The imagery of The Diminishing Present is less a set of pictures than a series of moments in which spaces, mechanisms, signs, objects and events in the instrumentalist, modified landscape of the contemporary order have become independent of causation or function. It resembles a set of location shots for unmade films from lost scenarios.
(...)This landscape is actual, familiar, always there, and yet imaginary, unseen. It is the other place, which is always this place, in thesethings; it is there when our backs are turned, while we sleep, or as we drive past in the unconsciousness of speed, in the half-life of routine it is the landscape that survives our absence.
(Osborne, Peter D., The Accidental theorist, in The Diminishing Present, The Moth House 2005)
The Diminishing Present, by Edgar Martins, will be launched today at Galeria Graça Brandão, after the London lauch at The Photographer's Gallery on the 29th of June.
Rob Gardiner, from the nyclondon.com website, took his pinhole and walked along London Underground's Circle Line, taking pictures between each two stations. The result is an interesting, and necessarily slow, view of the city, showing that while you main gain in time by travelling on the underground, you always lose in knowledge of the city above (even more in case you're a visiting tourist).
The several posts related to Rob Gardner's walk are in his blog, under the pinhole tag.
Les Stone specialises in chronicling, among others, the effects of war on the populations of several countries. During the last twenty years he has photographed in Iraq, Afghanistan, Israel, Kosovo, and many other places. In his website it is possible to see the work he created along the years.
Plrds.com, a website managed by Mike Brodie, gathers a number of photographers that use Polaroids as a means of expression. The number of different visions in this website deserves a careful visit. Additionally, Mike has managed to give also a physical shape to the project: he has already edited two volumes of "Plrds Series", a hand-made book that gathers images from the several members of the website. I received yesterday Plrds Series #2 and it has been a great way of finding very interesting images.
Through a post in "O Manancial da Noite", I discovered the website of photographer Edmund Leveckis, where he shows us his vision of his city. "New York in black & white, dark, pasty and grainy", says Tiago in his post - and he's absolutely right. I will definitely spend some time browsing through this website.