Mette Juul’s winning My Backyard 3 image was taken from her flat in Copenhagen. With its title already “Backyard”, she thought that the image suited the competition perfectly.
“I think this image appeals since it works on different levels,” explains Mette. ”It has the birds’ perspective from which the objects in the backyard seem almost miniature. You can find details in this image every time you look. On another level it is about what we can not see: the people that inhabit the space. You see where they have been walking through the traces in the snow they have left behind, which will of course melt. I think this how this image becomes interesting.”
Mette was educated as a photographer at the Glasgow School of Art and returned to her home in Denmark last year where she has joined Gallery Spark, an artist run gallery in Copenhagen. She is enjoying the experience of working with her own art as well as others’ work.
“My aim as a photographer is to make images that have a meaning without telling too much,” says Mette. “Sometimes the simplest story is the best.”
Mette is currently working on her Masters degree at the Royal College of Art in London. She is also having a book published in Denmark, relating to an exhibition she has at Gallery Image in Denmark. This is her third solo show. “I am very excited about it,” she says. “I will be working with slides as well as photography. A lot of my work is about travelling, moving and experiencing: I do that all the time, so my work is continuous.”