During the eWorkshop «Finding Your Photographic Voice» I taught earlier this year, Ken Low made a classical photo documentary about the town Batu Arang in Malaysia. What fascinated him about the town is the fact that what today is a very laidback and sleepy town, used to be a one of the most developed town in the state. Batu Arang flourished from the coal mines that the British established and ran in the early 1900s. All mining activities ceased in the early 1960s, though, which then marked the beginning of the town’s gradual decline in importance. For his personal photo project Ken visited Batu Arang over the course of four or five weeks, during which he tried to capture the life in the town as well as historical remnants of the British ruling (Malaysia got its independence in 1957). Ken’s photo radiates that laidback feeling that is Batu Arang today; they display that intangible sensation of a place and its people caught in a timeframe of yesterday – for better and worse. His visual language is quiet and soft, using a gentle colour palette and a lowkey expression. Ken doesn’t rely on visual gimmicks or an excessive point of view but let the story be told by its own pace and inherent being. For more of Ken’s photo please look up his blog Ken and Agnes Photoworks.