“The tracks of my tears”*…
In the service of a collection of micrographs he calls “Imaginarium Of Tears,” Dutch photographer Maurice Mikkers has taken pictures, like the one above, of more than a hundred tears. Friends, family, and complete strangers have donated their tears at dinner parties and exhibitions, like at TEDx in Amsterdam, where Mikkers was invited to set up a temporary tear collecting booth.
In the beginning of 2015 I started the project called “Imaginarium of Tears”, an ongoing photography tear collection with personal stories at its heart… The project evolved, and a lot has happend since.
It all started at the 10th of januari 2015, when I was working on the crystallisation of Diclofenac. When walking back from the kitchen to my desk with the crystalised Diclofenac slide. I bumped my toe really hard against the table. So while in pain, there was was only one thing on my mind: capturing the tear rolling down my cheek with a micro pipet. Right after it was captured, I dispensed the tear it into little drops on a microscope slide. Hoping it would maybe also crystallise just like my other subjects and show its true beauty…
* Smokey Robinson (seen here performing the tune with The Miracles)
As we dry our eyes, we might recall that it was on this date in 1831, that Edward Smith knocked over the National City Bank of New York (an ancestor of Citibank), and made off with $245,000– thus becoming America’s first bank robber. He was quickly apprehended and sentenced to five years in Sing Sing (which was only five years old when Smith arrived as an inmate).
While Smith has claim to being America’s first “bank robber” as we tend to use the term, his stick-up was not the first theft from an American bank. That honor seems to belong to the 1798 burglary of the the Bank of Pennsylvania at Carpenters’ Hall in Philadelphia.