Nature Photographer Dale Nichos: March Spotlight Artist
Dale Nichols is renowned for his crisp, focused photographs of landscapes, taken in Florida and beyond, He is the March Spotlight Artist at the Downtown Art Gallery, 335 S. Washington Ave. in historic downtown Titusville. An exhibit of his nature will be on display all month at this fine art gallery featuring local artists..
Born in Indiana, Dale grew up in Florida. As a teenage stargazer, he ban photographing the night sky through a telescope, developing the images himself. Dale was inspired by Ansel Adams and followed in his footsteps, literally, taking many trips to photograph the mountains of Wyoming and the iconic landscapes of the Southwest. He also admires Florida legend Clyde Butcher. Like them Dale likes yo hike and wait for the perfect shot.
Dale has mastered many cameras including a large format, 8 x 10 sheet camera which is unwieldy but gives amazing, precise photos. Now his digital camera can rival that detail and information. Retirement didn’t slow him down. He continues to to document his intense observations of nature, whether it is broad vistas or tiny details. Although he primarily does landscapes, Dale says “ If a bird or animal happens along, that’s a bonus.” He credits photography for keeping him mentally engaged and active. He loves the marshes and mangroves of Merritt Island where he volunteers at the Wildlife Refuge and donates his talents to environmental causes.
Dale’s work can be viewed at the Downtown Art Gallery, Monday thru Friday from 10 am to 5 pm and Saturday 11 am to 3 pm. For more information call 321-268-0122.