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, …
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…
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.
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.
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.
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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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.
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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.
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.