Heroes of Kuala Sepetang Charcoal Factory - Images By Hafiz Ismail

Heroes of Kuala Sepetang Charcoal Factory

Heroes of Kuala Sepetang Charcoal Factory in Black & White.

This is a long overdue sharing. I was at Kuala Sepetang Charcoal Factory back in 2014 when I was on my way back from Penang. I’d always wanted to stop by at the is place and do a little photojournalism shot of the Heroes of Kuala Sepetang, the workers of the factory.

All photos were shot using Olympus OM-D E-M5 with 17mm f/1.8 lens.

The Heroes of Kuala Sepetang Charcoal Factory

Cooking in progress.

The Heroes of Kuala Sepetang Charcoal Factory

The work area.

Pak Cik Yatim - A 53 year old Charcoal Man - He separates the good charcoal from the dust and bags it. He earns merely RM3 (USD1) per bag. He works at a Charcoal Factory located in Kuala Sepetang, about 1 hour drive from Penang, Malaysia

Pak Cik Yatim – A 53 year old Charcoal Man – He separates the good charcoal from the dust and bags it. He earns merely RM3 (USD1) per bag. He works at a Charcoal Factory located in Kuala Sepetang, about 1 hour drive from Penang, Malaysia

Pak Cik Yatim - A 53 year old Charcoal Man - He separates the good charcoal from the dust and bags it. He earns merely RM3 (USD1) per bag. He works at a Charcoal Factory located in Kuala Sepetang, about 1 hour drive from Penang, Malaysia

Pak Cik Yatim – A 53 year old Charcoal Man – He separates the good charcoal from the dust and bags it. He earns merely RM3 (USD1) per bag. He works at a Charcoal Factory located in Kuala Sepetang, about 1 hour drive from Penang, Malaysia

Pak Cik Yatim - A 53 year old Charcoal Man - He separates the good charcoal from the dust and bags it. He earns merely RM3 (USD1) per bag. He works at a Charcoal Factory located in Kuala Sepetang, about 1 hour drive from Penang, Malaysia

Pak Cik Yatim – A 53 year old Charcoal Man – He separates the good charcoal from the dust and bags it. He earns merely RM3 (USD1) per bag. He works at a Charcoal Factory located in Kuala Sepetang, about 1 hour drive from Penang, Malaysia

Pak Cik Yatim - A 53 year old Charcoal Man - He separates the good charcoal from the dust and bags it. He earns merely RM3 (USD1) per bag. He works at a Charcoal Factory located in Kuala Sepetang, about 1 hour drive from Penang, Malaysia

Pak Cik Yatim – A 53 year old Charcoal Man – He separates the good charcoal from the dust and bags it. He earns merely RM3 (USD1) per bag. He works at a Charcoal Factory located in Kuala Sepetang, about 1 hour drive from Penang, Malaysia

Pak Cik Yatim - A 53 year old Charcoal Man - He separates the good charcoal from the dust and bags it. He earns merely RM3 (USD1) per bag. He works at a Charcoal Factory located in Kuala Sepetang, about 1 hour drive from Penang, Malaysia

Pak Cik Yatim – A 53 year old Charcoal Man – He separates the good charcoal from the dust and bags it. He earns merely RM3 (USD1) per bag. He works at a Charcoal Factory located in Kuala Sepetang, about 1 hour drive from Penang, Malaysia

Pak Cik Yatim - A 53 year old Charcoal Man - He separates the good charcoal from the dust and bags it. He earns merely RM3 (USD1) per bag. He works at a Charcoal Factory located in Kuala Sepetang, about 1 hour drive from Penang, Malaysia

Pak Cik Yatim – A 53 year old Charcoal Man – He separates the good charcoal from the dust and bags it. He earns merely RM3 (USD1) per bag. He works at a Charcoal Factory located in Kuala Sepetang, about 1 hour drive from Penang, Malaysia

The Heroes of Kuala Sepetang Charcoal Factory - who only receive ridiculously low pay doing back breaking work of carrying greenwood in and out of the super hot traditional charcoal kilns.

The Remnants of Time.

Pak Cik Yatim - A 53 year old Charcoal Man - He separates the good charcoal from the dust and bags it. He earns merely RM3 (USD1) per bag. He works at a Charcoal Factory located in Kuala Sepetang, about 1 hour drive from Penang, Malaysia

Pak Cik Yatim – A 53 year old Charcoal Man – He separates the good charcoal from the dust and bags it. He earns merely RM3 (USD1) per bag. He works at a Charcoal Factory located in Kuala Sepetang, about 1 hour drive from Penang, Malaysia

The Heroes of Kuala Sepetang Charcoal Factory - who only receive ridiculously low pay doing back breaking work of carrying greenwood in and out of the super hot traditional charcoal kilns.

The Old Signage at the factory

The Heroes of Kuala Sepetang Charcoal Factory - who only receive ridiculously low pay doing back breaking work of carrying greenwood in and out of the super hot traditional charcoal kilns.

The Heroes of Kuala Sepetang Charcoal Factory – who only receive ridiculously low pay doing back breaking work of carrying greenwood in and out of the super hot traditional charcoal kilns.

The Heroes of Kuala Sepetang Charcoal Factory - who only receive ridiculously low pay doing back breaking work of carrying greenwood in and out of the super hot traditional charcoal kilns.

The Heroes of Kuala Sepetang Charcoal Factory – who only receive ridiculously low pay doing back breaking work of carrying greenwood in and out of the super hot traditional charcoal kilns.

The Heroes of Kuala Sepetang Charcoal Factory - who only receive ridiculously low pay doing back breaking work of carrying greenwood in and out of the super hot traditional charcoal kilns.

The Heroes of Kuala Sepetang Charcoal Factory – who only receive ridiculously low pay doing back breaking work of carrying greenwood in and out of the super hot traditional charcoal kilns.

 

I think I want to go back to this place and reshoot few other heroes. It has been 2 years since the last visit and things must’ve change.

Let me find a time for that.

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Accredited Commercial Photographer with the Government of Malaysia.

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