"An artist’s duty, as far as I’m concerned, is to reflect the times." 

Nina Mosley Art by Jessica Pridgen

(Pictured right, Self Portrait)

"A Renaissance Artist"

Published, Award-winning freelance fine art, lifestyle & editorial artist photographer, film-maker & creative director in Raleigh, NC by way of Washington, DC .

The name, derives from my love of two Ninas, the film Love Jones' fictional character, Nina Mosley & singer/activist Nina Simone. I've used the moniker for more than 10 years on social networking circles because I've always felt a connection to the character. The two Ninas paralleled to me, Nina was a gifted black female photographer living in Chicago who was smart, well-rounded and creative. They were both renaissance women that loved black culture, music, books, poetry, art and literature. 

I love working with new techniques & mediums. My favorite subjects to shoot are still life, black  culture,  fashion + style. I am an avid street style photographer.  I love the art of street style + editorials. I love seeing how women & men wear articles of clothing, each piece really is like art to me. The shoes are my favorite. I am intrigued by the shapes & colors and how the camera captures each garment. 

My experience comes from shadowing & assisting some great photographers as well as years of education, working and volunteering in art galleries & museums. 

I am at my happiest when I am creating.

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An artist’s duty, as far as I’m concerned, is to reflect the times. I think that is true of painters, sculptors, poets, musicians. As far as I’m concerned, it’s their choice, but I CHOOSE to reflect the times and situations in which I find myself. That, to me, is my duty. And at this crucial time in our lives, when everything is so desperate, when everyday is a matter of survival, I don’t think you can help but be involved. Young people, black and white, know this. That’s why they’re so involved in politics. We will shape and mold this country or it will not be molded and shaped at all anymore. So I don’t think you have a choice. How can you be an artist and NOT reflect the times? That to me is the definition of an artist.