Tempus Incognitus" is my series of large scale photographs depicting hotel rooms in which time and space fade into one another and any sense of time is lost. These images challenge our intuition about time itself and pique our curiosity about the stories held within those walls. Think Edward Hopper interiors awash in James Turrell colors with David Lynch directing. These hotel rooms lack personal effects to invite a narrative.
"Tempus Incognitus" records the day's transitional times and shows them existing concurrently. The Cubists painted individual scenes from several different perspectives at once. In this series, I photograph individual rooms at several different times of day from a single perspective.
This is also a conceptual work, I have rules that combine the element of chance in these environments with predetermined rules that provide underlying parameters for this process. I use a time-intensive technique that captures the evolution of light and emphasizes change in vivid colors. Multiple exposures are shot over 2 or more days and images are created in camera and on film with no digital manipulation. Each image is composed of 3-9 exposures. Only the light in the room is used to create the images – no colored bulbs are used. I shoot only at pre-determined times in the day and don't allow myself to wait for perfect light, I must adjust to the particular light given the confines of the schedule.
I shoot with a medium-format camera and print on a large scale in order to enhance the impact of the colors and have intriguing details that draw one into an intimate distance.
"Tempus Incognitus" (Time Unknown) is my series that invites the viewer to imagine the multitude of human emotions played out within these hotel rooms. Despite the fact that globalization has homogenized our interior environments, the stories that have taken place within these rooms are unique. By utilizing a labor-intensive multiple-exposure technique to capture the evolution of light, I emphasize the change of time in vivid, even lurid, colors. Think of Edward Hopper interiors awash in James Turrell colors with David Lynch directing.
This is also conceptual, I have rules that combine the element of chance in these environments with predetermined rules that provide underlying parameters for this process. I use a time-intensive technique that captures the evolution of light and emphasizes change in vivid colors. Multiple exposures are shot over 2 or more days and images are created in camera and on film with no digital manipulation. Each image is composed of 3-9 exposures. Only the light in the room is used to create the images – no colored bulbs or gels are used.
Brad Carlile is a photographer that lives in both Portland Oregon and New York City. He has exhibited at MoMA Rio de Janeiro (in collection), Museo de Arte Contemporaneo (MAC Salta Argentia, in collection), Guatemala, Germany, Austria, Qatar, China, Argentina, and over 60 shows in the USA.
His work was shown several Biennial including Ballarat 2015 Biennial, a solo show at 25th Encuentros Abiertos 2014 Festival de la Luz in Buenos Aires Argentina, and in 2009 he was chosen as a winner in the prestigious Hearst 8x10 Photography Biennial. His 2011 solo show was chosen as Portland’s best art photography show for the year.
In 2014, Brad was recognized as PDN photo annual winner. Brad has won over 14 fine-art photographic awards. In the Fall of 2011, an article on his work was published in Exposure, the Journal of the Society for Photographic Education (SPE) and in BETA developments in photography, Issue #12, by Ballarat International Foto Festival.
Brad’s work has critically reviewed and recommended by both by critically acclaimed blogs and newsprint. Blogs include the Huffington Post, PDN Photo of the Day, LenScratch, FeatureShoot, Apartment Therapy, Design Taxi, FLaxPhoto. His work has also be reviewed The Oregonian, The Boston Globe, The Houston Chronicle (interview), The Las Vegas, and Philadelphia Inquirer, Portland's Willamette Week.
Brad’s work can also be seen at the George Billis Gallery in Los Angeles.
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