Brad Carlile Photography

Brad Carlile

Tempus Incognitus

Tempus Incognitus shows the day’s liminal times concurrently existing. These images
show rented rooms that simultaneously contain moments from the past and present.
Cubist’s paintings show a single landscape from different perspectives at the same
time. In Tempus Incognitus, I show a single interior from same perspective at different
The intense colors created by this time-intensive non-digital technique and the lone and
cropped perspectives create an emotional tension. The interiors are locked in space
with no clear sense of time. Time and space fade in and out and planes bleed into one
another. They are borderline hallucinatory environments.
In normal still photographs any change is softened, rendered as a blur, and detail is lost.
I use a technique that captures that detail and boldly emphasizes change in vivid colors.
To maintain the essential ties to reality all work is done in-camera and on-film with no
digital creation or digital manipulation.
I shoot with a medium-format camera and print on a large scale to enhance the impact
of the colors. In addition, the intriguing details of the interactions between colors draw
one into an intimate distance to explore. To me, it is important that the images in this
series impact the viewer both from across the room as well as under very close
inspection. There is a lot of intriguing mystery to the nuances.