In 2014 Edgar Martins approached BMW with a simple idea: to stop the production lines in order to photograph Plant Munich. Although the project surveys on the surface the fabrication, tooling and assembly of the modern era automobile vehicle, it also represents a point of resistance: to the world of flux and flow that we live in, to a world haunted by mobility, transience and uncertainty.
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.
Produced over a period of 12 months with the Portuguese Airport Administration Authorities this book surveys the modern airport. Pictured as the elementary expression of abstract space, in Martins’ images sky and ground collide, overlap and blur.