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Maurice Mikkers, born in Apeldoorn, The Netherlands in 1986, pursued a career in laboratory research. After internships at the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) departments of Toxicology and Parasitology, he graduated in 2007 and became a licensed Medical Laboratory Analyst.
In 2007 Mikkers started to study Interactive Media Design at the Royal Art Academy in The Hague, graduating best in class with a Bachelor of Arts in 2011. The product and service he developed at that time was called Photodispatch. A service that provides an interactive streamlined workflow for visual storytelling on any (online) medium. With three simple steps, high-quality photos are live within 60 seconds. A Social Media Asset Manager connecting photographers, clients and consumers.
Mikkers is working as a professional photographer and built a portfolio specialized in unique : portraits, advertising, architecture, reportage, events, conference & festival photography.
Besides his commercial work, he began working on Micrograph Stories, a project that aims to create awareness of daily consumed products by enlarging them under a microscope. This project also led to the creation of the project Imaginarium of Tears.
Imaginarium of Tears
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. Mikkers captures the beauty of tears by crystalizing and subsequently photographing them underneath a microscope. The results are stunning works of art that have been featured by Wired.com, Business Insider, National Geographic, Gizmodo, Al Jazeera and many more.
These micrographs of crystallized tears function as story starters. Mikkers : “Since every tear has a hidden story, the ultimate goal is to create more awareness around the stories and challenges faced in life that caused these tears, therefore hopefully bringing people closer together.” Mikkers believes we should embrace our tears. “They are one of the true expressions of yourself and your connection to the world.”