Mary Meskell won joint Bronze for her series of images from a body of work entitled ‘In-Between Places’.
“The work endeavours to express the emotional isolation I felt as a child and the sense of loss at not having a close emotional relationship with my father, who died in 1989.
I returned to my family home to take the shots. I grew up viewing the world through the broken cameras he gave me to play with. For this reason I took them all at a child’s height. The latin titles give reference to his love of Latin.
My father’s shed was a place I was not allowed into. Outside the shed looking in but never being allowed in is a symbol of our relationship and how detached I felt.
The dichotomy of being outside looking in or inside looking out is a recurring theme in my work. There is a deliberate absence of the human figure to evoke a sense of the invisibility of one who feels isolated or ‘out of place’.”