Mandel photographed unsuspecting strangers, then crumpled and re-photographed the printed images against a black background. The resulting portraits are at once ordinary, unsettling and grotesque.
Jonathan Cherry interviewed Mandel about his influences and inspirations:
For the amount of slack photographers get for using and/or posting on Flickr, I’m constantly surprised and impressed with the work I happen to stumble across while killing time online. Many are from Russia for some reason. I also throughly enjoy family Flickr accounts, the ones that more or less appear to be used as storage and not meant to be shared – it’s like finding the modern day discarded family photo album.