September 2018 Program Meeting

Tuesday, September 4, 2018 -
6:30pm to 9:00pm

Meeting Location: Eau Gallie Civic Center

1551 Highland Ave, Melbourne, 32935

Come early to view Contest Photos and to socialize before the meeting.

Presentation Topic: Potraiture

Presenter: Erika Masterson

Fine Art photographer in Satellite Beach, FL

Bio Erika Masterson

Erika Masterson is a fine art photographer in Satellite Beach, fl. She received her degree in photography from the Southeastern Center for Photographic Studies in Daytona Beach, Florida in 1990. In 1999 opened her own commercial portrait business and has been working the past 20 years in California and Florida. In recent years Erika has expanded her Art including many exhibits and awards. Her most recent accolades; the Co-Jurors Choice award by Joyce Tenneson under the theme “The Intimate Portrait”; She was chosen as a Julia Margaret Cameron finalist for her series “A Message for my Daughter” and was selected as Black and White Magazine’s Portfolio Spotlight winner for her series Sara’s Sojourn. Her quiet and soulful images have been published in numerous magazines such as Black and White Magazine 2014 & 2017, Victoria Magazine 2000 & 2016, Silvershotz Magazine, Shots Magazine, 5×5 Magazine, Bella Grace Magazine, Raine, Shadow & Light and In-Style Magazine. Erika recently has images being sold around the world on greeting cards with Palm Press and book covers for Trevillion Images. She has also self-published 4 books with her series of work.

Erika lives in Satellite Beach, Florida with her husband and their four children who are often seen in her creative work.


Artist Statement

With my photographs, I hope to evoke an awareness of one’s own journey through our natural longing to connect with nature. That connection is what I seek to bring into existence in my images, where “inner self” is un-veiled through vulnerability. The layering of my images, portraits blended with natural elements, embodies that divine connection.

My photography is both a window and a mirror, allowing me to explore life’s intricacies through my camera’s lens, revealing moments of raw beauty and revelation. Each of my series tells a story, whether it’s affirmations of new beginnings, a depiction of vulnerability and innocence, the contrasts between light and dark, or our human nature and aspects of the spiritual. As I share my own personal insights rooted in my faith, my photographs become transcendent visual statements that express my concerns by addressing notions of inner and outer beauty, strength and fragility and the ever-ongoing passage of time.

My images invite the viewer to make a connection, to dive beneath the surface to discover what’s there.

Monthly Competition

Competition Theme: Cell Phone

Competition Type: Members Vote

Competition Rules:
  • Members in good standing may submit one print photograph.
  • Photographs must have been taken within the previous 18 months.
  • Monthly and Quarterly contest winning photographs (those who have won ribbons) CAN NOT be re-submitted for another monthly contest.
  • Please write your name on the back of the photograph.
  • Photographs are to be no larger than 15 inches on a side (note: see panorama sizes).
  • Photographs are to be no smaller than 7 inches on a side.  Photographs with special printing techniques may be smaller.
  • For panorama images, defined as a photograph with a minimum 2:1 ratio long side to short, the maximum long side shall be no more than 20 inches.  For example, a 2:1 ratio image shall have a maximum size of 20 inches long side to 10 inches short side.  A 3:1 ratio image shall have a 20 inch maximum long side and 6 2/3 inch on the short side.  The maximum size mount/matte for a panorama photograph shall be no larger than 20 inches per side.
  • Photographs may be mounted or matted. Framed or gallery wrapped photographs are not allowed. The maximum size of a mount/matte shall not exceed 20 inches per side.
  • Photographs must represent the quarterly theme.
  • Attending CCB members in good standing will judge the photographs at the program meeting.  Members will vote for two photographs in each class.  The picture with the largest vote total in each class will receive 1st place, the picture with the second most vote total will receive 2nd place, and the picture with the third most vote total will receive 3rd place.  Rosette Ribbons will be awarded for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place plus honorable mentions.