There are No People in These Images

 ‘The landscapes represented in my photographs are the deserts of our circumstances

Extract;  “In The Poetic Quality of Infinity, Leonor Nazaré writes in 2013, as cited in Edgar Martins’ web site http://www.edgarmartins.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/Leonor-Nazar%C3%A9-The-Poetic-Quality-of-Infinity1.pdf (Links to an external site.)

‘When he states, for example, with respect to a 2009 series, that ‘The

black hole functioned as a metaphor for reason at the point of exhaustion’

(Arq./a, 2009) he is describing to us that moment of collapse in which creation

gives way to the forces of another intelligence. In addition to this possibility

there is the possibility of nostalgia, of the inscription of archetypes and of

evidence of a vague incomprehension of the void in phrases such as: ‘without

artifice, without premeditation, my landscapes raise the question of the

complexity of the collective unconscious. The landscapes represented in my

photographs are the deserts of our circumstances. They are the landscapes

that survive our absence’ (ibidem).

Edgar Martins knows that the absence of humans of these places is

unsettling and says himself that ‘the observer longs for signs and evidence of

life to increase the visual volume and give (the) place its social identity’ “

Here, the author, Nazaré, is eloquently sampling Martins’ thinking and expressions which lead the viewer of his work into a deep contemplation of the beautifully crafted and captured settings and landscapes.  He captures open views which may be democratically accessed as well as highly protected and secured places which he has gained special permissions to see.  In both positions the tranquility, the calmness, the ‘other-worldliness’ are conveyed by the state of stillness of the photographer which I believe transfers to the viewer.  The still image stills the viewer.  The emotional and cerebral window is opened and the air is drawn in.

I am convinced this is achieved by the absence of people populating his images.  The distraction of recognition of facial expression, gender, race, clothes and age are removed, to be replaced by our own occupation of the composure and serenity; the theory pervades the practice.

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