XL Semanal (Spain), edition 28th September 2014, features Martins’ The Rehearsal of Space in a 6 page feature titled ‘La puerta espacial de Europa’ and with words by Fernando Goitia. The full article can be viewed and downloaded here.
Shot between 2010 and 2011, this book is structured as a topographic survey of hydro-electricity generating plants. No more than half a dozen people run power stations which, in some cases, were intended to house up to 250 workers just a few decades ago. This project is, thus, not just about the generation of power of also of dreams and technological utopias.
This project was developed in some of the most interesting airports in Europe with a key role in history (the Azores, for example, was a compulsory stop for transatlantic flights prior to 1970 and a military base in both World Wars).
Almost all the images were produced at night, using an 8×20″ or 8×10″ camera as well as the aprons’ floodlights, moonlight, long or double exposures of between ten minutes to two hours. Sky and ground merge in darkness with only the lights and airport hieroglyphics to orient us.
This seminal book is brings together 5 bodies of work, inspired by both early 18th century evocations of the sublime and contemporary pictorial traditions.
But for all its historical evocation, the photographs in this publication are fraught with anxieties about ruin.