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 in Glencoe, Scotland.

Working in the medium of photography but with a painterly aesthetic, Charles layers images of the same mountain (shot on different days and often in different weather conditions) to create brooding and atmospheric new landscapes.

Charles Emerson - Buachaille Etive Mòr I - Photographic Print - 85 x 60 cm

Charles Emerson – Buachaille Etive Mòr I – Photographic Print

Charles comments:

I always had to work with the elements I was given […] and I went back to this mountain [Buachaille Etive Mor] to photograph it in lots of different conditions from the same vantage point. […] Mountains often have a double-edged meaning as both givers of life and takers of life, and I wanted to capture that. They’re inaccessible, they create weather around themselves, and they’re just closer to the heavens. (Extract from Intelligent Life magazine essay).

Charles Emerson - Omu, Bucegi Massif, Romania - Photographic Print - 85 x 60 cm

Charles Emerson – Omu, Bucegi Massif, Romania – Photographic Print

Charles Emerson - Bucegi Sphinx, Romania - Photographic Print - 85 x 60 cm

Charles Emerson – Bucegi Sphinx, Romania – Photographic Print

Charles Emerson - Jebel Um Ishrin Massif, Jordan - Photographic Print - 85 x 60 cm

Charles Emerson – Jebel Um Ishrin Massif, Jordan – Photographic Print

The magazine is out now if you would like to read the whole feature and there is also a video of Charles talking about his work which you can view on the latest free Intelligent Life ipad App.