Brad's show chosen Best Photography Show of the Year
Brad Carlile's Tempus Incognitus at The Independent took us on a tour of brightly colored hotel rooms, rendered in eerie long exposures.
— Richard Speer, Willamette Week
Show announcement press release:
The Independent is pleased to present photographs by Brad Carlile as our inaugural exhibition. Carlile was one of the winners of the 2009 Hearst 8x10 Photography Biennial. The Hearst Biennial judges Peter Lindbergh, Mary Ellen Mark, Steve McCurry, Timothy Greenfield-Sanders, & John A. Bennette, III. chose 8 photographers from over 1,000 entries. Works from Carlile’s Tempus Incognitus series is on view July 7 to August 7.
Empty hotel rooms from all over the world form the basis of these works, all shot in multiple exposures over time in slide film, with no post-exposure or digital manipulation. The rooms are electric with acidic color, yet spare and detached by virtue of their transient energy and occupation. The perimeters of shifted space and time are blurred, giving a result both classic and contemporary.
"Brad Carlile: Confronting the myth of the great American road(review)," Willamette Week, Richard Speer, 13-July 2011: 43.
"Brad Carlile at the Independent -- lost in space-time (review)," The Oregonian, John Motley, 4-August 2011: 38.
"To invite a narrative: Brad Carlile discusses photographing hotel rooms around the world (interview)," Portland Architecture blog, August 2011.
I've always felt the need to push the bounds and to experience new things. This permeates many aspects of my life including my art, climbing big walls, skiing, and traveling to unusual places. I travel with only a rough plan and try to go with the flow, but I still have to remind myself to really 'let go'.
A few years ago I explored the northern Indian states of Kashmir and Ladakh. During a day trip in Ladakh I spent an entire morning traveling on local buses to a remote village, Hemis, which has the largest monastery in the region.
The bus finally arrived at 11am and I was told that the last bus of the day left at noon. With the campground locked for the season and no overnight things, I had little alternative but to hurry. Then my urge to let go kicked in, "wait a minute, shouldn't I see if I can stay with a villager?"
I ran back and found two monks. I asked if they knew of someone with whom I could stay. The older one motions I can stay with him. The younger one explained that the older monk is the Lama, the head monk, and I have been invited to stay in his private apartments. "Yes," I quickly replied.
I spent two amazing days attending the Puja (morning prayers), visiting another monastery, and sitting with the Lama. Amazing, unplanned, and well worth letting go.
Letting go has provided me with unmatched travel experiences, and helped my skiing and rock climbing. And I like to think that it helps me push the bounds and let go of conventions when it comes to what can be done with film for my fine art images. Photography has a lot to do with 'letting go' of the right things.