Examining Tears Under A Microscope Uncovers A Shocking Truth
Geege Schuman stashed this in The Feels
In her series Topography of Tears, Rose-Lynn Fisher examines tears underneath a microscope. The project began from her personal life experience. She was coping from a period of loss and life change. During this time, she wondered if her tears of happiness were any different than her tears of sadness.
Aerial views of emotional terrain weds art and science:
It turns out all that the tears are indeed very different. The chemical composition of tears differ depending on our moods. More emotional tears contain neurotransmitter leucine enkephalin, a natural protein-based pain killer that is designed to reduce stress.
They almost tell a story within themselves of what we are feeling:
Tears of laughing till I'm crying
Tears of change
Tears of grief
Tears of timeless reunion
Tears of ending and beginning
Tears of momentum, redirected
Tears of release
Tears of possibility and hope
Tears of elation at a liminal moment
Tears of remembrance