Opening Reception: January 8, 5PM – 7 PM
An encore presentation of photographs by Brad Temkin presented in conjunction with the exhibition Second Nature, on view at the Southeast Museum of Photography through December 18th.
“Rooftop: Second Nature draws poetic attention to an important new movement to counter the heat island effect caused by city life. Green roofs reduce our carbon footprint and improve storm water control, but they do far more. They reflect the conflict of our existence, symbolizing the allure of nature in the face of our continuing urban sprawl.
My images do more than merely document rooftop gardens. By securely situating the gardens within the steel, stone, and glass rectangularity of urban downtowns, I ask viewers to revel in their far more open patterns, colors, and connection to the sky. In this break, I see not merely beauty and dichotomy, but the framework for positive change. “ – Brad Temkin
The elevated landscapes from the Rooftop series represent the judicious reintroduction of nature into urban settings. The photographs reveal that through grace and ingenuity, we may be able to construct a healthier environment and a more responsible infrastructure.
This project, book and exhibition have been embraced by leaders in the field of green architecture, as well as museum curators and collectors. Images have been exhibited in venues in Chicago, Krasnodar, Russia, and the Houston Center For Photography, and the photographs selected for this traveling exhibition were featured this Fall in Second Nature: A Survey – Photographs by Brad Temkin at the Southeast Museum of Photography in Daytona Beach, Florida, with a supplemental display of images from the Rooftop series at the Atlantic Center for the Arts in New Smyrna Beach, Florida. This traveling exhibition will be available to tour beginning in January of 2016.