Martin Tervoort

Industrial and urban landscapes

by Martin Tervoort (Germany)

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I’m self-educated photographer and would like to expand my skills. I am interested in the program of this Eyes in Progress workshop and the guidance of the experienced photographer Mark Power. For many years I am interested in the fields of architecture, machines, humans and their interaction. I’m looking forward to meeting inspiring people. The personal development with photography inspires me.

Portfolio from the Paysages industriels workshop with Mark Power, April 2012.

Written review by PAULINE VERMARE,
Assistant Curator, Special Projects & International Outreach, International Center of Photography, NYC, USA

The rigor in Martin’s Urban and Industrial Landscape series is very impressive. I appreciate the constant research for, if not the obsession with, geometry and order in chaos.  Finding beauty in the ugly or the dull is very challenging and Martin has succeeded in his mission, illustrating one of the most inhumane of the modern human creations.

Image 3, with its intriguing mix of textures – the reflection in the water, those lines seemingly sinking like the crossing of an ancient civilization’s, is one of my favorites in this portfolio. Image 9 is a beautiful geometric accomplishment: all those lines, horizontal, vertical, curves, blend into the perfect composition―the pedestrian sign reminding us of the remote presence of human beings. The complete chaos in image 12 contrasts beautifully with this dehumanized landscape, the car exiting the picture giving us a sensation of ghost world, the last inhabitant on its way out after Armageddon.

I also very much like image 13, but somehow this woman in the foreground blocks my train of thoughts. She is too warm, perhaps, in comparison with to the overall feeling, atmosphere of the series. I love the wall in image 11, but the image would perhaps be stronger with a narrower frame emphasizing on these cracks. Same with image 10: I feel very attracted to the cement of the overpass, and lesser attracted to what is happening underneath. I love the white line at the top, letting some light in. I think I would have liked the image more had it stopped at the second third of the image.

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