Dad has a wall of albums – literally. He had bookshelves built to cover an entire wall, and it’s filled with hundreds of thousands (millions!?) of photographs in old-fashioned, hard-cover albums. Colour-coded; dated and labelled on the spine so we know exactly where to look for particular photograph.
It’s a way of remembering years gone by – realising that I probably wasn’t as fat as I thought in high school, and reminiscing about the family pets – Mincie and Percy.
I grew up with a photo-nut, with the formal family portrait every year, holidays at the beach with us kids lined up on a surfboard, or on an old stone wall, or just saying “Dad – enough!!”
We had photos as decorations all around the house. Photos of holidays and pristine lakes and old dilapidating farm houses…
These days, my home has become just like this.
I have so many photos printed that I have to store them in the spare room, sifting through every few months to swap the photos on the walls around. The joy I get from printing the photos and seeing them up on the wall, is only surpassed by the times spent capturing these irreplaceable moments.
I live, eat and breathe photography.
I have a number of cameras that I use, from the newest Canon 5D MkII, to the 80s Polaroid, and the Pentax MZ 50 film camera. I have several too, that no longer work, but I just can’t bring myself to part with them. I even love taking photos with my iPhone’s Hipstamatic App, although I don’t like admitting it
Commission photography includes work done for The Flying Fish Cafe, Qantas Magazine, WOMADelaide, O’Leary Walker Wines, Oxfam, The Montefiore Group, Adelaide University, UniSA, SIDS and Kids as well as many weddings and other personal shoots.
- Collaborative First Prize – Inaugural World Art Prize and Competition held by the Multicultural Society of SA, 2008
- Silver Award – Open Section – Abstract/Illustrative – International Aperture Awards, 2009
- 2 x Bronze Awards – Open Section – Weddings – International Aperture Awards, 2010Bronze Award – Open Section – Science & Nature – International Aperture Awards, 2010
- 6 x Bronze Awards – Landscape – The Landscape 500, 2010
“Mandi is an exceptional, creative photographer. Her journalistic style and exquisite ability to capture the most important moments and details of her subjects is extremely rare. Her positive attitude and friendly personality allow her to achieve the best from every situation. It is always a pleasure working with her and truly exciting & rewarding to take delivery of the images she shoots.”
~ Timothy Downing
“There is a difference between a photographer and an artist. You are an artist who happens to use a camera.“
~ Andy Williams, photograher