Thursday, May 26, 2011
Photos: World traveler Gail Nogle debuts new Dallas photo exhibit at Old Red Museum
Rescuing Old Red opens Memorial Day weekend.
DALLAS Photographer Gail Nogle is a bartering woman. Trading impromptu photographs for whimsical smiles, she travels the world taking pictures of people in their cultural settings. Nogle has loved photography since age 8, and in this very digital age, she is one of the few who photographs primarily in film.
“[So] when digital came along, I kept saying I’m not going digital. I don’t want to do digital,” says Nogle. She quickly realized, however, that if she did not want to be left behind, she would have to step into the digital world. So she took a couple of classes and enlisted the expertise of others -- yet still, sitting in front of the computer is not something she wants to do. “I don’t want to miss anything. I want to photograph people in their cultures. That’s my passion; that’s my love,” she said.
She now uses digital while on location but has not yet allowed it in the studio. The colors are more intense when using film, she says, as evident in the photo of a wisteria from her fine art flower collection. The depth and vibrancy of the colors are certainly a testament to using film.
Nogle had her first experience handling 35 mm film as a teen while hanging film in the neighbor’s basement darkroom during one of her babysitting jobs. She got her big start when she applied to work for Gittings Portrait Studio in Dallas after college and was hired. For the next 14 years she honed her skills, learning to bring out the extraordinary in even the most ordinary. She’s been in her present studio, on Inwood Road in Dallas, since 1994.
Over the years, Nogle has traveled across the globe snapping pictures of Tibetan monks, Julia Fairchild, and even Larry Hagman. Of all of her travels, she says Africa was her favorite. “I have no problem walking into someplace, cold … and just start talking and just start taking pictures,” she says. For Nogle, being able to capture the moment is the greatest joy. In exchange for a smile or pose, Nogle is known for sending (or personally delivering) finished photographs to those she has taken pictures of. Through this practice, she has built relationships with people all over the world.
In her upcoming exhibit Rescuing Old Red, Nogle has chronicled the work of the recent restoration of Dallas’ Old Red Museum. It will open on May 28 and shows until October 30; it features 25 photos representing the contributions of the Crystal Charity Ball to the restoration effort of the museum.
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