Pablo Lopez Luz

b. 1979 in Mexico
Lives and works in Mexico

Pablo Lopez Luz’s bird’s-eye photographs show Mexico’s urban landscape, views of cities that spread in every direction, while reinterpreting the relationship between humanity and its surrounding space.

In Pablo Lopez Luz’s high-angle shots over Mexico City we see a chaotic terrain in the process of rapid transformation. A megalopolis threatened by incessant urbanization, overconsumption of natural resources, unbridled demographic growth and economic disparity. Influenced by the historical painters of Mexico’s past – who celebrated the natural richness of the country – Pablo Lopez Luz brings his camera to the outskirts of Mexico City. To the once bare and unpopulated valley, now violently consumed by the migrating rural society which has not found the industrialized eldorado it was looking for.

Pablo Lopez Luz’s approach to the man-made landscape also led him to explore the US-Mexico border from a new perspective, that of the landscape and the original imposition of the political boundary. Pablo Lopez Luz followed the length of the US-Mexico border while flying from both sides of the opposing geographies. In his photographs, the compass is lost and the cardinal points north and south are only definable by the presence of the city.  The notion of border is therefore reinterpreted, stripped to its bare minimum and drawing attention to the physicality of the landscape itself, which acts as the primary imposition that precedes the political and social discourses, as well as the emergence of the border city. The border appears as a scar in the topography of the region, a barrier inscribed in nature, whose imposing conditions are determined by humanity.

© Pablo Lopez Luz