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A Topography of Tears

Specially chosen by the AnOther team to make your Monday a little easier

Tears of laughing till I'm crying
Tears of laughing till I'm crying © Rose-Lynn Fisher, Courtesy of the artist & Craig Krull gallery

This Happy Monday, AnOther presents a remarkable series of different sorts of tears viewed under a microscope, by photographer Rose-Lynn Fisher

Humans cry for hundreds of different reasons. Sometimes vastly different – laughter, sadness, frustration, or simply because you're cutting up a particularly potent onion. Others, more nuanced – tears of remembrance and tears of grief, for instance. One day, during a time of change and personal loss, fine art photographer Rose-Lynn Fisher pondered whether her tears of sadness would look different to her tears of joy when viewed under a microscope and set about on an experiment which would last many years – documenting the up-close appearance of 100 types of tears. She completed the project last year, the result being a vast catalogue of tears (her own and those of others), each with their own history and tale. Titled The Topography of Tears, the works look mysteriously similar to aerial views of the earth and indeed the artist notes that the series is like an "ephemeral atlas," documenting a variety of "emotional terrains". We thought they were beautiful in appearance and sentiment and wanted to share them with you to help get your week off to a happy start.

Happy Monday! #anotherhappymonday

Tears of change
Tears of change © Rose-Lynn Fisher, Courtesy of the artist & Craig Krull gallery
Tears of grief
Tears of grief © Rose-Lynn Fisher, Courtesy of the artist & Craig Krull gallery
Onion tears
Onion tears © Rose-Lynn Fisher, Courtesy of the artist & Craig Krull gallery
Tears of a timeless reunion
Tears of a timeless reunion © Rose-Lynn Fisher, Courtesy of the artist & Craig Krull gallery
Tears of ending and beginning
Tears of ending and beginning © Rose-Lynn Fisher, Courtesy of the artist & Craig Krull gallery
Tears of possibility and hope
Tears of possibility and hope © Rose-Lynn Fisher, Courtesy of the artist & Craig Krull gallery
Yawning tears
Yawning tears © Rose-Lynn Fisher, Courtesy of the artist & Craig Krull gallery
The last tear I ever cry for you
The last tear I ever cry for you © Rose-Lynn Fisher, Courtesy of the artist & Craig Krull gallery
Tears of elation at a liminal moment
Tears of elation at a liminal moment © Rose-Lynn Fisher, Courtesy of the artist & Craig Krull gallery

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