GRACIE HAGEN : SECRETOMOTOR PHENOMENON

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Cry·ing  /ˈkrī-iNG/ – the act is defined as a complex secretomotor phenomenon characterized by the shedding of tears from the lacrimal apparatus, without any irritation of the ocular structures.

Chicago based Photographer Gracie Hagen is uses her lens to explore the vulnerable side of human emotions in this compelling and intrusive photo series Secretomotor Phenomenon.

“In an age where nudity is less vulnerable than genuine emotions, I wanted to explore an aspect of peoples lives that are hidden. These are the faces of the intentionally vulnerable. They’re showing you a part of themselves that is usually saved for their loved ones or even sometimes, just themselves. You don’t know why they are crying, but you know that this is a rare look into a stranger’s most personal moments. Things that were private, now made public.”

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