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Kyle Ong
Artist | Film & Animation
Singapore
Hello, i’m Kyle Ong a Singaporean Filmmaker/Visual Artist

I have been documenting and telling stories since 2010. sometimes they may turn up as a Documentary Film, a Short Film, an Art Photograph or even a piece of Writing.

Let's collaborate sometime, contactkyleong@gmail.com
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Lok Lok in Kukup by kyleong93
Lok Lok in Kukup
Shot during my trip to Kukup, Malaysia in December 2014.

Too bad that I went out to explore after dinner, because this write up would have been so much different if I had eaten one stick of those goodies.

© Kyle Ong, 2015. All rights reserved

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Infamous Diamond by kyleong93
Infamous Diamond
One of my favourite places to explore,  the infamous Diamond HDB in Taman Jurong which was under going a second restoration construction when I visited there last year. (yea that long ago)



And yes it's not the first time this "haunted/ex-en-blocked/slump" place went through restoration.  



I think it's a shit hole but all Diamonds needs some polishing before they can shine in their own weird way.

© Kyle Ong, 2015. All rights reserved

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Day 153 by kyleong93
Day 153
"The Final Day of my Diploma"

Today marks the last day of my three year diploma in LASALLE College of the Arts and it also marks the last photograph of my photo of the day photo series, that documents the last year of this three year diploma.

It has been an amazing adventure, I met tons of creative people and some of which I'm glad to say they are going to be in the rest of my life (you know one lah) ;) And some of which, I'm going to continue to work with to create more art.

LASALLE College of the Arts was a happy accident as it was never my first choice to study Filmmaking.  My choice was obviously a Polytechnic but was impossible largely because of the fact that I dropped out of an Accounting (I know right, I can't imagine me doing accounts) course.

But fate just somehow brought me to this place filled with weird people like myself, where you won't really (unless you're in Fashion Design, yeah I said it) be judged when you create artworks that truly reflects your thoughts.  I still remember the poem (Dali'a Balls) I wrote in year one for Salvador Dali (it was funny, really).

To end this super long post, I would like to take this chance to thank everyone that I've met, worked with, learnt from and fought with.  You can be damn sure that you have contributed to shaping my character.  

I'm no longer a child, I'm a child that has some depth and I'll continue raging wars in name of the rebels, the misfits, the fucking artists!

To the next project. #watchthisspace
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Haegun Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2015
Kyle,

I saw Day 118 and just knew it was Singapore without looking you up.  It took me back to a time when my life was full of adventure and exploration.  I LOVE Singapore, although when I see pictures of it now, I sometimes have trouble recognizing the place. 

I realize the 'progress' is largely unstoppable, but I miss the edginess of the old Chinatown, now sadly reduced to a sanitized tourist attraction from what I can see from over here on the other side of the world.  Even in the late 1970's, it was starting to shrink, and locals bemoaned the changes that were happening.

One of my favorite things to do was to go down to the business district and watch all the secretaries leaving work at the end of the day.  Such as rainbow of colors - dresses, skin tones - all lovely and something I've seen nowhere else.

And the food.  Eating things I had no name for, whether at a lunch stand set up for construction workers, or at the spotless car parks at night.  Alas, now that I've gotten older, my system can no longer handle the heat of some of my old favorites. 

Your work has brought back many happy memories, and I look forward to seeing more of it, as well as any films you may produce. 

Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Tom, aka Haegun

PS, my kids and I loved Burn Notice, too.
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kyleong93 Featured By Owner Edited Mar 4, 2015   Filmographer
Tom aka Haegun,

Yes, I agree with everything that you said.  It's really sad that the "Singapore that we used to know" is gone,
but nonetheless, there are some stubborn business/people that do things like they used to back in those days (including myself) and
I guess it's up to my to document it to show case to people like yourself, reigniting beautiful memories.

Thank you for the kind comment, you've made my day!

Burn Notice is awesome!
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Haegun Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2015
This quote from your Day 91 sort of captures that idea.


"I'm 67 years old. Every day, the future looks a little bit darker. But the past... even the grimy parts of it... keep on getting brighter. " Sally Jupiter, Silk Spectre #1, The Watchmen (2009)

I am not quite that old yet, but I can relate to that.  When the Beatles album Rubbber Soul first came out, the sone In My Life was my favorite.  It is still my favorite Beatles' song.  I tend to be drawn to the melancholy, even as a child, and the melody and lyrics appealed to me.  As i have grown older, the theme of past relationships became more relevant to my life.  And now, it is more and more the places, as in the first line.  (If you are not familiar with it, you can easily find it on youtube.)

There is a visual I wish I could share with you.  When I was returning from the middle east after Operation Desert Storm (freeing Kuwait after the Iraqi invasion), I could see the Stamford hotel rising up from over the horizon, along with a few other skyscrapers.  Unfortunately, the picture I took of this did not come out very well, but it certainly gave me a different perspective on Singapore.  Just picture the ocean going off to the horizon, with 5 or 6 gray cylindrical forms rising up out of the water in the distance. 

I used to subscribe to the Far Eastern Economic Review, and always went to check for articles on Singapore first.  The magazine had a challenging relationship with the government and Lee Kuan Yew, but even with what the Lee's felt was defamation, Singapore always looked good compared to any of the other countries in the region.

I would dearly love to return to the island, perhaps to see the Formula One race.  Speaking of which, have you taken any photos related to the race?  Judging form the things I have seen, I would imagine you photographing either the setting up or the taking down of the stands, pit area, etc., rather than the race itself. 

Take care, and I look forward to seeing more of your work.

Tom
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kyleong93 Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2015   Filmographer
Ah yes, Day 91.  I remember feeling extremely nostalgic on that particular day.  

Going back to your old college in a different position allows you to see things differently, I guess it also how I feel about Singapore, it is no longer how it used to be.

Do come to visit to our tiny island, however I think you will be disappointed, as Singapore is becoming more and more like an alternate version of Tokyo (minus the spirit of Japanese) as day passes.

I'm not into photographing F1, but I don't mind photographing the "cityscapes with F1 in it".

Thank you for the immense support!

Take care,

Kyle
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