We had the good fortune of connecting with Dina Goldstein and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Dina, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
I was an editorial photographer for over 20 years when I decided to give up all of my commercial work and focus on my art practice. At that time digital photography was becoming more accessible and affordable. Art directors and content providers began to photograph their own images on digital cameras. The skills of professional photographers were devalued as the quality of images decreased. I wanted to make work that was unique to me and not easily reproducible.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I photograph complex narratives starring iconic and recognizable characters from the common imagination. The social commentary centres around cultural preconceived notions and exposes the underbelly of modern life. This to encourage dialogue and debate about inherent belief systems. I hope to move beyond the superficial in exposing our shared human condition. I think that a good work ethic made it possible for me to achieve much of my success as an artist. I come into the studio everyday regardless of whether I’m shooting or not. So much of my work depends on preparation and outreach. In the past, and still today, there are many challenges and disappointments. Nothing is perfect! Life is constantly challenging us…that’s what I try to relay in my art.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I live and work in one of the most beautiful cities in the world, Vancouver, Canada. We are fortunate to have an abundance of natural beauty and the outdoors to enjoy. You can see the mountains while laying on one of the many city beaches, and what a view it is! My studio is located in the vibrant community of East Vancouver. Commercial Drive (Little Italy) is close by with eclectic shops and cafes. We could go for a hike at any of the the local trails, in the surrounding city forests. There are also the usual tourist sights to enjoy like Granville Market, Gastown, The Capilano suspension bridge and lots of Indigenous art to discover.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
The positive response to my first large scale project Fallen Princesses encouraged me to continue on with my staged works. The unexpected recognition came from viewers, the media and curators. With two little kids at home it was my spouse Jonas that made it possible for me to continue creating more personal and ambitious projects. I work with big ideas and small budgets so the support of my community and volunteers is crucial to the success of my art.

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