Jeniffer Soto was born and raised in the mountainous valley of Caguas, Puerto Rico. She served in the Navy for some years and then went to complete her degrees in Geology, Biology, and Studio Art at the College of Charleston (CofC) in South Carolina. During her studies she represented the College of Charleston in several scientific conferences, like the Geological Society of America (GSA) Annual Meeting, the GSA Southeast Meeting, and the SC Water Resources Conference. She uses her artistic knowledge to portray and communicate scientific results clearly and effectively.

After her graduation she moved to Sacramento, California with her partner in crime. She is currently working as an intern for the US Geological Survey within the California Water Science Center. Her work group monitors water quality along the California Delta in the San Joaquin Valley and studies the effects of nutrients in the ecosystem due to agriculture and other water management practices. On the weekends she photographs for the local reggae-jam band Island of Black and White, who plays throughout the North California region.

Jeniffer’s goals are to successfully incorporate photography and science in her work by documenting climate change and their effects on drinking water. She came to this conclusion in the Summer of 2016 while working on a study in water resources and field methods in India. Jeniffer realized that using photography as a method for cross-referencing field notes and data can help to make a connection between characteristics of various cultures and their effects on our environment.

I think of my artwork as a playful interaction with daily scenes of places I have seen, often referencing complementary colors in buildings and structures to passing strangers. Sometimes I plan and revisit places to photograph, but most times I wait for peculiar patterns and repetition to present themselves. My last project, “Glitch in the Matrix” is a series of three photographs that showcase interesting details hidden in plain sight if not captured otherwise. This series invites the viewer to explore the lines, shapes, and angles that ordinary urban landscapes present. I have aligned objects and subjects to make interesting and tight compositions. Through this project I encourage people to pay closer attention to their surroundings, to make the mundane more like Easter eggs.