Paul Cupido in #47 Mizu:

“On the island where I grew up the sea is always near, a stone’s throw from home. Water all around. During my childhood many people made a living from the things that washed ashore. The protagonist in a famous Dutch story is a beachcomber from the island of Terschelling. Life there is still inspired by the rhythm of the tides and the phases of the moon. The sea is drifting and grinding, crystallising time. The water flows toward balance and harmony. Sand castles dissolve, wreckage hits the shores. A wave makes a mark in the sand or in the stone, and is gone, but the mark stays there even though it’s washed over by the next wave. A microscopic ripple engraved in time.” - Paul Cupido, June 2021


The photographic work of Paul Cupido (b. 1972, Terschelling, the Netherlands) revolves around the principle of mu: a philosophical concept that could be translated as 'does not have', but is equally open to countless interpretations. Mu can be considered a void, albeit one that holds potential.
Cupido's ongoing photographic and cinematic experiment 'Searching for Mu' is at once a personal and universal odyssey of our fleeting existence in relation to the profound emotional experiences of love, time, and death. Instead of presuming to be documents, his photographs point to transcendent reflections of the soul and of the intermingling of the microscopic and macroscopic.
Cupido graduated cum laude from the Fotoacademie, Amsterdam in 2017, after which he had artist in residencies in Northern Ireland, Brazil and Spain. Already 5 books with his works have been published: 'Suave' (2016), 'Searching for Mu' (2017), 'Ephémère' (2019), 'Amazônia' (2019) and 'Continuum' (2019). Cupido's works have been exhibited widely in Europe and the US. His works can be found in the collections of Foam First Editions (NL), International Center of Photography, New York City (US), Danziger Collection (US) and Van Lanschot Art collection (NL).