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Charles Emerson

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Emerson

Biography

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.

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.

2016 sees Charles commissioned to make new work about Mount Fuji culminating in a new series of works and two solo exhibitions.

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