One from the archives. Whilst this photo was taken in early 2009, the sentiment is as relevant today as ever – perhaps more so. An old village near the center of town – that’s the Petronas Twin Towers in the background – was demolished to make way for a new commercial complex. I also see the image as a metaphor for development: first take the easy bits, then when that’s not enough, move on to encroaching on nature; finally, end up with a soulless concrete jungle. Who knows what happened to the people who used to live here? If they’re lucky, they’ll be compensated a fraction of the value of their land, and forced to move on elsewhere, splitting up the community and probably creating a gambling or drinking problem because they don’t know what else to do with the money. Most of the traditional way of life is already waning as a consequence of the modern societal drive for ‘more, better’ – the vast majority of people I work with and encounter today are happy to sacrifice plenty in the quest for riches.
Curiously though, the younger generation seems to be rediscovering the importance of passion in work, ethical values and sustainability – or perhaps it’s just the same rebellious antiestablishment thing done by youths everywhere. I think it’s a good thing. People aren’t machines (though many big companies secretly wish they were so, even if they publicly proclaim otherwise) MT