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Kyle Ong
Artist | Film & Animation
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,


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An old man eating breakfast alone in this empty coffeeshop, well not exactly alone.

Been too busy with commissioned shoots recently, could only find time (sleep time actually) to post new works today.

But good things are coming, they are coming.

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Hawker Mom web version by kyleong93
Hawker Mom web version

Shot during my trip to Kukup, Malaysia in December 2014.

I was really conflicted when I ate fried carrot cake from this mother of two's stall.  Not because it was way better than the best fried carrot cakes in Singapore but the fact that her two wonderful children are willing to work as her full time helpers.

Being in the 21st century, this instance is rarely seen and to think that it's just a causeway Singapore makes me sad.  

Cherish the ability to chase your dreams friends, not because you can, because your family and nation are fighting hard to allow that to happen.

#tothepreviousgenerations (no not a new photo series, not just yet.) -hints-

*Will try to upload new works as frequently but my new job requires 70% of my attention daily.

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Haegun Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2015

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.
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!
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.

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,

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