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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. …

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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.

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.

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. …


Maurice Mikkers

Independent Photography Professional from The Hague (The Netherlands) #Micrographs #Science #Tech #Art #Creative #Concepts

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