Being gay in the old days would have meant an early death. So he kept quiet. For almost 30 years he said nothing about his sexual orientation. The hardest thing he did to was denying himself. "How do I truly come out when my past is still in?" he said.
Boon Ong was born in Ipoh, Malaysia in 1979. Since he was 18, he has been heavily involved in performance art, contemporary dance, choreography and theater production. He got an MSc. in Pipeline Engineering from University of Newcastle-Upon-Tyne in 2003. Since then, he has travelled to various countries like Thailand, China, United States, United Kingdom, France, Amsterdam and Taiwan, exposing himself to different culture and art scene. He now lives in Calgary, Canada, where he chooses photography to express his passion to art, as well as a balance to his analytical life as an engineer. His works are mostly portrait and recently he has started working on some figurative art projects. Boon has previously won IPA2013. (http://www.boonong.com)