The Topography of Tears

“It is such a secret place, the land of tears.”

– Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

The geologic complexity of that secret place is what photographer Rose-Lynn Fisher explores in The Topography of Tears — a striking series of duotone photographs of tears shed for a kaleidoscope of reasons, dried on glass slides and captured in a hundredfold magnification through a high-resolution optical microscope. What emerges is an enthralling aerial tour of the landscape of human emotion and its the most stirring eruptions — joy, grief, gladness, remorse, hope — reminding us that the terra incognita of our interiority is better trekked with an explorer’s benevolent curiosity about the varied beauty of the landscape than with a conquistador’s forceful intent to control and sublimate.

Tears after goodbye

Tears of change

Tears of Grief

Tears of possibility / hope

Tears of remorse

Overwhelmed tears

Tears of Redemption

Tears of Compassion

Onion tears

Tears for what couldn’t be fixed


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