Honorable Mention / 2020 / Architecture / Buildings

Vertical Living

  • Photographer
    Katherine Young

More than 80% of Singapore's population live in public housing (HDB) flats located in large housing estates. Each block is considered a vertical community with common area built to promote social interaction. They have become an integral part of Singapore and their architecture is something I find alluring. One of such developments is located in Yung Kuang Road. The four blocks known as the diamond blocks were constructed in the 1970s by Jurong Town Corporation in order to house their employees. The 21-storey development escaped demolition and is currently used to house low-income families.

Katherine Young is a fine art photographer currently based in London.

Her interest in photography started at an early age however it has only been in the last four years that Katherine took her hobby more seriously. As a self-taught photographer, Katherine began with travel photography, concentrating on urban landscapes and people, aiming to capture the essence of each of the places she has visited. Inspired by the contemporary architecture of Singapore, Katherine focused her attention on cityscapes and architecture, often using HDR photography to emphasise the vibrance and beauty of the city-state.

Katherine’s real passion is black-and-white photography as she feels that monochromatic images have a surreal and timeless quality which leaves a striking impact on the viewer. Without the distraction of colour, the photograph looks cleaner and reveals the very soul of the subject. Katherine believes that contemporary architecture with its straight lines, dramatic angles and polished surfaces, is particularly well suited to her style of photography and enables her to fully express her vision. She is fascinated by the way 'light illuminates and shadow defines' such structures and brings them to life.

Awards 2020
- Budapest International Foto Awards (bifa) - Silver and Bronze Awards, Architecture;
- Xposure International Photography and Film Awards - Nomination, Architecture;
- Prix de la Photographie, Paris (px3) - Second Place, Gold and Silver Awards Architecture;
- Moscow International Foto Awards (mifa) - Gold and Silver Awards, Architecture;

2019
- Sony World Photography Awards - Shortlisted, Open Architecture;
- Moscow International Foto Awards (mifa) - Bronze Award, Architecture;
- Prix de la Photographie, Paris (px3) - Silver Award, Architecture;
- International Photography Awards (ipa) - Architecture Photographer of the Year (First Place, Architecture and First Place Abstract Architecture);
- Budapest International Foto Awards (bifa) - Gold and Silver Awards, Architecture;
- Chromatic Awards - Third Place, Architecture and Cityscapes;
- Tokyo International Foto Awards (tifa) - Silver and Bronze Medals, Architecture;

2018
- Fine Art Photography Awards (FAPA) - Third Place, Architecture;
- Moscow International Foto Awards (mifa) - Silver and Bronze Awards, Architecture;
- Prix de la Photographie, Paris (px3) - Silver Award, Architecture;
- International Photography Awards (ipa) - Second and Third Place, Architecture;
- Chromatic Awards - First Place, Architecture;
- Tokyo International Foto Awards (tifa) - First Place and Gold Medal, Architecture;

2017
- Sony World Photography Awards - Commendation, Open Architecture;