Love through the Lens of my Late Dad

Sylvia Bandyke's avatar Sylvia Bandyke

My dad, Ted Bandyke, was an avid amateur photographer before his death in 1983. Using color slide technology, he took many every day family shots during the 60’s and 70’s. While I liked them at the time, they seem more precious to me at present with the passage of so many decades. So to honor and thank him for the interest in photography that he encouraged in me, I decided to devote my ArtPrize entry to my dad this year. Last year, I focused on my mother and now have completed the family tribute. In compiling this collage, I went through zillions of his slides and pulled out a handful that touched me for whatever reason. My dad does not appear in any of them as he was always behind the camera. Together they express the untold feelings of the reserved man who looked through the lens. They show he was there all the while, noting – with quiet love – our fun activities and vacations, our youthful good looks, and even the beauty of his own backyard. I hope you enjoy looking at my family photos. Moreover, I hope they remind you of happy times with your own family as captured on film/other media or just in your memory.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 2-D
  • Depth: 1 inch
  • Medium: Photography
  • Width: 36 inches
  • Year created: 2016
  • Height: 24 inches