Boy, Why Are You Crying?
Leonardo da Vinci once said, “Tears come from the heart and not from the brain,” but artist Rose-Lynn Fisher might not agree.
She spent the past few years approaching tears from an artistic and scientific approach to learn if our tears from different occasions and emotions could be distinguished. By photographing tears from different stimuli at a microscopic level, she discovered something incredible about this most basic of human reactions.
In her study, Rose-Lynn writes, “The topography of tears is a momentary landscape, transient as the fingerprint of someone in a dream. This series is like an ephemeral atlas.”
Start the slideshow below to see how much our tears give away about our emotions without us even knowing, and then SHARE if this truly blows your mind.
Tears of Ending and Beginning
“The Topography of Tears is a study of 100 tears photographed through an optical microscope. The project began in a period of personal change, loss, and copious tears.”
Tears of Possibility and Hope
“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.”