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Girls With Taxidermy Animals: I Explore Our Close Relationship With Nature
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Girls With Taxidermy Animals: I Explore Our Close Relationship With Nature

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In my work “Parts of the Earth”, I revisit our relationship with nature. I am attracted to the vulnerability of the human spirit and the spiritual trials we all go through which some of us know we are in and some do not. I am intrigued by the inner battle of complete submission of losing ourselves and our physical trappings to this world and gaining a new life. I am fascinated by the power and beauty of life physically and spiritually. And even when we physically leave this earth our legacy remains.

To create this work, I found several taxidermy collectors throughout the state of Florida. I chose a simple backdrop to feature the beauty of the living models and the preserved animals. I chose to shoot large format film to capture the details of these beautiful creations without distraction. I chose white vintage dresses to represent the purity of the girls and also as a remembrance of the souls that wore them before. The animals have been preserved as a visual legacy.

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Erika Masterson

Erika Masterson

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Erika Masterson is a fine art photographer in Satellite Beach, fl. After receiving her degree in photography from the Southeastern Center for Photographic studies in Daytona Beach, Florida in 1990, she has been working as a commercial portrait photographer for the past 20 years. In 2012 Erika starting creating her Fine Art and has had several exhibits with her work and won many awards. She has had her art published in Black and White Mag

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Erika Masterson

Erika Masterson

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Erika Masterson is a fine art photographer in Satellite Beach, fl. After receiving her degree in photography from the Southeastern Center for Photographic studies in Daytona Beach, Florida in 1990, she has been working as a commercial portrait photographer for the past 20 years. In 2012 Erika starting creating her Fine Art and has had several exhibits with her work and won many awards. She has had her art published in Black and White Mag

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8 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

kinda cool pictures but the fact that those animals are stuffed ruins it somehow, esp. when you can see that they clearly aren´t real ( the owl´s feet for example)

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8 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

kinda cool pictures but the fact that those animals are stuffed ruins it somehow, esp. when you can see that they clearly aren´t real ( the owl´s feet for example)

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