Emerging Artists

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Salticidae, digital photography, 2017

Neva Nadine Nobles-Alder was born in Tampa, Florida in 1989 and moved to the Outer Banks of North Carolina in 1999. Neva works predominantly with digital photography, utilizing macro photographic techniques, with a specific interest in insects, arachnids, mosses, lichen, and fungi.

Her work seeks to inspire curiosity and bring awareness to overlooked small scale flora and fauna through beautiful imagery. Neva completed a BFA at East Carolina University, School of Art and Design in Greenville, NC in 2017.

In her own words:

"Curio-Physis" is part of an ongoing exploration of my long-time obsession with micro life, such as insects, plants, and fungi. I spent much of my time as a child with woodland exploration and collecting insects; as an adult, the difference is that I photographically collect these tiny treasures. Nearly everything I photograph is related to the natural world.

I am especially interested in showing the beauty and intrigue of creatures often met with revulsion and/or fear. I began working on this project in 2014 and restrict myself to one particular area at a time, as an entomological survey of sorts. I believe this aspect is particularly important, in that there is so much biodiversity to be examined and appreciated within a small locale.

The world of "micro-life" is fascinating to me and want my imagery to encourage people to slow down and really take in all that nature offers; not just the immediate gratification of "big nature".

Neva's website

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