Tempus incognitus One-o by Brad Carlile
Brad Carlile Myamar kid were alright

New Project: 'the kids Were alright - Myanmar 2013v2022'

Brad Carlile

From 1962 to 2012, Myanmar was a military dictatorship closed off from the world. Myanmar opened to the world in 2012. In 2013, when I visited, there was so much hope. Cellphones were prevalent, and the kids absorbed everything from the web. The kids were creatively combining every influence. They mixed Myanmar’s traditional thanaka face paint with modernity. I was inspired because I knew - the kids are alright - and amazing.

In 2021 the junta again seized power in a coup. Massive peaceful protests were brutally put down and un-armed civilians were slaughtered. The People's Defense Armed Forces (PDF) was created to be the armed wing of the National Unity Government. Many youths joined the war against the military.

Nine years after I took photos of these marvelous kids, I wondered where they are now. In this series, diptychs juxtapose 2013 images with 2022 words from contemporary resistance fighters.

'the kids Were alright' images

Chosen Portland's Best Fine Art Photography

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
That year chosen as Best Photography Show of the Year

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.

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.