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.

His latest works in the series BLACKLIGHT see the project move 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.

‘Sky Studies’ explore the idea of creating an epic scene on a minute scale. Within a tank, 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 sense of calm within a tumultuous, ever changing scene.

Read an interview with Charles here:

View a full catalogue of works from Charles’ recent exhibition BLACKLIGHT here: CATALOGUE

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

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

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

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

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
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