Edgar Martins: Topologies Hardback
With artful composition and controlled framing - but no digital manipulation - Edgar Martins creates sublimely beautiful views of often un-beautiful sites.
Minimalist night-time beaches, forests ravaged by fires, and Icelands stark terrain have all served as subjects for his large-scale colour photographs.
He also explores the unexpected impact of modernism on the landscape, including startlingly graphic airport runways and colourful highway barriers that, at first glance, read like abstract murals.
Certain themes recur throughout Martins' work.A sense of place and alienation from it.
A sense of mystery - vividly embodied in scenes such as a woman with a bouquet of balloons on a deserted shore. And a sense that something unsettling has just happened or is about to happen - a fire, an accident, a close encounter with some unspecified danger.
As John Beardsley notes, 'some images are what we habitually expect photography to be - evidence of the world as we think we know it, while others obscure their subjects through an illusion, that borders on magic.'
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 128 pages, 75 colour illustrations
- Publisher: Aperture
- Publication Date: 01/04/2008
- Category: Individual photographers
- ISBN: 9781597110570