About the Artist
I am convicted portraits should be taken seriously. To show someone's likeness is great, but to capture the spirit and strength is something special. Every person has gifts they pass on to the next generation. You get to show the future generations what they are made of.
Linawa, 38 years old, was surrounded by black & white photography literally since she was born. It was at this time her father, Ric Savid, started in photography and built a darkroom in their home. Unbeknownst to her, she was being heavily influenced by photographers such as Sally Mann, Henri Cartier-Bresson, and Diane Arbus.
"Kids today don't know what boredom is... but being bored led to creativity. I can't tell you how many times I have seen artists' work in my lifetime; leafing through the same photography books over and over as a kid. Photography books were everyone in our home! We weren't allowed to watch tv much so if we were bored we had three choices: Create, read, or do chores. I became quite creative and an avid reader."
During high school Linawa worked in her father's photography store where the locals could buy darkroom and film materials plus rent darkroom time in addition to taking classes (which she also taught with her father).
"I learned to develop film before using a camera. I liked the quiet time. It's really something you do alone. Some of my best memories are of listening to music while in the darkroom. Nothing bothered me there. It is quite therapeutic."
Linawa loves to showcase children as strong people as well as with their loved ones such as a sibling or a parent.
"People are so important. When you place a dignified portrait of a child in the home, I guarantee they know they are seen. I sometimes felt invisible. I am ok with my past though. It's a wonderful thing to mix hurts with creativity and passion. I am truly blessed to do what I do."
Linawa is married to her best friend and has 4 children ranging from toddler to teens. Her studio is in downtown Clearwater. If she had spare time, you would catch her watching Netflix.
She also still has unexposed black and white film.
When not holding a camera, you can find Linawa holding a coffee.