l a y e r s   o f   p e r c e p t i o n

This series is a tribute to my favorite author Joseph Campbell and his masks of god, reflecting on the veils of perception. Literally using a mask, I try to uncover the secrets behind all stardust. Or at least to evoke sublime beauty.

Plants serve as object of contemplation, as portals to eternity, as surface for reflection like in Indra’s net.

Inspired by Japanese aesthetics and the grain structure of historical photo technics I use vellum to observe the disassociativ behaviour of petals and leaves: Impressive shadows and haptic details complement each other simultanously within the composition, shape and silhoutte, details and blur, density and depth…

The translucency of the vellum provides various options of perception: It might act as a window to look through or as a canvas itself, a screen for projections like the walls in Platon’s Cave Allegory.

The titles are taken from asteroids’ names: they are literally stardust with view of earthrise, each one of them has a different perspective in terms of time and space, they all rotate around and are illuminated by the sun – just like us.


I am so happy this series already has been selected for:

the 18th POLLUX Awards 2022 – Honorable Mentions

the HUMANA OBSCURA MAGAZINE issue #05 with my images MITAKA and JILIN.


An exhibition in Barcelona 2022 October!

I am over the moon, my Layers of Perception will be part of the BARCELONA FOTO BIENNALE presenting the Pollux Awards and the Julia Margaret Cameron Awards at FOTO NOSTRUM GALLERY from October 13 – October 30, 2022.


You may want to discover more images of this series on my instagram @_ma_vida.