by Caroleena Khayatte

Tears are a phenomenal thing. Sometimes they rush out without any warning or thought. Other times, they slowly creep up on us, and we use all our willpower to keep them back. 

Tears of ending and beginning © 2013 Rose-Lynn Fisher / click to enlarge

Tears are a beautiful thing. Sometimes they help to release the emotions that many times get tucked away. Other times, they heighten the experience to an unbearable degree.

Tears are a heartbreaking thing. Sometimes they allow the joy and happiness to sink in all around. Other times, they force you to remember or to think ahead. 

The act of crying should not be shamed but embraced in all its capacities. It represents love, happiness, confusion, anger, frustration, sadness, grief, and everything in between. It holds a space when nothing can or needs to be said. 

Photographer Rose-Lynn Fisher was intrigued as to whether tears under an optical microscope would look different depending on the emotion. Her project titled The Topography of Tears studied 100 tears ranging from emotions such as sorrow to resolution, to birth and rebirth.

"Tears are the medium of our most primal language in moments as unrelenting as death, as basic as hunger, and as complex as a rite of passage. They are the evidence of our inner life overflowing its boundaries, spilling over into consciousness. Wordless and spontaneous, they release us to the possibility of realignment, reunion, catharsis: shedding tears, shedding old skin."
— Rose-Lynn Fisher, http://www.rose-lynnfisher.com/tears.html


Caroleena Khayatte joined the Callanish team in early 2015. She has a wealth of knowledge in the nonprofit world and helps with all the nitty-gritty of office administration.