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.
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.
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.