Perceptions

I seem to be drawn towards nostalgic themes, old homes, things connected to family, people’s collections of things but I love photographing people.  People are such interesting creatures and make such interesting subjects.  They add a different element to a photo for me.  The human factor is so alluring to me.  A bit voyeuristic perhaps.  I was the quiet one in my family, usually observing my surroundings rather than being vocal.  I believe a lot can be learned by observing. I enjoy observing people and human characteristics.  Sometimes viewing from afar and sometimes photographing during a session.
© Dale Niles

© Dale Niles

© Dale Niles

© Dale Niles

© Dale Niles

© Dale Niles

Photographing on the streets I am usually attracted to people by themselves who appear to be lost in thought.  It is interesting to me that even in the hustle and bustle of such populated cities as New York I see people that are by themselves-even in a crowd.  Certain things speak to me, I spin a story in my head of the person that I have had a momentary connection with.
© Dale Niles

© Dale Niles

© Dale Niles

© Dale Niles

© Dale Niles

© Dale Niles

© Dale Niles

© Dale Niles

When I am in a photography session I engage in conversation while shooting in hopes of capturing the person in a moment less guarded and expressions so much more than a smile for the camera.  It is nothing you can plan on, you just have to capture it when it happens.

 

© Dale Niles

© Dale Niles

© Dale Niles

© Dale Niles

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Today’s guest is yet another of our ‘Georgia friends,’ as we fondly refer to a small group of women photographers with whom we have become acquainted.  Grateful for the new friendship and very appreciative of her talent, we welcome Dale Niles as our guest today.

On her web site Dale says:

“When I was growing up things would happen and I would take them for granted just assuming that things go on without changing.  I suppose I thought “I will be able to do that or see that again”.  As I have grown older, I have noticed that things constantly change and opportunities do not always arise again. Life is busy, different opportunities arise and some people leave our lives forever and life goes on. Taking photos for me is a way to freeze time, give permanence to existence, and visually preserve a memory.

Being behind a camera takes me to another place, it makes me really see. I feel like an explorer, looking for something.  I sometimes rely on serendipitous moments when I am photographing. Sometimes you find it, sometimes you don’t.   But when you do, everything comes together and it is a feeling of triumph.  A feeling that I have fully captured all of the moment.”

Thank you, Dale, for taking the time to share with us at f/4 Studio.

 

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