Buddy and Blanche from "Lives Revisited" series
DESCRIPTIONI combine different subjects together to create a collage using old photographs of my family or photographs of people I do not know that were among the boxes and boxes of photographs that were found while packing up of my parents home. I combine the photos of people with landscapes and animals that I have taken. Using these elements is a way of giving a second life for the animals and the people. When weaving them together I am spinning a story in my head hoping that anyone that sees them also creates their own story. After combining all the elements together I meld them together with textures.
Adding textures to my images gives them a new dimension, a painterly quality. It often transforms the image into how I visualized what I was photographying. My grandmother was a painter and she usually painted with a darker palette, often encouraging the viewer to look closer at what they are seeing. She was an influence in the way I often do textures. As I was also once a painter, working in this medium is an extension of that process for me.
AUTHORDale 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
She has exhibited across the United States, Canada and Venice, Italy. 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 Light and Shadow Magazine, SXSE Magazine, Shots, Lenscratch, The Hand Magazine and Oxford America.
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.