Do You Need Prospective?
Bring things into prospective, that is something a lot of us don’t do is it. And I am talking about taking time out every now and then and stepping back and having a look at where you are in your life and how you are doing? What I am talking about is, are you achieving your goals in your time frame and or are you going in the direction you want to be heading? You could break that down into a S.M.A.R.T goal, I may save that for another mind blowing blurb LOL.
Well I can tell you something when I decided to document Manly again, you see I did Manly way back in 2014, it was one of my first Culture editorials. I shot it all in black and white and continued to shoot my culture editorials in black and white for many years, which was my prospective on how I saw things back then. Now a days it is more about creating and capturing images that are eye catching and touching the artist eye. That can be translated too, I prefer to shoot in colour now, opposed to black and white due to the plain fact in that is how I prefer to see the world at the moment, don’t get me wrong I still love creating black and white imagery and I always will but for now I prefer to shoot in colour.
As you may of noticed I have been shooting a lot of beaches over the last couple of months and loving it, mainly due to the fact that I love the beach and I have been walking a lot as well and if you put the two of them into a blender this is what you get!!! A Manly to Queenscliff walk, shot in colour though the eyes of a photographer.
Written and photographed by Geoffrey Chuah
Where Poetry meets Fashion
Well with Covid-19 not going away anytime soon, we have to look at where certain industries are at the moment.A lot of the population are still working from home, some of them are slowly going back to work in the office or wherever your place of work may be. But one thing is for sure is that the fashion industry has changed, and as long as the virus is around, the way we shop for clothes is never going to be the same for the unforeseeable future.
What we wear is something of high value to what we spend our money on. So, are we going to spend more money on clothes that are going to feel and look comfortable oppose to an item or items that are more or less going to be out of dated in a few months because we are going out less? I think it could be a combination of the two. We all want value for money, even before Covid hit, so shopping for essential items is not only going to make our eye candy a reality but I think it could be more of trying to catch the bargins that are floating around on the internet as well as in store. But that doesn’t mean that consumer buying won’t jump back up. The new financial year is fast approaching and with that is always a little bonus. I think most brands are going to drop their prices a tad to allow us to spend more, and therefore increase their revenue. I think either way, we will and can find something that we love and want enough to spend our hard earned dollars on.
But putting all that aside, shooting this very special editorial for LaMode was fun. I hope you also enjoy the photographic essay of Anna Clair from Chadwicks models
Photography and Styling by Geoffrey Chuah
MakeUp and Hair by Angie Sher
Anna Clair@Chadwick Models
Rhiannon Dress by Arnhem
Beatnix Skirt and Love Love Love long sleeve T-shirt by Daisy Says
Chequered Jump Suit and Take Me Home Jacket by Daisy Says
Wild Thing Dress and Here We Go Again Jacket by Daisy Says
Fleetwood dress and Abby Jacket by Arnhem
Passion, Protest and Riots
I am a strong believer in standing strong in what you believe in. So when the Black Lives Matter march was given the go ahead on Saturday, we had a massive influx of people come into the city of Sydney, to protest for human rights. Again I am all for this and I want to see change in society to make sure that we all get treated fairly regardless what colour or sex you are.
But I do think it is really selfish and unfair on the millions of people that have worked really hard and for some people have lost there jobs and businesses. To see a possible spike in the curve that we have sacrificed so much for. There are so many other ways to stage a protest that will make more noise and make you the general public stand up and by counted. We could of started a petition on social media or petitions that could of gathered some momentum so we can then forward it on to the right people who would then try and make sure that we don’t have any prejudiced towards anyone our society that we live in.
I would also like to add that not all the police around the world are like Derek Chauvin.
For anyone that decides to join the police force they do it because they want to help people and that is helping keep law and order in your community, so you can walk around at any time during the day and night, and feel safe and if for what-ever reason you do need them they will be there to help.
On a side note the following images were taken down at Coogee Beach on Saturday the 6th of June on what was a beautiful Winters afternoon, and if these images can lighten up someone’s day and make you feel more motived to enjoy the outdoors in some shape or form then I think I have done my job.
So what is the one thing you cannot live without? Your partner, favourite food, going to the movies, or is people. Stop and have a think about it for a second.
When you take away what you enjoy the most then your life tends to stop for a bit before you can kick start it again. So with Covid-19 killing a lot of our things that we use to enjoy. We then need that reality check. What I am saying here is that when we all went into lock down and started worrying about how we were going to pay the rent, bills and everything else that we need to survive. I think that we didn’t think about what we needed the most that will get us out of this lock down without losing your bearings or another way of putting it would be your mind. And for me it’s people, yep that’s right people.
I know that without people I am nothing, without people my photography doesn’t exist because a photo is not a photo till someone looks at it just like a book is not a book till someone reads it or a dresses is not a dresses till someone wears it.
So how important are people? That’s a really weird question, everyone needs someone without a doubt. People can be a real pain in the butt, but if the world ended tomorrow and you were the only person left on this earth. What would you be lacking the most? For me it’s people.
These images were taken about 2 weeks ago on a Sunday. Most of the places would of normally be humming with people. But the day I was there, there was hardly anyone. Making it feel very eerie and somewhat lonely. One of the results of the lock down in Sydney.
Here’s to me and everyone else hoping that this virus will be stomped out and never seen again.
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