18 months ago KLGTU (Kuala Lumpur's Golden Triangle Unplugged) was a revolving concept in my head. It was born from the desire to adequately document something where I personally have a home ground advantage. Hmmmm…oh…you can check out my other somewhat 'fleeting' projects at www.niktwong.com.
Home ground advantage? well from the point view of a photographer…a place where its cheap to hang around for months and years, a place where communications with my subject is not aided by a thrid party translator or 'fixers', a place where i know of its nooks and cranies right from the start…in short being a local!
KLGTU is also born from the fact that Malaysian cultural heritage and social documentary has a huge vaccum. Kuala Lumpur as a major South East Asian capital city has nearly nothing to show with regards to photoessays of social documentation on the citiy itself. A few photographers including foreign ones have produced works on Kuala Lumpur, but they are merely superficial works of glamour. errr…what i mean is…ummmm pretty pics of buildings and lrts and markets and street stalls and to an extent…thoughtless frames of city life…
Well KLGTU strives differently to give documentary value, social reportage and emotional aesthetics to Kuala Lumpur. In a city where opportunities for wealth creation are many, and like all emerging economies, where priority for wealth grows faster than social development and personal etiquette/personal evolution, let this journey begin🙂