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OCEAN IN A MICROSCOPE

I’ve been looking at microscopic views of tears and ocean drops, bees, and my own body - each investigation an homage to the myriad interconnections in nature, in all of life.

I often imagine our tears connecting us to each other at the core of our humanity, as if each tear carries a microcosm of the collective human experience, like one drop of an ocean.

So, setting out to explore the ocean itself seemed only natural as I began to look at drops of the Pacific through my microscope - however, the topography of ocean drops proved to be quite different from the topography of tears, when I wandered around the dimensional forms of ocean salt crystals at various magnifications.

At magnifications of 100x, 250x, or 400x, a microscopic salt crystal can evoke an ambiguous sense of scale: a pyramid that would be massive in a different environment. 

What appears to have heft and edge easily loses its boundaries when the range of focus no longer applies. 

The seen and unseen become interchangeable by the slightest turn of the focal knob, revealing a realm of detail that was imperceptible just a moment before. Or the opposite, as texture and physicality melt away into a blur of nothing. 

Such perceptual contradictions often seem fitting to me in a time when certainty is just one possibility.

 

© Rose-Lynn Fisher 2020-24

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

OCEAN IN A MICROSCOPE

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