If you have ever wondered what the world is like in one of the myriad roof gardens that pepper Chicago, look no further than Brad Temkin’s color photos of the beckoning spots of carefully cultivated nature that we usually glimpse from the streets. A veteran beauty photographer, Temkin takes full advantage of the contrast between the concrete and glass and the patches of greenery by encasing the gardens in walls of skyscrapers. Shooting in all four seasons, Temkin produces his most emotive images in the dead of winter, when the plants and shrubs have been denuded of flowers and foliage, and all that is left are brown stems and stalks, clumped and tangled on a blanket of snow, and returned to an unkempt wildness that challenges the geometrical order around them and the gardens themselves when they are in full bloom. (Michael Weinstein)
Through September 6 at the City Gallery, 806 North Michigan.