Mariah Peixoto uses film soup as a means to break our expectations about photography

Mariah Peixoto is a 23 years old photographer and student/researcher from São Paulo, Brazil.  Her photos are colorful and surreal and make the viewer feel a sense of joy when looking at them.  Following is her biography.

"I started taking photos in 2016 with my DSLR and, at the same year, I got a film camera from my dad, the same camera he used to take pictures of me when I was a baby! I bought some film and, to be honest, I was pretty disappointed with my results. At that time, I didn't want the camera to do the same things that my DSLR did - and with lower quality (my scans were pretty bad...) - so I started searching for things that I couldn't do with my digital stuff. After much research I found out about alternative processes through the internet and I was amazed by the idea of making film soups and double exposures, so I started doing those things as soon as I could! My first film experiment, a film soup, was made in November, 2016. Since then, I became in love with film photography and with the surreal effects that I could get from it!"

See more of Mariah's work on instagram at @mariahpeixoto and at her website at

1.  You use a lot of ingredients in your film soups.  Do you have an idea how the film will turn out when you mix these ingredients or is it a surprise?

Surprises are fun, but, to be honest, I am a little afraid of completely destroying my images, so normally I do some research before choosing my ingredients and deciding how much time my films will soak for. I look it up on the internet (Tumblr, Youtube, blogs about photography, Instagram…) and read some recipes so I can choose which one is a better fit to my ideas. Of course my results never look exactly like what I saw on the internet (and I usually adapt the recipes a bit), but I truly think it is awesome to have sites where you can read about alternative processes, it helps a lot!

2.  Your photos are full of color, much like your native country of Brazil.  Do you think your homeland influences your work?

Well, I live in São Paulo, Brazil’s biggest city, and, unfortunately, things aren’t as colourful around here as they are at some other places in my country… However, I think photographers are somehow influenced by the ambient where they are shooting.  For example, I can see a huuuge color difference between pictures I shot when I was near the Brazilian nature and other ones I did while in a big city, away from the green areas.  When I am near nature, as I was when I shot all the pictures that that you can see here, my work tends to be more colorful, and I usually prefer to do my film soups with pictures I shot at the beach, near forests, gardens and at places where the colors will be even more emphasized, creating something exaggerated. Also, I can say that the sun helps a lot!