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Tears captured in beautiful microscopic images reveals their unique nature

A Dutch artist created the amazing images in a bid to see if different triggers -such as eating a chilli or chopping onions- created different looking tears.
‘I decided to start an evening of experimenting with my close friends,’ wrote Maurice Mikkers, the photographer. 'I asked them to cut onions, eat hot peppers, look in to a fan or cry because of sadness or happiness. To see if there was a resemblance or difference in the structure of forming tears, I took images of every tear drop under the microscope.’
Scientifically tears are divided into three different types based on their origin. Tears contain oils, antibodies and enzymes and fall into three categories: basal, which are released continuously to keep the eyes lubricated ; reflex, which occur in response to irritants such as when chopping onions or when getting poked in the eye ; and psychic, triggered by emotions. Scientists have identified that different types of tears are made up of distinct molecules. For example those caused by emotions contain hormones which act as a painkiller and are released when we are stressed.
'We are all familiar with these ways of crying, but how do they look microscopically? Is there any difference? Science says that every tear has a different viscosity and composition,’ said Mikkers. 'Nevertheless they are beautiful to look at.’


Patti Smith and Robert Mapplethorpe photographed by Norman Seeff, 1969.   

“We wanted, it seemed, what we already had, a lover and a friend to create with, side by side. To be loyal, yet be free.”- Patti Smith

In her memoir Just Kids, Patti Smith details her intense relationship with Robert Mapplethorpe in which they struggle to become artists in New York City. They lived together at the Hotel Chelsea – home to numerous writers, musicians, actors and artists. Patti supported Robert by working in bookstores, he soon flourished as a photographer and encouraged her to pursue visual art. As a writer, Patti eventually turned her poems into songwriting. For the cover of her debut album, Horses (1975), Patti used a portrait Robert took. Once Robert came out as a gay man their intimate relationship ended but they remained friends until his death from HIV/AIDS in 1989.


Sharing this story has been in my mind for five years that I’ve had alopecia. Alopecia is an autoimmunity disease that causes hair loss to a different extent. I have alopecia areata, which symptoms include bald patches on scalp, eyebrows and lashes in my case. For many years I felt alone with alopecia because I was too ashamed of my condition to reach out. At times I was just tired of thinking and talking about alopecia that I ended up hiding it for years even from my closest friends. Many with autoimmunity struggle in hiding like I did but lately I’ve seen people with alopecia sharing their stories on social media. I’ve even gotten to know about others suffering with alopecia in my life. It took me five years to get to this point where I’d rather share my experience than hide it as I realized how important it was for me to see and know others who had alopecia.

I also wanted to share this now since my hair is falling out again and I’m going to start using wigs soon. So much great things have happened already this year and more are bound to happen and I don’t want to spend more time being afraid and ashamed. So from now I’m going to do what I’ve been wanting to do for five years: be more open and keep sharing my experience with living with alopecia💛


I loved climbing as a kid and I still love it. It’s like the perfect training for consciousness, mindfulness and concentration: You have to be careful and watch your steps. You have to look what’s the best way for you to go (and with that I mean the best way for YOU to go, because you focus on yourself and what you’re doing; it’s not about any other person but you).
Especially when you climb barefoot the feeling where to place your feet and with that your intuition becomes stronger, so there’s another plus here because you learn to trust yourself. Additionally your connection to nature becomes stronger and more purely. And of course it is fun. It’s sooo much fun.

Sometimes in the trees I stop for a moment to just feel what’s there at this moment. I close my eyes and I feel the wind in my hair, the sun on my skin, I hear the birds next to me, the little stream below me and I just enjoy being here in this moment in this place ✨🌿

Don’t think that only sitting with the eyes closed is practice. If you do think this way, then quickly change your thinking. Steady practice is keeping mindful in every posture, whether sitting, walking, standing or lying down. When coming out of sitting, don’t think that you’re coming out of meditation, but that you are only changing postures. If you reflect in this way, you will have peace. Wherever you are, you will have this attitude of practice with you constantly. You will have a steady awareness within yourself.

Ajahn Chah.

Photo by Yotpisai Namutawong.


Keith Haring photographed by Jeannette Montgomery Barron, 1985.

“This was taken in Keith’s studio on lower Broadway. Every single inch of his walls was covered with drawings. I really didn’t have to do anything - Keith just went through his poses while I snapped the shutter. ”