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Dale Niles is a Georgia based artist born in Norfolk, Virginia. She is known for her diverse photographic interpretations from her black/white and color photographs to her montage storytelling collage photographs.
She received her BA in sociology from Lenoir Rhyne College in Hickory, NC. Upon graduation she interned as a probation officer but realized this was not her calling. While doing several other vocations she continued her personnel interests which included painting, sculpting and photography, realizing that photography was her art of choice.
She has exhibited across the United States, Canada and Venice, Italy and Paris. Horace Williams House in Chapel Hill, NC; Brickworks Gallery in Atlanta, GA; and Cochran Gallery in LaGrange, GA. Her works are part of the permanent collections at MOCA GA. She has had work exhibited at Rfotofolio's Depth of Field Exhibition-Center for Photographic Art, Carmel, CA, Civic Center-South Bend, Indiana and Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, FL.
Niles has been featured in publications including Lenscratch, Shots, The Hand Magazine, Oxford America, SXSE Magazine, Light and Shadow Magazine
PX3 (Prix De La Photographie Paris)-Gold in fine Art/Collage and second place winner in Fine Art -2019-2020, a selection of work exhibited at Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida; selected for Critical Mass Top 200, 2018 ACP Ones To Watch, the Fence, Atlanta International Airport and the Virginia Twainam Smith Purchase award.
I have taken photos for over 40 years, from film to digital, from wet darkroom to the digital darkroom of the computer.
Photography is one way that I am able to experience the moment and reconnect with myself. I am eclectic in the subjects I choose to shoot, anything is fair game. I look to fabricate a story when I shoot or create an image. I like to spin a tale.
My wish is that my imagery creates an intimate conversation that takes the viewer to a place of quiet contemplation because it is my visual representation of conversation and feelings. I like to add humor where I can.
My photography creates a legacy of all the things that I am privileged to experience in my time here. The fragility of life is a catalyst for me to do what I can to preserve it one shot at a time and in doing so I hope that it says that I too existed. I had an accident when I was younger where I nearly lost my sight in one eye and I believe that has made me want to visually soak up everything I see and preserve it.
I was born in Norfolk, Virginia and raised in small North Carolina towns. I spent my younger years moving from place to place as my dad was a civil engineer who designed bridges and my family moved once the job was completed. Since graduating from college I have moved around from Virginia to North Carolina to Tennessee and I now reside in Fayette County Georgia.