Bradley Jay Meyer

Entries from Meyer's award-winning WTCsunsets series have won selection a record number of times at the American Juried Art Salon. The portfolio was kept private until 11.11.2006 out of sensitivity to the victims of 9-11, and may finally garner international recognition through a major magazine feature in September, 2016.

The WTCs are the result of Bradley's having observed nearly 4,000 sunsets from the Christadora House, which towers over the East Village at Ninth Street and Avenue B. Many represent the only photo he composed on that particular night, and the collection was further limited by a suspicious turn-of-the-century warehouse fire. They may gain significant media coverage when several of them are featured, in custom back-lit 'Window Treatment' constructions, in Emergency Arts' month-long festival in June and July of 2016. In Vegas, baby!

His adherence to the principles of Straight Photography pays homage to the grandeur of the real world. Informed by an artistic sentiment hewed from reflection and honed by experience, He works with great patience to compose and capture definitive impressions of select moments in time.

Website: WTCsunsets.com


Portfolio:

WTCsunsets

The 16 WTCsunsets photos Meyer revealed late in 2006 have been limited to five signed and numbered prints each. They were taken from the years 1987 to 1999 from three successive upper-floor condo apartments he rented in the landmark Christodora House, at 9th Street and Avenue B. Built in 1928, and designed by the architect of the famed Riverside Church, the 16 story building towers high above the East Village.

The Christodora began as a settlement house offering health care and educational services to the poor. It housed music rooms, a theater, chapel, library, workshops and kitchens, plus a basement gymnasium and swimming pool. Despite having nine upper floors of apartments intended to provide income, the settlement failed in 1948 and remained largely abandoned for the next 38 years.

The tower was occupied for a while by the Black Panthers, and was once raided by the police. With its financial woes driving New York City nearly to bankruptcy, it sold the property in 1975 for a mere $62,500 as the neighborhood around it sunk into disrepair. It was not revived until 1986, when it was converted into condos. That same year, it was added to the National Register of Historic Places.

WTCsunset # 1 “WTCsunset # 1”

The #4 of 5 prints of WTCsunsets # 1 is currently offered at $36,000 through the artist's website

WTCsunset # 2 “WTCsunset # 2”

The # 3 of 5 print of this image is currently offered at $12,000.

WTCsunset # 3 “WTCsunset # 3”

The #4 of 5 print of this image is currently offered at $32,000.

WTCsunset # 4 “WTCsunset # 4”

The #4 of 5 print of this image, aka A Face in the Face in the Cloud, is currently offered at $40,000.

WTCsunset # 5 “WTCsunset # 5”

The #3 of 5 print of this image is currently offered at $14,000. Note: these 35mm photos get cropped during upload, and the actual images are 4 by 6.

WTCsunset # 11 “WTCsunset # 11”

The #4 of 5 print of this image, an element of one of the Red, White and Blue groups, is currently offered at $30,000.

WTCsunset # 12 “WTCsunset # 12”

The #3 of 5 print of this image is currently offered at $9,000.

WTCsunset # 13 “WTCsunset # 13”

The #3 of 5 print of this image is currently offered at $9,000.

WTCsunset # 6 “WTCsunset # 6”

The #3 of 5 print of this image is currently offered at $11,000.

WTCsunset # 14 “WTCsunset # 14”

The #3 of 5 print of this image is currently offered at $15,000.

WTCsunset # 15 “WTCsunset # 15”

The #3 of 5 print of this image is currently offered at $10,000.

WTCsunset # 16 “WTCsunset # 16”

The #3 of 5 print of this image is currently offered at $11,000.

Main frame pieces to a WTC W.T. “Main frame pieces to a WTC W.T.”

The custom back-lit WTCsunsets 'Window Treatment' (W.T.) constructions shown here are something new from Meyer, dreamt up in collaboration between he and the team at Emergency Arts for its 2016 Small Spaces Show.

WTC W.T. Inner Back view “WTC W.T. Inner Back view”

From initial design through final schematics, the precision cutting (and re-cutting) of lumber on the asphalt outside his door, day after day, in 100+ degree heat), plus all of the sanding, puttying, re-sanding, mistake-fixing, problem solving, and other sleep-stealing tasks, each of the WTC WTs represents roughly 24 hours of work.

WTC 1 Window Treatment “WTC 1 Window Treatment”

The WTC W.T.s look like functional two-pane windows, yet their outside dimensions are a mere 11 by 14 by 1.07 inches.

Double-click on the image to get a full-frame view.

WTC 11 Window Treatment “WTC 11 Window Treatment”

The artist might make zero W.T.s of some of the WTCs, and at most will make three W.T.s of any WTC. Prices currently range from $2,400 to $4,000, and others may be crafted on-request.

Illusions

The Illusions Series will continue to be expanded as opportunities arise.

Illusion - Bridge “Illusion - Bridge”

The Illusion here is that what looks to be the shadow of the bridge is a sandbar.

Well - B “Well - B”

This photo was shot upward between an outer staircase and a bank of light boxes in a parking garage.

Double Ought 7 Lib. Mems.

aka The 007 Lib. Mem. series, these are examples from Meyer's 2007 portfolio of the exquisite WW1 Liberty Memorial in KC, MO. The natural limestone ranges from bone white to ochre - depending on the lighting and sky.

In Honor “In Honor”

Uncropped, the inscription in the image reads - In honor of those who served in defense of liberty.

Dawns Early Light “Dawns Early Light”

Like all of my photos, limited to fewer than 10 numbered prints.

Juxtapositions - K.C. Built

The Juxtapositions Series contrasts Black and White photos with color photography employing two 35mm cameras with nearly identical angles of view. Since the human mind is naturally pattern seeking and puzzle solving, these juxtapositions encourage further contemplation of the paired images. In the process, the viewer is offered insights into both photography and the properties of light. The pull of the paired images is further strengthened by the fact that the color photos are largely monochromatic.

Due to the formatting of this site, all of the photos in these portfolios have been cropped – in some cases requiring the omission of some interesting elements of their original 4 by 6 images.