Claudia Hans won Silver in the single image category of My Back Yard 5 with an image which was also shot in Toluca, Mexico. She was drawn to the competition, intrigued by the brief which asked the photographer to share a personal part of his life and show the things that capture his attention in the places that surround him. “What you see in the images are a piece of who we are and where we come from,” she says.
Talking about her winning image, she says: “This image in particular reminds me of the beauty and perfection of nature. It’s amazing the beautiful compositions you can find in the simplest things. I believe that what makes this image so strong is the continuous rhythm that it has. It’s an aerial photo and when I was looking at the fields I couldn’t believe how different they looked from above. If you drive through that freeway, you don’t get to see those beautiful shapes.”
Claudia is a fine art photographer but also likes to work with specific commissions, because she feels she can learn a lot from them.
Currently, Claudia is working on a project called “The End” that explores the topic of death. “I decided to work on this because death is a very controversial issue and the only experience that we all share,” she tells us. “The truth is that because of death, we learn to appreciate and enjoy life because we know that some day is going to end. I’m also working a project called “Abandoned Memories” where I’m shooting old houses that are about to be demolished to become commercial plazas. It’s very frustrating to know that a place full of memories is going to be destroyed forever. Every time I go in there, I get to evaluate my life and I hope that I can fill my own house with good experiences and happy memories.”