About Me - Owens Daniels Photography

Owens Daniels visual artist/photographer/educator and face behind ODP Art & Design based in Winston Salem, NC. ​


Bold, Innovative and Creative Portraiture, Documentary and Contemporary Artworks that build bridges, promote cultural exchanges, and artistic endeavors between organizations, institutions and the diverse communities they serve.


Photographic career started at the U.S Army Photographic School of Cartography, learning the basics of photography and photo printing, in addition to my formal training, I worked for several years as a freelance photographer and from various other experiences. I extended my photographic career by fine-tuning the art of visual storytelling and developed my craft into a distinctive and decisive style one that continues to open doors such as lead artist for Z Smith Reynolds Presence Absence Project of Winston Salem, artist residency and photography instructor at Sawtooth School of Visual Arts as well as being awarded public art installations, grants, awards, exhibitions and commissions in photography and visual art.

I was first introduced to the power of art by my mother. I showed her a picture I had drawn, she smiled, pinned it on the refrigerator, pointed it out to everyone and said, "Look at what my baby has done." Later in life, my father gave me this piece of advice which guides my work to this day, "Everybody has a story to tell" son tell what you see.


Vision: To use the visual arts to express my interpretation of the world, and open unexplored spaces between the subject and viewer exposing them both to a world of opportunities and experiences. This objective can best be obtained with a focus on our commonalities which keeps us in the moment and stops us from fretting over the future or regretting the past.


Experience: Professional Portrait Photographer LifeTouch and OlanMills, Event Photographer for the University Of North Carolina School Of The Arts, Photography instructor for Winston Salem Sawtooth School Of Visual Arts and Staff Photographer Star of Zion Newspaper.

Member: Winston Salem’s Associated Artists, Art For Art Sake, ArtsWork Gallery and Thomas Kenan Institute Creative Lab 

Awards: Artist in Residence Sawtooth School Of Visual Arts, Z Smith Reynolds Lead Artist Presence Absence Project, 33rd Annual Community Service Arts Award Curator of the Arts, ArtPop Billboard Award, and Public Artwork installation Benton Convention Center.

Grants: Duke Energy Regional Artist Project, Z Smith Reynolds Presence Absence Project, Kenan Institute Creative Lab, Art For Art Sake Artist among many others   

Exhibitions: Southeastern Center for Contemporary art, McColl Center of Art and Innovation, New Winston and Cameron Museum, Light Factory, Allenton, Delta Fine Arts, Milton Rhodes, RedDog, Welborn and several other galleries and museums.

Loves: Rice, Chicken Wings, Travel, Miles Davis, Tech Stuff, Camera Gear, Walking, Working Out, Live Music, Art, Museums, Photography Books, Cooking, Conversations

Dislikes: Being Late, Cheap People, Milk, Traffic Jams, Poor Artwork, Creamy Things, Poor Planning, Unasked Opinions, Stepping In Dog Crap Thank you, Owens O. Daniels

Loves: Rice, Chicken Wings, Travel, Miles Davis, Tech Stuff, Camera Gear, Walking, Working Out, Live Music, Art, Museums, Photography Books, Cooking, Conversations  

Dislikes: Being Late, Cheap People, Milk, Traffic Jams, Poor Artwork, Creamy Things,  Poor Planning, Unasked Opinions, Stepping In Dog Crap,    

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