Brad Carlile

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Tempus Incognitus explores the transitory nature of modern life using hotel rooms in which time and space fade into one another. These images challenge our intuition about time itself and ask about the stories held within these 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.

I use a time-intensive technique that captures the evolution of light and emphasizes change in vivid colors. Multiple exposures are taken over two days and images are created in camera and on film with no digital manipulation. Each image is composed of three to nine exposures. Only the light in the room is used — no colored lights or gels are added.

— Brad Carlile, New York City & Portland, Oregon, USA

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Brad Temkin

I began a project titled Rooftop, photographing green roofs and rooftop gardens as part of my ongoing visual investigation of the human relationship to the environment and contemporary landscape.  

By exploring cities and documenting green roofs and rooftop gardens, I am highlighting the ingenuity of these additions to architecture and the landscape, and showing their relationships and tension to the skylines they occupy. 

These gardens are largely invisible and inaccessible to the general public and therefore not meant to be lived in or enjoyed up close. Instead, their purpose is to create a path to a more secure environmental future. 

Rooftop addresses what we are doing to correct our folly and make up for our relentless need to expand. In this extended project, I am building a compendium of photographs that will show the significance and positive effects of green roofs and rooftop gardens while revealing their function and visual sanctuary.

— Brad Temkin