R O S E - L Y N N   F I S H E R    
     
  The Topography of Tears

The Topography of Tears is a visual investigation of tears photographed through a digital microscopy camera mounted on a vintage optical microscope. I started this project in 2008 during a pivotal period of my life, amid copious tears. There was a moment when I wondered if tears of joy would look any different than tears of grief. So I saved some tears on a glass slide and set out to explore them up close; I worked on this study for more than eight years.

The microscope gave me the means to examine my tears and beyond that, to visually evoke the unseen realm of my own and others’ emotions.

The resulting series of hundreds of photomicrographs comprises my own and others’ tears, from elation to onions, as well as sorrow, frustration, rejection, resolution, laughing, yawning, birth and rebirth, and more.

Many variables influence the diversity among these images: whether the tear was air-dried or compressed, the volume of tear fluid, chemical/biological variations, microscope and camera settings, and how I process and print the photograph. Other variables remain unknown; there is limited scientific data available on the visual and chemical differences within emotional tears.

The random compositions I find in magnified tears often evoke a sense of place, like aerial views of emotional terrain. Although the empirical nature of tears is a composition of water, proteins, minerals, hormones, antibodies and enzymes, the topography of tears is a momentary landscape, transient as the fingerprint of someone in a dream. This series is like an ephemeral atlas.

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. Wordless and spontaneous, they release us to the possibility of realignment, reunion, catharsis, intractable resistance short-circuited. Shedding tears, shedding old skin. It’s as though each one of our tears carries a microcosm of the collective human experience, like one drop of an ocean.

© Rose-Lynn Fisher
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contact:
RoseLynnFisher8@gmail.com

Publisher:
Bellevue Literary Press


Gallery:
Craig Krull Gallery
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Links to Selected Press
Online, Print & Blogs:

BELLEVUE LITERARY PRESS

DARQUER Dentelle de Calais

NPR

Brain Pickings

The New Yorker

Smithsonian Magazine

Harper's Magazine

Boston Globe

Paris Match (France)

CBC Arts

B+W Photography (UK)

L.A.Weekly

Feature Shoot

Lenscratch

Wired

Amateur Photographer (UK)

Elizabeth Avedon Journal

GUP Magazine (NL)

Broadly

PRI / Studio 360

TiP - Balmond Studio (UK)

New Histories (UK)

The Guardian (UK)

The Paris Review

Madame Le Figaro (France)

Polka Magazine (France)

Art Critique (France)

Observatoire de L'Art Contemporain (France)

Revue Feuilleton (France)

Zeit Wissen Magazine (Germany)

Die Welt (Germany)

Psychologie Heute (Germany)

Y-Mag (Germany)

De Gids (Netherlands)

Esquire Russia

Yorokobu (Spain) 2

Yorokobu (Spain) 1

Lenscratch

British Cinematographer (UK)

In Vivo Magazine (Switzerland)

Galileo (Italy)

Design Observer

The Good Men Project

Juxtapoz

The Telegraph (UK)

Medical Daily

Happinez (NL)

Southwest the Magazine

Angelus

Big Think

The Swaddle (India)

Delo (Slovenia)

El Mundo (Spain)

Balthazare Magazine (France)

De Redactie (Belgium)

YLE News (Finland)

Garbo (Romania)

O Globo (Brazil)

Lettera43 (Italy)

Caffeinamagazine (Italy)

Spaghetti Mag. (Italy)

Dazed

Popular Science blog

The Daily Meal

Times of Malta

Lost at E Minor

PetaPixel

Refinery29

io9

PBS Nova Next Week

MSNBC Maddow blog/WeekGeek

BBC Taster (online)

Lifo (Greece)

Artinfinit (Moldova)

ABC (Spain)

La Nacion (Argentina)

Metro News Puerto Rico

Kindred Subjects

John Culbert - Geometry of tears

La/crime/ndays, a book of poetry by Giovanna Iorio

 

 
 

THE TOPOGRAPHY OF TEARS


THE BOOK: TOPOGRAPHY OF TEARS
Bellevue Literary Press
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What it meant long after a time forgotten © 2013 Rose-Lynn Fisher


The irrefutable © 2013 Rose-Lynn Fisher


Ending and beginning © 2013 Rose-Lynn Fisher


After the sun came the tears © 2016 Rose-Lynn Fisher


In commemoration: Charlotte Salomon © 2015 Rose-Lynn Fisher


Timeless reunion (in an expanding field) © 2013 Rose-Lynn Fisher


Overwhelm © 2015 Rose-Lynn Fisher


Tears for those who yearn for liberation © 2013 Rose-Lynn Fisher


Redemption © 2015 Rose-Lynn Fisher


Compassion © 2016 Rose-Lynn Fisher


Momentum redirected © 2013 Rose-Lynn Fisher


Tears of elation at a liminal moment © 2013 Rose-Lynn Fisher


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Many thanks and best wishes from Rose-Lynn!