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Every tear has a hidden story. They are small droplets of fluid, but at the same time complex vials of human emotion produced by one of the most basic and primal expressions of our feelings and thoughts: crying. In 2015, Maurice Mikkers started on a quest to turn tears into works of art, which resulted in the ‘Imaginarium of Tears’.

Imaginarium of Tears is an ongoing photography project. Mikkers captures the beauty of tears by crystalizing and subsequently photographing them underneath a microscope. The results are stunning works of art that have been featured by Wired.com, …

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8bit conversion of the original tear crystallisation of Wez, processed in ImageJ. D shows the fractal dimension value calculated with FracLac.

Exploring the possibility's of optically determining different types of tears.

Recently I found out that you can calculate the fractal dimension of a image by using the box counting method. This inspired me to do more research in to the technique and current methods available. The idea would be to see if is possible, to use this methode for fractal analysis on crystalline structures produced by tears, photographed trough a microscope. If so, can it possibly help to optically determine the different types of (basal, reflex and emotional) tears?

Tear fluid contains a cocktail of oils, proteins, enzymes and a large quantity of electrolytes suspended in water. These vary regarding your own unique physiology, and type of tears that are produced. Together with the different variables such as the temperature and humidity, the tear evaporation and crystallisation process will be influenced. Resulting in different and unique crystalline structures. When viewed trough a microscope, these tear crystallisations show approximate fractal shapes, that seem to repeat due to their quasi self similarity on different scales throughout the crystallisation. …

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The final build of the Climate Chamber that fits around the microscope.

THE PROCESS & CREATION OF THE DIY MICROSCOPE CLIMATE CHAMBER & CLIMATE CONTROL UNIT.

In order to get better and more consistent results for the project Imaginarium of tears, it’s important to standardise the evaporation and crystallisation process of tear fluids. To do this, I would need to create a climate chamber around the microscope, and a climate control unit to control the temperature and humidity within that climate chamber at preset values.

With the experiments done for the Tear Collection Kit, data tells me that the optimal temperature and humidity of such a climate chamber would be around 12° Celsius and 40% humidity.

Example of the tear evaporation and crystallisation process.

To do this I would need to upgrade the microscope by building my own DIY climate chamber and a climate control unit. …

IMAGINARIUM OF TEARS

Since the beginning of the project Imaginarium of Tears, I always struggled with how to store and preserve tears. Tear fluid seemed to loose its “magic” within a few hours after it had been shed. Resulting in different, less, or no crystal structures at all. Speed was of the essence! As soon as a tear was shed, a drop needed to be placed and dried on a microscope slide. This to make sure the “fresh tear fluid” would dry and create beautiful crystalline structures. Only within that small time frame, tears could be visualised and imaged trough a microscope.

After months of thorough field testing, the day has finally come to proudly present to you the Tear Collection Kit. I want to share with you this huge milestone, celibate and thank you as a supporter of Micrograph Stories & Imaginarium of Tears. Finally I can now answer to the question, that many of you had since the beginning. …

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The final version of the Tear Collection Kit — Now available at https://imaginariumoftears.com/

HOW I MANAGED TO STORE & PRESERVE TEARS

Since the beginning of the project Imaginarium of Tears, I always struggled with how to store and preserve tears. Tear fluid seemed to loose its “magic” within a few hours after it had been shed. Resulting in different, less, or no crystal structures at al. Speed was of the essence! As soon as a tear was shed, a drop needed to be placed and dried on a microscope slide. This to make sure the “fresh tear fluid” would dry and create beautiful crystalline structures. Only within that small time frame, tears could be visualised and imaged trough a microscope.

2015: Shifting my focus from research to publicity.

At the time Imaginarium of tears started in 2015, I tried to do some quick and simple “research”. Trying out several methodes to store and preserve tear fluid. Even tho I was able to crystallise an image these tears, I was not yet ready and knowledgeable enough to challenge the problem of preserving and storing tears. Besides, at that time I did not have the proper equipment and storage materials. …

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135x135mm — 330gr/m2 — Imaginarium of Tears Postcard collection, featuring 10 unique tears and stories.

FEATURING 10 UNIQUE TEARS AND STORIES.

In the past years I have got lots of questions regarding the exclusive art collection of Imaginarium of Tears, therefore I decided to make a postcard collection that features 10 unique tears and stories.

The postcard collection is now available, and by buying one you are supporting the project of Imaginarium of Tears. With the donation you make you are supporting the project and you are helping me to continue the new research / ideas I’m working on.

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The “Imaginarium of Tears” live experience and its exhibition at the REUSE x RISE festival in Dubai Creek Harbour.

IMAGINARIUM OF TEARS EXHIBITION AND LIVE EXPERIENCE

From 6 to 8 April 2017 “Imaginarium of Tears” was part of the REUSE x RISE festival. A three day festival that took place at the Dubai Creek Harbour Promenade.

Themed with “The Future of Living”, the festival was about giving a look into how design is helping too shape tomorrow. This event showcased emerging trends and concepts on the rise from the world of music, retail, technology, product design, and gastronomy. Celebrating the rising stars, start-ups, entrepreneurs and established brands from Dubai and beyond that are helping shape our future and evolving the way we live tomorrow.

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Emotional Tear of Takami Nakamoto

IN MEMORY OF MATHIEU TRUDEL

Life can be very hard and crewel, especially when we loose the people we love most. The tears we shed in these moments, are often the words that our heart can’t speak. Feelings that can’t be expressed are then expressed by our tears, they are the silent language of grief.

Early In the morning of 16 April 2016 I read trough several e-mails while having breakfast, one of the e-mail subject lines “In memory of Mathieu Trudel” caught my eye. It was sent by Takami Nakamoto.

Hi Maurice

Hope you are doing great! I wanted to ask you a question,
are you open to do a music video collaboration? …

MAURIC MIKKERS

Last Update: 3 December 2015

Maurice Mikkers was born in Apeldoorn (The Netherlands) on 3 May 1986. After finishing high school in 2003, it seemed natural for him to abide his caring ways and pursue a career in which he could help people through laboratory research. After his internships at the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) at the Toxicology and later the Parasitology department, he graduated in 2007 and became a licensed Medical Laboratory Analyst.

In 2007 Mikkers started to study Interactive Media Design ( I/M/D) at the Royal Art Academy in The Hague (KABK). He graduated (Bachelor of Design) best in class in 2011, with the product and service called Photodispatch. A service that provides an interactive streamlined workflow for visual storytelling on any (online) medium. With three simple steps, high quality photo’s are live within 60 seconds. …

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TURN YOUR UNIQUE TEAR AND STORY INTO A UNIQUE WORK OF ART.

Are you interested in turning your unique tear and story into a unique work of art? Then this is your unique opportunity, from now on it’s posable to book your private session for Imaginarium of Tears. By doing this you will become part of the Imaginarium of Tears project, and therefore fulfilling the idea of Imaginarium of Tears.

This donating session costs 125 euro, and by doing this you will be supporting the project. Next to that it will give you the unique and exclusive opportunity, to turn your tear and your story in to an unique work of art.

Where: The Hague (The Netherlands)
Price: 125 euro’s
Duration: 1- 2 hours. …

About

Maurice Mikkers

Independent Photography Professional from The Hague (The Netherlands) http://www.mauricemikkers.nl #Micrographs #Science #Tech #Art #Creative #Concepts

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