Powerful portraits of people crying expose the vulnerable side of our emotions

Known for her somewhat controversial series Illusions of the Body, Gracie Hagen’s most recent photography again exposes the vulnerability of people. Instead of focussing on the body, this time she assesses the emotions in Secretomotor Phenomenon.

Her work follows of pattern, stripping back the otherwise hidden, whether that be skin, emotions or religion. The latest photographs give a glimpse inside the private moments of people’s lives, showing people at their most vulnerable, but holding back the reason for their tears.

Every face is powerful, with its own story to tell, possessing such a strong genuine emotion that is often hard to photograph. Hagen aims to show how, in a world where nudity is becoming less censored, crying is still a hidden act by men and women. The photographer’s full portfolio can be viewed on her website.