Brad Perkins believes that if eyes are the windows to the soul, then broken windows are the eyes to the past. His work takes on invisibility, abandonment and neglect by looking at buildings and places and asking, “what’s in there?” and “what happened here?” His background in journalism and history helps him imagine the stories of people, places and things that have been forgotten, ignored or just hidden in plain sight. He finds beauty in abandonment and solace in lost buildings.
His work has been featured in galleries in Chicago; Portland, Ore.; and Vermont and in Ain’t Bad Magazine, Huffington Post and Motif Collective. He lives in Chicago with his wife and dog and travels often.
New York Center for Photographic Arts, “Trees”, Juror’s Selection for “Tree and Arches” September 2019
Vicinity Show, Perspective Gallery, Evanston, Ill., June-July 2019
Joliet Prison Photos,
Urban Renewal Gallery, Chicago, April-August 2019
There’s A Crack in Everything, Perkolator Gallery, Chicago, June-July 2017
National Juried Photography Exhibition, Morpho Gallery, Chicago, April-May 2017
Art for Life, Venue One, Chicago, March 2017
All About Beer, Empirical Gallery, Chicago, August-September 2016
Focus: Light and Shadow, Black Box Gallery (online), Portland, Ore., April 2016
Emerging Artists Exhibition, Morpho Gallery, Chicago, March 2016
Lincoln Square Art Walk, Best of Art Walk and Decorium Gallery, Chicago, October 2015
Blue, Darkroom Gallery, Essex Junction, Vt., August-September 2014
CONTESTS AND PUBLICATIONS
Ain’t-Bad Magazine, What We’ve Found--Color”, April 2017 for “Diner”
Motif Collective, Reflections Contest, March 2017 Finalist for “Reflective” and “Laughing Window”
Motif Collective, Transportation Contest, April 2016 Finalist for "Going Nowhere"
Terrabella Media Doorways and Passages Contest, December 2015 Honorable Mention for "What's Outside"
Lenscratch, Masks Exhibition, October 2016 for “Unmasked”
Motif Collective Lines Contest, September 2015 Finalist for “Into the Shadows”
Motif Collective Reflections Contest, July 2015 Finalist for “Heaven and Hell”
Huffington Post, “18 Places in Chicago to Go When You Need to Recharge & Feel Inspired”, November 2013
Huffington Post, “13 Inspiring Photos of Chicago”, May 2014