My name is Alessandra Mignardi, I am an independent photographer specialized in photographing people, food, products and in reportages.
I come originally from Italy and since 2006 I live in Tilburg, the Netherlands, with my husband and our three children. Geen zorgen, ik spreek vloeiend Nederlands.
I have a masters degree in political science and in development studies: my dream was to become a Humanitarian Aid project manager. On my 26th I fulfilled that dream: in Iraq during the regime of Saddam Hussein, then in India 2 and half years with the United Nations, and finally in Afghanistan after September 11, 2001. Just in case you are wondering where I took those world photos, I did travel a lot in “my previous life” and I always took my camera with me.
When I became pregnant, 12 years ago, we decided to live in the Netherlands and we ended up in Tilburg. I had the opportunity to stop my work, develop my managerial skills as mother (my children are now 7, 9 and 11 years old) and further develop my passion to become professional photographer.
Between 2004 and 2005 I worked in Afghanistan with a Humanitarian Organizaion. During a long weekend in spring 2004 with a few brave and adventurous (read irresponsible) colleagues and the Dutch guy who later became by husband, we drove to the inner region of Bamyan, where the Buddha caves are, those destroyed by the Talibans.
We also visited the breathtaking blue lakes of Band-e-Amir, sometimes we had to stay in the car since on the fields there is still chance you walk on a land mine.
With my first digital camera, a CANON Powershot G5, I took this photo.