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Dale Niles is a Georgia based artist who was 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 in shows across the United States as well as Canada and Venice, Italy. She has had solo shows in Rankin Gallery in Columbus, Ga; Lamar Art Gallery in Barnsville, GA; Horace Williams House in Chapel Hill, NC; Brickworks Gallery in Atlanta, GA; Arts Clayton in Jonesboro, GA; and an upcoming show at Cochran Gallery in LaGrange, GA. Her work is part of numerous personal collections as well as public collections at MOCA GA.
Her photographs have been featured in publications including Light and Shadow Magazine, SXSE Magazine, Shots, Lenscratch, The Hand Magazine and Oxford America.
In 2018, Dale’s work was selected for Critical Mass Top 200, 2018 ACP Ones To Watch, the Fence which was exhibited in 8 states across the United States as well as Calgary, Canada and the Virginia Twainam Smith Purchase award. She received the gold award in Moscow International awards; honorable mention in the family category of the International Photography Awards; first place in Santa Fe Photographers summer exhibition; honorable mention in the Nature category for International Photography awards; 7 honorable mentions in the Chromatic awards in 2017 and second place and an honorable mention in the Chromatic awards in 2018. She was part of a selected exhibit at the Atlanta International Airport 2018.
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 quite eclectic in the subjects I choose to shoot, anything is fair game. I look to create 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 the 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.