Charles Emerson

Charles is a Fine Art Photographer who explores the creation of palimpsests by building layers within his work. Whether using physical layers constructed in a studio or capturing natural light on film and working the effects over digital images, this perpetually evolving approach creates innovative and captivating projects.

The Flower series draws on the composition and lighting values of still life paintings. Using water and inks, Charles creates images that experiment with the boundaries between painting and photography.

Sky Studies explores the idea of creating an epic scene on a minute scale. Within a tank and in controlled studio conditions, Charles uses highly constructed scenes to emulate nature – taking inspiration from Constable and Turner. The final works capture a singular moment and a sense of calm within a tumultuous, ever-changing scene.

In his BLACKLIGHT series Charles’ work moves into bold new territory, constructing layers with increasing complexity and depth. The photographic element becomes almost secondary to the physical scenes created in his studio. It is the culminating decisive moment of these real scenes captured in his final pieces. Initially influenced by the use of symbolism in Dutch Vanitas, Charles creates his own symbolic imagery with which he explores fragility in life, death and the hereafter.

Bauchaille Etive Mor is the name of the mountain photographed across a year for this series. As Charles ages with each journey the mountain remains constant, only the seasons and conditions change. A digital camera captures the detail with additional colour layers achieved using a replica of Charles’ first ever camera: a point and shoot Halina.

Charles takes on the challenge of photographing the mountain form once again for a new series titled Myth and Mountains that has been published in Intelligent Life and Time magazine.

2016 sees Charles commissioned to make new work about Mount Fuji culminating in a new series of works and two solo exhibitions. See more here.

Charles Emerson images are available as limited edition prints. Contact Jack on for more information and purchasing enquiries.

‘Myth and Mountains’ Intelligent Life Blog Post:

Antlers interview with Charles:

Full catalogue of works from ‘Myth and Mountains’ series here: CATALOGUE

Full catalogue of works from ‘BLACKLIGHT’ series here: CATALOGUE



2001 - 2004 BA (Hons) Photography, Falmouth College of Art


2017 Fuji (solo show), White Conduit Projects, Islington, London

2016 Fuji (solo show), Shizuoka City Tokaido Hiroshige Musuem, Japan

2015 Myth and Mountains, Antlers Gallery

2014 Solo-show, Bath

2013 Kindred, Curious Duke Gallery + Antlers Gallery, London

2013 Blacklight, Antlers Gallery, Bristol

2013 F-Number, Grant Bradley Gallery, Bristol

2013 Winter Shop, Antlers Gallery, Bristol

2012 Old Beliefs, Antlers Gallery, Stroud

2012 Sky Studies, Antlers Gallery, Bristol

2012 Still Chaos, Antlers Gallery, Bristol

2011 Creative Review Photography Annual Exhibition, Aubin Gallery, London

2011 AOP Open Photography Awards, The Dray Walk Gallery, London

2011 Botany, Antlers Gallery, Bristol

2011 Sony Photography Awards, London, New York and Sao Paulo

2011 RWA Open Photography, Royal West of England Academy of Art, Bristol

2010 Dreaming Out Loud, View Gallery, Bristol



2016 Selected for Creative Review Photography Annual

2011 Selected for Creative Review Photography Annual

2011 Sony Photography Awards, Professional Awards Winner – Still Life Category

2010 Wallpaper iPad App, Best Images from 2010 featured ‘A Rose From Auschwitz’

2010 Spectrum Photography Award



2015 Intelligent Life, 'Myth and Mountains' Photo-Essay

2015 Intelligent Life, Online Video Interview

2015 Time Magazine, Photo Blog

2013 'The Weight of Your Love', Editors Album Artwork