urban images

Broadening the Mind


So travel broadens the mind, well why am I still taking pictures of flaking paint? The truth is, it still excites me. Yes the truth is out, but I have come to realise that life is just one big contradiction. Now I know this is not rocket science, but from all the images I have taken over the 6 weeks of travelling with the family. I have realised there is a great deal of variety that makes me go ‘ooooh’ about.


Interest in Shadows


Between the idea
And the reality
Between the motion
And the act
Falls the Shadow
For Thine is the Kingdom

Between the conception
And the creation
Between the emotion
And the response
Falls the Shadow
Life is very long

Between the desire
And the spasm
Between the potency
And the existence
Between the essence
And the descent
Falls the Shadow


The words of T.S Elliot 1925

The leg of my daughter

Aesthetic Dilemma

Two images I found whilst in Sydney this weekend. Put together they sum up my studio dilemma, or maybe just form the material that informs my practice. The everyday use of things along with the forgotten use of ornamentation on homes that once was so important in their design and status. I see so much beauty in the unexpected daily utility and conversely admire the piece of added decoration on a front portico. How do the two come together as a body of work. Is this a case of thinking too hard?

Unitec Sunday May 5th photographs by Mandy Flood

What else  do you do on a sunny Sunday morning when the other half is at Wembley and I had children to entertain? So whilst the kids scootered within an inch of their life, I went snapping. The images are taken from quiet corners of Building 1. These are my inspirations. What’s inside? Behind? How does it come together? How has it fallen apart? Who saw it when it was first put there? Who walked past not seeing?

More than just pattern

A piece of inspiration

Found in Matakana

A piece of rusty decoration from a plant nursery in Matakana. What do you see? Circles with segments, stylised flowers, diamonds with curved edges or something else?  This has found itself into my work book as a source of inspiration as I am looking further into grilles and layering of  surfaces

Is the fog lifting

After 4 weeks of floundering around in my normal magpie manner I cautiously believe a point of light might be on the horizon.  An insightful tutorial from Richard Fahey has peeled back a few more layers and his erudite ability was able to tell me what I suspected for sometime. Basically, the duality of my practice. A crazy cluttered, kleptomaniac who wants some ‘pretty’ things that look old and abandoned