||This project started
back in January 2006 with the primary goal to record in photographs
Malaysia's fast disappearing (pre WW2) built heritage. I love
the history of these old buildings, the objects within them
and the stories they can tell.
It's a sad fact that so many of these
amazing structures in their vast array of different architectural
styles, are largely not seen as anything worth saving. Many
locations are merely left vacant, abandoned and ultimately
demolished. It really has become a race against time to track
these places down before they disappear.
I also document modern built structures, my favorite being
abandoned shopping malls. Being inside these large structures
of retail that are devoid of any human life is strangely fascinating.
These types of large abandonments are the result of various
financial crisis and developer follies that date as far back
as 20 years ago.
In the next 10 years, seeing as how the mistakes and attitudes
of the past are perhaps being repeated again, we may see another
round of abandonments on an even larger scale just on the
horizon. Until that time, I watch potential locations being
constructed today and can only wait and wonder.