Thursday, 26 December 2019

The Water Village Of Kota Kinabalu

There's a traditional stilt house community holding on against modern development in Kota Kinabalu. The neighborhood is a poor, ramshackle place. Still, traditions die hard and many families have lived there for generations, many ancestors arriving from the Philippines to fish the fertile waters of their new country. Unfortunately, their way of life is disappearing.

Typical house.


A house stilt foundation. At the time this photograph was taken, it's the dry season and the water is low. Longtime resident and his grandchild.

House interior. The ghost of Walker Evans hovers.


Serious kid, silly friends. A local store, selling staples in single portions.

Man of the house.


Modern development is looming and their neighborhood won't be around much longer. Quite the dichotomy of existence.

High fashion, down to the flips.



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