Dutch photographer Maurice Mikkers’ latest project “Imaginarium of Tears” shows that tears, much like snowflakes are all different. His series explores the magnificence of tears on both an aesthetic and molecular level. By placing tears under a microscope, he provides us with a close examination of crystallized tears in such a way that allows you to observe the different sections and patterns present within each tear. Mikkers’ series is based in his interest in tears from a scientific perspective and the way they are each composed of different elements and each have their own chemical structure.
His fascination for the individuality of tears I all the more interesting given the way in which he has chosen the tears to use for his project. Mikkers selected a group of his friends and asked them “what they would like to cry from”. He then gave them a selection of tear inducing activities such as cutting onions, looking into a fan, or eating hot peppers. He says he was highly interested in examining the ways in which each individual tear looks different when examined closely.
The process itself includes capturing the tears with a micropipette, placing them on a microscopic slide, and then letting them settle. The result of his project is a series of tears that are so meticulously different in all their details and, on a larger scale, a merging of science and art.