There is a scientific consensus about the types of tears that exist: basal tears (those that are continuously segregating to lubricate the eye), reflex tears (secreted when strange particles are detected in the eyes), or psychic tears, due to intense emotional states. (sadness, happiness, anger …)

These three categories may seem simple, but they are not so if we detach ourselves from the scientific perspective and stick to the aesthetic point of view.

Photographer Rose-Lynn Fisher wondered what the different types of tear would look like, looking at their origin, under a microscope. The result is called  The Topography of Tears.

Basal Tears:

We can see that the basal tears draw an asymmetric body.

Basal Tears

Tears Of Peeling Onions:

The tears of peeling onions have some similarities with the leaves of trees. They create a very homogeneous design.

Peeling Onions

Tears Due To Laughter:

Shedding tears that we expel when we laugh is a bit crazy.

Tears Due To Laughter

Tears Of Grief Or Mourning:

Shedding tears are, in this case, somewhat disconcerting.

Tears Of Grief Or Mourning

The difference in the shapes that can be seen in tears through the microscope is due in part to the emotional state of the person who has segregated them. Depending on the state of the neuroendocrine system, different hormones and neurotransmitters will be secreted, the quantity and type of which will depend on the molecular composition of the tears before going outside.

On the other hand, the circumstances in which the tears have dried to become microscopic samples (crystallized salt) also affects the shape of these structures.

Tears From Start To Finish:

Tears From Start To Finish

Tears Of Liberation:

Tears Of Liberation

Tears Of The Emotional Reunion:

Tears Of The Emotional Reunion

Tears Of Change:

Tears Of Change



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