotions with tears. It can be difficult to tell which moment will cause us to come to tears. Laughter can trigger more crying than a sudden and significant loss. Those that never cry during stressful or sorrowful times may break down into tears years after an event.
A simple word, scent, or view can change the heart and bring forth tears that one never knew they were holding back. Sometimes a person may be unable to physically shed tears. The impact on emotion from being unable to cry with tears can be very strong. Tears wash the soul and help remove the debris of time and hurt.
The inability to cry may stem from a medical reason. Dry eyes can be remedied, but what about the lack of actual tears? It can be difficult to find a reason or even to understand why the missing emotional tears are so important. A doctor can help…though if the absence is not physical, much soul-searching may need to be done. Self-exploration may find the root of the tearlessness.
Every tear is a history in itself. Holding the whole of the human experience in each, tears can remove actual debris from the eye, cleanse the heart, or bring people together in a moment of laughter.