Architecture - NOMINEE: Zoe Wetherall
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More than half of us now live in urban areas, but cities can be stressful places. Compared to those living in the country, city-dwellers suffer a higher risk of developing mental illnesses such as depression and anxiety, often brought on by the stress of crowding, invasion of personal space, hectic commutes, cramped living and working spaces, noise, pollution, and disorganization.
Cities are a complicated and messy ecosystem all on their own, and with their layering and confusion, they can be visually exhausting too. But when the clutter is sorted away, I believe that the mash-up of buildings hides views of peace. My work is to find them.
I like to shoot cities with the aim of creating abstract depictions of structures, highlighting form by focusing on detail and eliminating the surrounding environment. I represent these everyday structures in a way that defines them as an orderly series of lines and shapes, stripping them of their original meaning, as well as taking away any familiarity and preconceptions the viewer may have.
My way of seeing the world can turn a familiar building into something new, interesting, and even soothing. My aim is to help sort the clutter of cities and show beauty in modern architecture’s precision and repetition. By creating order from chaos, I hope to identify and support good urban design and architecture that help cities become better places for people.