In this project, taxidermied and live animals are combined with landscape photos and other elements. The idea came to me as a way to portray animals in a formal portrait of sorts, be it humorous or serious. The montage is a way of giving second life to the animals. It shows a different way of viewing them, as I often put them in an environment where they would not normally be seen. 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 photos and fragments, I meld them together with textures. Adding textures to my images gives them a new dimension, the painterly quality of a formal portrait. Since I was once a painter, working in this medium is an extension of that process for me.
Dale Niles was born in Norfolk, Virginia. She received her BA in sociology from Lenoir Rhyne College in Hickory, North Carolina. Upon graduation, she interned as a probation officer.
Niles’ recent and upcoming exhibits include APG Gallery for Portfolio 2018, Brickworks Gallery in Atlanta, Depth of Field in Carmel, California; Arts Clayton Gallery in Jonesboro, Georgia; Slow Exposures in Georgia, the Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia (MOCA GA) in Atlanta, Rankin Gallery in Columbus, Georgia; and Horace Williams House in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
Online, her work has appeared in NYC4PA “One” exhibit, Chromatic Photo Awards, International Photography awards, Santa Fe Workshops, and Moscow International Foto Awards.
Publications include Light and Shadow Magazine, SXSE Magazine, Shots, and Oxford America.