Artist in Focus: Nick Dale
When was the first time you realised you are a photographer?
I wanted to be a photographer when I was 15, but my mother said I could always take it up later – so that was that for 30 years! Here’s to what might have been…
Do you have any photograph that you are particularly proud of?
I took a picture of a bear catching salmon at Brooks Falls in Alaska that won a weekly prize in the Audley Travel/Sunday Times photographic competition.
What do you feel the aim of your photography is?
I like to capture the beauty and power of wildlife, particularly predators such as the big cats.
What question about your work do you get most often?
“What camera do you have?”
What do you consider to be a highlight of your career so far?
Watching the bears catching salmon in Alaska
Do you have a favourite animal? Which one has surprised you most?
I used to like the cheetah, but now I prefer the tiger, having seen it in the wild in India recently.
What are some of your favourite experiences as an artist?
I like to be out taking photographs of wildlife. The most exciting moment was when a cheetah was hunting an impala in Kenya, and my driver and I were racing along at 40mph trying to keep up!
What would be some tips you would give to a beginning photographer?
Beg, borrow or steal a DSLR, take as many pictures as you can and find your niche. Once you’ve done that, you can set up a website, get business cards and sign up with a few galleries and agencies to try to sell your work.
Don’t miss Nick Dale’s exhibition at our Pimlico gallery!
The exhibition runs 20-25th of November, with a Private View on Thursday 22nd of November where you can meet Nick himself!
Register your attendance here.