Entry Title: "Tempus Incognitus"
Name: Brad Carlile , United States
Category and Expertise: Interior|Deeper Perspective, Non-Professional


Entry Description: "Tempus Incognitus" is my series of large scale photographs depicting hotel rooms that explores the transitory nature of modern civilization within these spaces. These images pique our curiosity about the stories superimposed on these walls. Think Edward Hopper interiors awash in James Turrell colors with David Lynch directing. "Tempus Incognitus" records the day's transitional times and shows them existing concurrently. Multiple exposures are shot over 2 or more days and the images are created on film with no digital manipulation. I photograph individual rooms at several different times of day from a single perspective.

Story: "Tempus Incognitus" is my series of large scale photographs depicting hotel rooms that explores the transitory nature of modern civilization within these spaces. These images challenge our intuition about time and space and pique our curiosity about the stories superimposed on 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. Multiple exposures are shot over 2 or more days and the images are created in camera and on film with no digital manipulation. 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 series has conceptual underpinnings. 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. 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. 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 this schedule. This technique highlights change with color allowing us to see time in ways we are not accustomed. This sublime view moves the horizons of our understanding and takes us outside the limited range of our senses and default assumptions about the world.

About the Artist:

Brad Carlile is a photographer that lives in both Portland Oregon and Manhattan. He has exhibited at MoMA Rio de Janeiro (in collection), Guatemala, Germany, Austria, Qatar, China and over 58 shows in the USA. Brad's 2011 solo show was chosen as Portland’s best art photography. Brad is preparing for a Biennial solo show at 25th Encuentros Abiertos - Festival de la Luz in Argentina. In 2009 he was chosen as a winner in the prestigious Hearst 8x10 Photography Biennial. His solo show in Portland Oregon was chosen as best photography show in 2011 and was critically reviewed and recommended by both of Portland's leading newspapers -- the Willamette Week (review) and The Oregonian (review). In addition his work has been reviewed in The Houston Chronicle (interview), The Las Vegas, and Philadelphia Inquirer. He has won 14 fine-art photographic awards, a book cover, and published several fine-art images in magazines.