Myth and Mountains

Charles Emerson’s Myth and Mountains series is a body of work comprising layered photographs of mountains and light.

Charles has been intrigued with mountains since childhood when he would pass Buachaille Etive Mor in Scotland on his annual trip from Devon. This fascination has stayed with him and manifested itself first in the ‘Buachaille Etive Mor’ series where Charles repeatedly shot this same place in different conditions throughout the year from exactly the same vantage point and overlaid ‘found light’ simultaneously captured in these moments.

Last year Charles was commissioned by Intelligent Life Magazine to travel to different mountains around the world to create a photo essay – the resulting images are presented now as Myth and Mountains.

Created on location, Charles not only photographs each mountain from numerous angles but also the light during those moments – by exposing the film to transient weather conditions through a number of different techniques. It is a composite image that is presented as the final work. These final multiple exposures often have a ghost-like, oscillating and ethereal quality; they appear less like highly detailed, clinical documentary photographs and are instead more akin to Impressionist paintings. Mountains are often seeped in history, mythology and tradition – aspects Charles also explores through his practice and technique.

Myth and Mountains prints were formally released on Wednesday 2 September 2015 and are now available directly from the Antlers Shop or via email. With sales enquiries or to request a catalogue of available works please email or call 07780 503 180.

Antlers launch was purely online but we also hosted a physical event ‘Experiencing Mountains: Charles Emerson Artist Talk’ to accompany the project at the Benjamin Perry Boat House, Bristol.

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ONLINE LAUNCH – Wednesday 2 September 2015 //

EVENT – ‘EXPERIENCING MOUNTAINS: CHARLES EMERSON ARTIST TALK’: Wednesday 9th September – 6.30 – 8.30pm (talk 7 – 8pm) // Free samosas and punch // Benjamin Perry Boathouse, Phoenix Wharf, Lower Guinea Street, Bristol BS1 6TJ.


You can read the article written on Charles by Intelligent Life Magazine here:

– Video interview with Charles Emerson:

– Time Magazine:



Installation Photos