Fisher's Tear Project Shows the Cathartic Side of Photography

 - Nov 24, 2013
References: rose-lynnfisher & neatorama
As part of photographer Rose-Lynn Fisher's newest project called 'The Topography of Tears,' she collected an assortment of dried up human tears; some her own, some others, ranging from different emotional states like sadness, rejection, frustration, grief, joy, laughter and irritation, photographed with a standard light microscope in extreme detail. The idea behind the project was the fact that she wanted to know if there was an actual physical difference between varying emotional states and she even goes as far as collecting tears after cutting an onion, or belonging to a newborn.

In an interview with Joseph Stromberg of The Smithsonian's Collage of Arts and Sciences blog, Fisher says, "I started the project about five years ago, during a period of copious tear, amid lots of change and loss -- so I had a surplus of raw material."

Ranging from tears of ending and beginning, onion tears, tears of change, tears of timeless reunion, tears of grief, basal tears and laughing tears, the results are mind-blowing.