Gold 2016 People / Family

Solidifying Roots

  • Prize
    Gold in People/Family
  • Photographer
    Dale Niles

After both of my parents died, I found myself in possession of numerous heirlooms and things that would not mean anything to anyone else but me. They evoked a deluge of memories for me. In an effort to preserve these I started photographing these items, sometimes including my adult children with the items that pertained to their namesake or were somehow connected to them. It was a way for me to share my memories with my children and hopefully keep our heritage alive, solidifying roots.

Dale Niles was born in Norfolk, VA. 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.??