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 Mountain that has been published in Intelligent Life and Time magazine.
Charles Emerson images are available as limited edition prints. Contact Jack on email@example.com for more information and purchasing enquiries.
Antlers interview with Charles: http://www.antlersgallery.com/artist-interview-charles-emerson
Full catalogue of works from Charles’ BLACKLIGHT series here: CATALOGUE
2001-2004 BA (hons) Photography, Falmouth College of Art EXHIBITIONS
2013 Blacklight, Antlers Gallery, Bristol
2013 F-Number, Grant Bradley Gallery, Bristol
2013 Winter Shop, Antlers Gallery, Bristol
2013 Kindred, Antlers Gallery, London
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 ART FAIRS
2014 AAF Battersea, Antlers Gallery, London
2013 AAF Battersea, London
2013 Buy Art Fair, Antlers Gallery, Manchester
2013 AAF Bristol, Antlers Gallery, Bristol
2012 AAF Bristol, Antlers Gallery, Bristol PRIZES / AWARDS
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 OTHER
2015 Intelligent Life, Photo Essay
2015 Intelligent Life, Video Interview
2015 Time Magazine, Photo Blog
2013 'The Weight of Your Love', Editors album artwork
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Artist Interview : Charles Emerson
‘Boch-isle E-tiff More’, is apparently the correct pronunciation for Charles Emerson’s Buachaille Etive Mòr series. Named after the mountain they depict, these photographs form an imposing set of images that document the same landscape as both it, and the photographer …
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