My work “Notions of the City; Notes on a Place” consists of observations and thoughts about the city seen through the eyes of one protagonist—me.

I try to question and challenge my ways of seeing and experiencing my immediate surroundings, particularly the city I live in, Helsinki.

Notes on a Place #4. © Kimmo Metsäranta, Winner, LensCulture Emerging Talent Awards 2017

I want to break everyday patterns to avoid the obvious route from one place to another. To pay attention and give weight to the seemingly meaningless. To see what I have missed in the past. To wonder at the behaviour of my fellow citizens—as well as my own, sometimes unconscious, actions.

My aim is to take hold of my surroundings: to step out and truly see instead of merely looking.

—Kimmo Metsäranta

Metsäranta’s project was singled out by the jury of the Emerging Talent Awards 2017. See all of the inspiring projects from this year’s 50 talents!