Cyndi is an award winning Illustrative photographer who captures ideas.
She loves to create new worlds within her images, worlds that didn't exist before. Using sets, props and an innovative approach, she then brings it all together into a final piece through digital technology.


Biography

With a creative background stretching back to childhood (when she was known to vandalise the bedroom walls with crayon rabbit drawings and won 3rd prize in a photography competition at age 8), Cyndi went on to study a specific Art & Design stream for year 12.

After years of creative slumber working in a corporate environment, she obtained employment with one of Melbourne’s premiere bridal design houses and then eventually opened her own bridal boutique, creating unique hand crafted bridal gowns. Business took off and Cyndi’s gowns landed on the covers of five bridal magazines, shot by legendary wedding photographers such as Jerry Ghionis and Yervant. In this time, she also gained three Highly Commended Australian Achiever awards for excellence and won an Australian Bridal Industry Association award (with an unheard of perfect 100% score) for quality and service.

More recently, she has completed a Bachelor of Photography (following on from an Advanced Diploma - Art Major) at Photography Studies College in Melbourne, and won the 2015 Victorian Student of the Year at the Australian Institute of Professional Photography's Victorian Epson awards.

It’s not so much a love of picking up a camera and taking a picture, but the construction of an image that holds a fascination for her, either spending hours (or days) making props and constructing sets, or playing with total image manipulation and compositing elements to make something new. Creating another world or a fictional scene, quite often with a hint of humour or absurdity is where the fun lies for her; creating something that didn’t exist before.

Among Cyndi’s favourite things are extremely hot chillies and rollercoasters, as they help to satisfy the secret thrill seeker that lurks inside. Her Burmese cats love Photoshop too, as they always seem to crowd out the desk and ‘help’.

Awards & Exhibitions

Awards:

  • 3 x silver awards - Epson Victorian Professional Photography Awards 2016
  • Silver award with Distinction – Canon Aust Professional Photography Awards 2015
  • Silver award – Canon Australian Professional Photography Awards 2015
  • 2015 AIPP Victorian Epson Student Photographer of the Year
  • 3 x Gold awards - Epson Victorian Professional Photography Awards 2015
  • Winner (student category) - Capture magazine's 'Australia's Top Emerging Photographer' 2015
  • Winner - 'Conceptual/Experimental' student category - AX3 American Aperture Awards 2015
  • Silver award with Distinction – Canon Aust Professional Photography Awards 2014
  • Silver award – Canon Australian Professional Photography Awards 2014
  • 3 x silver awards - Epson Victorian Professional Photography Awards 2014
  • Silver award – Canon Australian Professional Photography Awards 2013

Exhibitions:

2017 –­ “Silence”group exhibition. Ballarat Photo Biennale

2016 – "Project 17' group exhibition, Yarra Sculpture Gallery, Abbotsford

2015 – 'The Power of the Image' group exhibition, Media House Gallery, The Age Building, Melbourne

2015 – PSC Popup Exhibition (Solo) - Southbank, Melbourne

2015 – Solo Exhibition, '(life) open to interpretation', Brunswick Street Gallery

2015 – 'Up Close and Personal' group exhibition, Queen Victoria Womens Centre, Melbourne

2014 – Summer Exhibition - Photography Studies College, Melbourne

2014 – Fresh 14 - Art Photography Group Exhibition

2014 – 40 x 40 - Brunswick Street Gallery

2014 – PSC Popup Exhibition – Southbank, Melbourne

2014 – Click 14 - Brunswick Street Gallery

2014 – Postcard Show – Linden Centre for Contemporary Arts

2014 – Winter exhibition - Photography Studies College, Melbourne

2013 – PMA Conference/Digital Show (Melbourne Exhibition Centre)

2013 – Winter Exhibition - Photography Studies College, Melbourne

2011 – Summer Exhibition - Photography Studies College, Melbourne


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