Tiny Histories.

I love the idea behind photographer Rose-Lynn Fisher's Topography of Tears, a series of images of 100 magnified teardrops. Fisher, who refers to each tear as "a tiny history," wondered whether drops shed under different circumstances (grief, laughter, onion-cutting) looked different from one another. Turns out, they do. The photos are fascinating, but what I love most are her beautiful words:

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…It's as though each one of our tears carries a microcosm of the collective human experience, like one drop of an ocean.

(From top to bottom: laughter, grief, onions, yawning from exhaustion.) 

Visit Rose-Lynn Fisher's website, here. Thanks, Smithsonian Magazine.

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