Antlers exhibition, Blacklight, showcased new flower works by Charles Emerson.

Emerson’s photography captures a particular moment in his studio, everything you see within the exhibition happened and is real. He constructs a set using a tank, water, glass plates, mirrors and coloured and UV lights. Flowers are submerged in the tank as the core of each piece; Emerson then introduces inks, dyes and paints to imbue the scene with a sense of movement and life. It is this decisive moment which Emerson captures within his photography.

The Blacklight that gives the exhibition it’s name refers to the technique used in these works – where a black light is used to draw out the ultraviolet glow of the flowers.

Charles’ use of chiaroscuro and symbolism ties the work into the language and history of painting and in particular that of Vanitas. Emerson has found a new, bolder direction in his practice with some of his most painterly work to date. In paying homage to the painters that influenced him Emerson uses innovative techniques to investigate the possibilities of constructed photography, and explore the transient nature of living things, creating a multi-faceted work.


Antlers Gallery, 11 Christmas Steps, Bristol, BS1 5BS

11 – 26 October 2013

10 – 6 Daily (Tuesday – Saturday)


Preview:-  Thursday 10 October 6 – 9pm

Artist Talk:- Wednesday 16 October 6.30pm


For advance notice of all the works in the show including pricing and availability contact Jack on To see a selected group of images from the show see the photo section below.


Read an artist statement and see more of Charles’ work here:-

Read an interview with Charles here: –

Supported by:- Gallery Spaces


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Installation Photos