Photo by Edgar Martins.
Really like this work...
What these wonderful images need is an explanation of what we're looking at. The control panel, is pretty clearly a control panel, but the beautiful arched hall in the second frame is photographed with exquisite precision, but what was or is its function? It's not obvious to me, and I've actually been in a hydroelectric power plant. Please, if you can, add captions that tell us what we're looking at -- what the function is of the bigs halls, in particular.
The big halls (#2 and 5) are power houses -- these hold the water turbines, which are arranged with vertical shafts (with turntable-like covers) receding into the distance.
really beautiful, thanks
It's a sad day when Sony 7s test chart gets more comments than great photographs.
DPreview, please post more of this and less test charts...
What an amazing set of images. And photographed beautifully. I agree with the comments I have been reading.
My 2 cents worth is, the place would make an amazing set for the next Men In Black sequel.
Many of the environments strike me as analogous to the grand cathedrals and temples worldwide, ambitious in scale and detail, representative of the ethos of their time; perhaps those in this series depict a time when modernism was full of promise. And whether partially an association forwaded by the elegant treatment of the photographs, the spaces feel pristine, suggesting a reverence demonstrated in their upkeep. While they sit ghostly unoccupied, they transcend simple abandonments, seem more queerly suspended monuments. I can easily imagine them full of skilled workers in service of industrial modernity, predating pejorative perspective of such condition. They also bring to (my) mind the hypermodern fictitious environments of artist/filmmaker Matthew Barney - so alien, but so beautiful.
Very intriguing photographs of history !
Pictures tell more than the words below them.
These are beautiful pictures showing the spare, geometric design that was a fascinating part of midcentury modern design. While this power plant is well preserved because it's operational and doesn't require the large staff it was built to support, many other examples of similar design have either fallen into disrepair from being unused, or have become too cluttered because they grossly underestimated the number of people they'd have to accommodate.
He's my favourite photographer...these are just perfection!
"Many of these power stations are inexorably heterogenous, places where there is a convergence, overlapping and blurring of meanings, functions and temporalities. Hopefully these images will allow the viewer to make a myriad of connections between these different temporalities at play in these sites and in the process perhaps also reflect about our relationship to and dependence on technology and the impact of this kind of technological application on our individual and social consciousness."
...into Google Translate (Philosophical Portuguese to Stupid English) and got...
"These crazy places will mess with your head and make you think those mad ancient scientific dudes had the best mojo in town'
What do you get if you put in, “The desertification of sites like this one really underline the paradox of the Modernist ideological narrative”?
(Looks like DPReview has a new staff writer.)
"If you a giant brain geeky dude, it don't matter how big your house is, ain't no one coming to your party"
Wonderful! And it didn’t even stumble on the missing s of “underline”!
Strange, when I put desertification into google translate I get a bunch of pictures of cupcakes.
I studied philosophy but never did I read such pretentious guff! The camera never lies but what about the photographer?
Amazing images, truly exceptional. It seems very appropriate to use a painstaking process to create them.
No.7 is gorgeous and No.8 just WOW!
Reminds me partly of Kubricks photography in "2001".And in picture 10 I would then imagine Heywood Floyd sitting in the armchair.
Ah, the exceptional...
Great photos, for me # 2 looks "star trekish" and furure like living...
The large open structures look very modern for their age. Note that he uses large format cameras which should have the digital geeks up in arms.
You can see that he's putting the movements of large format camera in this photos. Love film and I use it to this day, no matter what the gear nerds say, some of the best photos are taken on it and that's all it matters.
That's true, I love a good view camera, even a bad view camera.
Wow. Almost alien...Definitely a great set
A very good series !It reminds me a bit of the work of Edward Burtinsky.
What an excellent set of photographs! Edgar Martins is a young portuguese photographer with a penchant for painstakingly geometric compositions, yet at the same time depicting some very interesting concepts. I was simply mind-blown by the quality of his pictures when I became acquainted with his body of work. A fascinating artist from my homeland :)
Great photos, but No. 10 is the standout for me. What a shot!
Yup - definitely #10. I'll have to search for more of his work.
Dennis, look no further: http://www.edgarmartins.com/