Babe in arms
Photo by Mahen Bala from Snapshots of KL.
Mahen is a proactive documentary photographer and filmmaker who is certainly a local talent. His photographs have been exhibited in Malaysia, Germany and Paris, and films screened at international film festivals, with his works described as ‘humanistic, subtle and honest.’
He enjoys working on photo essays, focusing on social commentary on subjects around the country. Among the notable projects he has worked on include portraits of the displaced Penans in Sarawak, a series of essays on Kuala Lumpur, the aftermath of typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, and the madness of monsoon surfing in Cherating.
At the most recent ‘Beyond Borders’ exhibition he produced an eight-meter long print capturing the monsoon experience in his hometown on the east coast. He is currently working on ’Postcards from the South’, a book documenting the history of the southern sector of the Malaysian railway line.