Step into Edgar Martins' Time Machine
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Step into Edgar Martins' Time Machine

Photo by Edgar Martins.

Edgar Martins is drawn to documenting hard-to-access and off-limits places. This was part of the appeal for him in a project titled 'The Time Machine,' in which he gained access to hydro-electric power plants in Portugal, the country where he was born. Built between 1950 and '70, these facilities were designed to accommodate dozens, even hundreds of employees working side-by-side with state-of-the-art technology.

In reality, technology made the vast majority of these jobs obsolete and the plants are now operated with only a handful of personnel each. Spaces designed for man and machine are now largely empty, setting an eerie, real-life science fiction stage for Martins' photos. He answered a few questions for us about the project. Flip through the slideshow and read more about it.