Within the last few years nothing has made quite such a dramatic impact on the natural Malaysian landscape as large scale land reclamation’s have done.
It’s been both fascinating and disturbing to witness how fast once familiar scenes of ‘home’, have been transformed and or completely destroyed.
For this to happen, vast amounts of sand has been mined, transported and dumped out to sea and along coastal areas, creating strange new land forms where once none had been before.
One of the largest projects in the works is planned to be 2,000 hectares in size, and when complete will be able to house up to 700,000 people on 4 man-made islands.
My project covers five active reclamation sites capturing them from land and sea. I’m interested in how these manufactured forms come into being and the process of them becoming a part of the working landscape, successfully or otherwise.
Raz Talhar is a Malaysian who is a self-taught photographer. He has been working on personal photographic projects for the past 10 years, on subjects located in Malaysia and the South East Asian region.
His work focuses on the natural landscape and society, observing theongoing interactions and conflicts at play between them.
© text and pictures by Raz Talhar