Michael Martin is a talented photographer, artist and educator currently based in san Jose, California. After serving for six years as Academic Dean, he recently stepped down from teaching as an Associate Professor of Digital Arts at Cogswell College in San Jose. Martin focuses on landscaping and street photography. His artwork has been exhibited throughout the United States and Europe. He is based in Berlin, London, and in San Jose, California. Mostly San Jose.
During the past several years, I have been primarily interested in what could best be termed public spaces – I have documented and explored the architecture and activities at fairgrounds, city parks, cultural festivals, and street parades in America, recreational facilities and shopping arcades in Ireland, shopping centers and apartment buildings in London, city squares and courtyards in Paris, and bureaucratic spaces abandoned by the Communist government in the former East Berlin.
The street is a place where people let down their guard, and where humanity is on show for all to see. I surreptitiously photograph people in public spaces when elements align to create a human tableau. They are travel pictures yet they do not identify the place by cultural or historical details as much as use their particulars to investigate a detached, disembodied slice of time. The detachment makes the familiar strange to us.
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