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.

 

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

‘Myth and Mountains’ Intelligent Life Blog Post: http://www.antlersgallery.com/charles-emerson-intelligent-life-photo-essay-mountain-works

Antlers interview with Charles: http://www.antlersgallery.com/artist-interview-charles-emerson

Full catalogue of works from BLACKLIGHT series here: CATALOGUE

 

EDUCATION

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

EXHIBITIONS

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

 

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, '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

Below are selected works from Charles Emerson's latest 'Myth and Mountains' series. For a complete catalogue please email jack@antlersgallery.com (full print release 02/09/15).

Ossians Cave and Ben Nevis
Ed. of 20 (+AP) (76 x 59 cm)
Ed. of 7 (+AP) (94 x 75 cm)

Beinn Dorain
Ed. of 20 (+AP) (59 x 80 cm)
Ed. of 7 (+AP) (75 x 101 cm)

Jebel Um Ishrin Massif
Ed. of 20 (+AP) (59 x 82 cm)
Ed. of 10 (+AP) (75 x 105 cm)

Peak of Bauchaille Etive Mor
Ed. of 20 (+AP) (59 x 79 cm)
Ed. of 10 (+AP) (75 x 101 cm)

Jepii Mici, Night
Ed. of 20 (+AP) (59 x 70 cm)
Ed. of 7 (+AP) (75 x 90 cm)

Collected Light, Romania I
Ed. of 20 (+AP) (59 x 88 cm)
Ed. of 10 (+AP) (75 x 112 cm)

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Mountains

Buachaille Etive Mòr III
Edition of 50 (+AP)
85 x 60 cm
£460

Buachaille Etive Mòr I
Photographic Print
85 x 60 cm
£460

Buachaille Etive Mor IV
Edition of 50 (+AP)
85 x 60 cm
£460

Buachaille Etive Mòr II
Edition of 50 (+AP)
85 x 60 cm
£460

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BLACKLIGHT

At Long Last
Ed. of 20 (+AP) (75 x 54 cm) £380
Ed. of 7 (+AP) (100 x 72 cm) £840

The Fullness of Now
Ed. of 20 (+AP) (75 x 50 cm) £430
Ed. of 7 (+AP) (105 x 70 cm) £890

Wait Here
Ed. of 20 (+AP) (75 x 54 cm) £380
Ed. of 7 (+AP) (100 x 72 cm) £790

Beginning of Her
Ed. of 20 (+AP) (75 x 54 cm) £380
Ed. of 7 (+AP) (100 x 72 cm) £790

A Blade Without End
Ed. of 20 (+AP) (75 x 54 cm) £380
Ed of 7 (+AP) (100 x 72 cm) £740

An Instant Before
Ed. of 20 (+AP) (60 x 60 cm) £380
Ed. of 7 (+AP) (80 x 80 cm) £740

This Moment After
Ed. of 20 (+ AP) (60 x 60 cm) £380
Ed. of 7 (+AP) (80 x 80 cm) £740

Nothing Touches You
Ed. of 20 (+AP) (60 x 60 cm) £380
Ed. of 7 (+AP) (80 x 80 cm) £740

Deafening Quiet
Edition of 20 (+AP)
60 x 60 cm
£430

Indivisible Bloom
Ed. of 20 (+ AP) (60 x 60 cm) £380
Ed. of 7 (+AP) (80 x 80 cm) £890

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Flowers

White Rose I
Photographic Print
75.2 x 56 cm
£480

White Rose II
Photographic Print
75.2 x 56 cm
£360

A Rose From Auschwitz
Photographic Print
75.5 x 56 cm
SOLD OUT

Helleborous
Edition of 10 (+AP)
50 x 50 cm
SOLD OUT

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Editions by Charles Emerson


    This Moment After
    £380

    Nothing Touches You
    £380

    Indivisible Bloom
    £380

    Deafening Quiet
    £430

    Beginning of Her
    £380

    At Long Last
    £380

    An Instant Before
    £380

    A Blade Without End
    £380

    Wait Here
    £380

    The Fullness of Now
    £430

    Buachaille Etive Mor IV
    £460

    Buachaille Etive Mor I
    £460

    Red Rose II
    £450

    White Rose II
    £380

    White Rose I
    £480

From the Blog

Charles Emerson – Intelligent Life Photo Essay

In a stunning new photo essay published in the latest instalment of Intelligent Life magazine – Charles Emerson expands on his Mountains series which saw him venturing to Romania, Jordan and to photograph the mountain of his childhood holidays: Buachaille Etive Mor …

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