Over the past year or so, the rate of submissions I receive to this site has increased quite drastically, meaning I seem to have an ever increasing list of people to feature. It’s a wonderful problem to have, as I love discovering new photography.
Today, I am pleased to be (finally) sharing the body of work In The Heat, from Arturo Soto. Described as a “subjective depiction of the Panamanian social landscape”, Soto’s work is an examination of Panama; a place where the artist experienced a “bittersweet” year and a half stay. The title references the country’s humid climate, which has shaped its appearance and “forged the character of its inhabitants”, but more importantly alludes to the state of tension felt during this stay.
“The series interrogates how personal experience influences the ways one negotiates, and ultimately represents, the landscape. As a consequence, the colourful Panama found in travel brochures is purposefully absent. The pictures, however, are not mere illustrations of my emotions.
What interests me is the relationship between landscape and state of mind; the understanding of pictures as a reflection of experience, but also as placeholders for pain, halfway between Szarkowski’s allegorical definition of the mirror and the window.
The open-ended narrative does not make an effort to hide my prejudices and desires. For me, this type of apocryphal evidence found in everyday life reflects the human condition obliquely, and encourages sociopolitical as well as biographical readings.”
To see more of Soto’s work, head to his website here.