by Martin John Callanan
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Grounds, by Martin John Callanan, is a series of stark images taken in public buildings. As Martin says:
"Civilisation has evolved a mass of organizations and sub-systems human
created that exist to service, preserve, operate and progress society.
One cannot stand outside this system to observe and comment. As a citizen I
must engage. Identifying the offices, wanting to know what happens within
Permission is sought, often after lengthy negotiation, to visit buildings
closed to the public. Buildings that are fundamental to, if not somewhat
discrete from, the everyday. Once granted, permission includes lists of
restrictions on what can and cannot be photographed. Omissions habitually
include: personnel, security devices, computer terminals, doors, and views
from windows. Consequently, the resulting photographs are generally of the
entrance hall floors of such buildings as parliaments, government offices
and the world headquarters of international banks." More of Martin's work is available on his web site.