20 September 2021

Scaling Down What Lays Beyond our Senses

20 September 2021 - Written by PhMuseum

German photographer Felix Schöppner translates complex scientific systems into simplified visual models to make perceivable - within a controlled studio environment - what the enhancements of technology have reached beyond our biological thresholds.

In what way does human sensory perception take place in a high-tech world for connections outside of what is apparently possible?

Perception is first of all the recognition of an object or state in our immediate environment with the help of our 5 senses. With the help of technical devices, we can exceed the limits that are set biologically for us and expand them many times. The perception of such, invisible subjects and states therefore often first takes place in an abstract way with values that are assigned to certain parameters and can be visualized based on this. The clear way of representing values is in a graphic, drawing or a scaled model. Since size relationships play a decisive role here, in some cases you are forced to not display the relationships of objects proportionally to one another in order to be able to ensure that they are clearly recognizable. The series “Cognition” deals with this topic by using terms from the fields of physics and astronomy and presenting them in simplified models.

Words and Pictures by Felix Schöppner.


Felix Schoeppner is a German Photographer, born in the ’90s and raised in south Hesse. In 2010 he started studying Communication Design at the University of Applied Science Darmstadt with a focus on photography. He graduated in 2021 with a mixed media project about nature and human perception, which is still ongoing. Find him on PHmuseum and Instagram.


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