Produced almost entirely within a 3km radius of the author’s home, and inspired by Salman Rushdie’s critique of the film The Wizard of Oz, The Diminishing Present is a visual contemplation on the concept of home and what it means to belong somewhere.
In 2012, Edgar Martins was granted unparalleled access to The European Space Agency (ESA) and its partners’ programs, including the human spaceflight, lunar and Mars exploration programs. Martins’ project highlights the wider politics of space exploration, the ever-growing role of science and technology in our society and our relationship with the unknown, whilst opening up wider questions around epistemology, metaphysics and ultimately humanity’s conception of itself.
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 project results from a collaboration with inmates, incarcerated in the West Midlands (UK), their families and local organisations and individuals. By giving a voice to his subjects, the author proposes to rethink and counter the sort of imagery normally associated with incarceration and confinement.