Today we’d like to introduce you to Dina Lockridge.
Dina, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
Mother| Photographer | Artist | Feminist | Sorcière At three-years-old, I received my first film camera from my grandmother and I haven’t stopped exploring, mastering, and finding new ways to marry my fine art background with my photography (http://www.feminasaga.com/). I’m a mixed media artist best known for my large-scale, colorful captures of rock stars, feminine beauty, sensuality, and empowerment. Raised in Greenwich, Connecticut, and New York City, I moved West to the mountains of Malibu over a decade ago. I have a love of the sacred feminine capturing moments of surreal beauty most often in nature or underwater that is inspired to leave the beholder mesmerized and the muse or artist empowered.
Color is an important aspect of all of my artwork whether it be my fine art paintings, my photography or my hand-painted photographs. Music has always been a great love of mine and an intricate part of my creative process. Each photo shoot is conceived to a particular song and that song is repeated throughout the editing process infusing it with harmonic consistency and feeling. I have always been inspired to empower women, especially in the arts so I created and run a nonprofit, WOMBYIN (www.wombyin.com), a curated collection featuring female and LGBTQIA artists, photographers, poets, directors, dancers, and musicians to host creative fundraising events to fund anti-human trafficking.
Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Femina Saga and Wombyin – what should we know?
My photography company, Femina Saga (www.feminasaga.com), means wise woman in Latin. I’m a mixed media artist best known for my large-scale, colorful captures of rock stars, feminine beauty, sensuality, and empowerment. I specialize in oversized custom fine art photography prints. Some are hand-painted, some are digitally enhanced with textures, overlays, dreamy color, and grain. With so many incredible photographers in the world and even more so because of social media (which wasn’t in existence when I began my career), I am most proud of my unique perspective on creating an image. Sure, I can take good photos but my pride and passion come from truly making into art. My editing process takes hours and I’m meticulous about the feel of the finished photo having a dreamy, ethereal tone. I’m also very proud that after every shoot my muse feels so beautiful, empowered and full of self-love. My art has always been a collaboration. There is always that moment when I’m shooting with my muse(s) and we know we’ve broken through their self-consciousness and inhibition. When we cross that threshold that’s when the magick happens.
My nonprofit WOMBYIN (www.wombyin.com), is something I am extremely proud of. The take on the name is something I created because we all come from the womb and the yin is the Eastern philosophical principle of the feminine. I have an amazing partner, Jessy Covets, and team and we search for upcoming and well-established female and LGBTQIA artists, musicians, poets, and photographers, branching out into directors and dancers soon. We host fundraising events which all proceeds go to thwarting human trafficking. As a mother to two young daughters, eight and six-years-old, coupled with my lifelong passion of feminism I look to inspire and support upcoming and well-known creators to be a part of this community of giving back. With the current climate of #metoo and #timesup, issues I am extremely passionate about I wanted to create and contribute in my own way. WOMBYIN is something I will pass down to my daughters one day. I grew up in a philanthropy-filled family and I intend to keep that going. We have some big plans brewing so keep tuned!
Any shoutouts? Who else deserves credit in this story – who has played a meaningful role?
My grandmother was my favorite person in my life. She gave me my first camera when I was three-years-old and at 42, I haven’t put one down. We often spent time taking photographs together, doing art, or ceramics. She always encouraged my art and made me believe in myself. She also put me on my path into feminism. She was a strong, witty woman who talked to everyone everywhere and was passionate about social issues. She cared for children and the elderly and took in two gay friends of my aunt that were kicked out for coming out to their parents. She was a warrioress and had the most wonderful giving heart. In June, it will be two years since she passed and to say I miss her everyday would be a massive understatement but I’m so very grateful to have her spirit and soul influence my life.
My other inspiration is my biggest fan, my husband, Adam. He is kind, strong, funny, creative, and one of the most amazing feminists I know. He supports me and my art endlessly and is the most extraordinary father to our two daughters. He is an award-winning television director and while I spend my life in stills he spends his creating art in moving images. His creativity and vision inspire me daily and his love is unparalleled.
- Website: www.feminasaga.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dinalockridge/?hl=en
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/feminasaga/
- Other: www.wombyin.com