75: Arturo Soto

Editor’s note: This week we are continuing to add images to the gallery from photographers discovered while at FotoFest in Houston last week.

Arturo Soto
Untitled, Queens, NY, from the series "Blind Views"

Series Statement: I am interested in how public spaces influence our quotidian experience.

The images in "Blind Views" depict urban landscapes from Mexico City, New York, El Paso and Panama. Their aim is to show the rich amalgamation of cultural signs that make up the visual infrastructure of the street. I am particularly drawn towards spaces that, because of their apparent neutrality, offer numerous possibilities of interpretation.

The work was inspired by Baudelaire’s essay The Painter of Modern Life, which proposes to distill from the present the "mysterious element of beauty that it may contain, however slight or minimal that element may be."