April 14, 2012

martin john callanan: looking down

excerpts from 'grounds' - an ongoing series of photographs of the ground in locations important to society, 2003-12
(archive currently holds over 2000 locations worldwide)

clerkenwell, london, united kingdom

city hall, london, united kingdom

museum of london, city of london, united kingdom

riga international airport, riga, latvia

doha international airport, doha, qatar

salisbury road, tsim sha tsui (W), hong kong

hong kong international airport, hong kong

monument for soviet troops, who liberated soviet latvia and riga from the german fascists, usvaras parks, riga, latvia

caugava, riga, latvia

ulica tolminskih puntarjev, nova gorica, slovenia

flughafen berlin-tempelhof, berlin, germany

bauhaus-archiv, berlin, germany

mauerbrunnen, invalidenpark, berlin, germany

cahill center for astronomy and astrophysics, pasadena, usa

orchid nursery, hawaii, usa

merzouga, morocco

palma, illes balears, spain

oslo opera house, oslo, norway

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.

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