The resulting study: The Rehearsal of Space & The Poetic Impossibility to Manage the Infinite, goes a long way to capturing the isolation and the otherworldliness of Space.
Martins manages to do this by photographing the alien-like articles of Space in their context on earth, travelling between 20 locations in UK, The Netherlands, France, Germany, Spain, Russia, Kazakhstan and French Guiana to build up an impression.
Martins visited test centres, robotics departments, space simulators, laboratories, launch sites and platforms, astronaut training centres and satellite assembly rooms.
Armed with a large format camera he then set about capturing long exposure shots (each up to an hour).
Out of context they appear eerie and enigmatic, probably because of their connection to things unknown, leaving us to look to science fiction for reference points.
The Rehearsal of Space & The Poetic Impossibility to Manage the Infinite will be exhibited from 25 April – 29 May 2014 at the Wapping Project Bankside, 65a Hopton Street, SE1 9LR.
An accompanying book will be published by La Fabrica/The Moth House in May 2012.