Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Trail of tears

During a period of her life in which she was shedding copious tears, American photographer Rose-Lynn Fisher arrived at the idea of capturing the Topography of Tears in magnificent detail, using a microscope to capture the dried tears of her own and volunteers at 3000 times their size. These include psychic tears, that are triggered by emotions such as grief and joy; basal tears (IMAGE ABOVE), that are released continually to lubricate the corneas; and reflex tears that are secreted in response to an irritant like dust, onion vapors, or tear gas. The artist, who is represented by the Craig Krull Gallery in Santa Monica, California, U.S., states, It was really interesting. It looked like an aerial view, almost as if I was looking down at a landscape from a plane....It’s amazing to me how the patterns of nature seem so similar, regardless of scale. You can look at patterns of erosion that are etched into earth over thousands of years, and somehow they look very similar to the branched crystalline patterns of a dried tear that took less than a moment to form.” Mandelbrot's point exactly.

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