Turning a Corner
Turning the corner is something that everyone does at some stage in their life, and for LaMode magazine this is nothing new.
When you have been doing something for so long and you know it is your passion, and then you learn a new skill, and find that you really enjoy doing it. Slowly you can call it your new passion or we could call it your passion number two. And then slowly but surely you find it takes over passion number one. What do you do? You follow it and make sure that it is enslaved into yourself, to make sure that it is there for ever?
And where is this going you ask? Have you been through a career change? LaMode magazine new love for video editing is slowly taking over the love of photography.
Don’t worry LaMode will always be shooting stills, but with the world changing at such a speedy rate. Video is something that we cannot pass up.
Technology has a lot to do with it. Computers, mirrorless cameras, and light sources that seem to be getting smaller but still being able to pack a punch. The programs that enable you to create, what we only dreamed of doing 20 years ago. Can now be done inside your home, and with a bit of skilling up, you can shoot and edit a short film in next to no time.
That is why you have seen a video as well as stills in almost every LaMode editorial from the last 18 months. And that is why you will be seeing and hopefully watching all the future videos that I have edited for LaMode magazine. We are not saying that video editing is easy to do, like reading a book, far from it. What LaMode is trying to do is embrace what is in the now.
On that note, LaMode magazine has a hat full of new content on its way, some of it has been shot and edited recently and some of it a few months ago but we only have now decided to publish it, which will be very soon.
So, till we publish all the new editorials for you to read and check out.
Enjoy Turning of the Corner.
Shot and edited by Geoffrey Chuah
North to North
The power of video has rapidly taken over the power of the still. That is pretty much fact.
But with any art form shooting stills is exactly that, an art form.
I would like to think that photography is something that everyone can do, and in reality, you can, but to do it in a form that is eye catching and artistic, is not only a challenge for the person creating it, but the knowledge required is usually next level that is only left to the professional.
But now that we can shoot video on our phones and then cut any unwanted footage, colour correct and then slap a filter on it to make it half decent and then post it on Instagram. That has taken away the power of the still. Because doesn’t video enable us to tell a better story over a photography?
The power of the video is something that I think has taken over the still. Let’s take for example all the new social media platforms that have been born from video, Tik Tok, Snap Chat and now Instagram stories. We all love to be entertained and that is what video does for us, it makes us laugh, cry and most of all it informs us with the information needed to help us with our day or help us pass time.
Personally, I shoot video on my DSLR and my I-phone, and then edit it in Premiere Pro. Which gives me a polished look that may or may not be attainable on your phone.
And that brings me to this point of where I am today, and what the last two lock downs have done for me and the millions of other people who have used it wisely. It allowed me to focus my energy into learning new skills required to create narratives that are eye catching and informing. It wasn’t something I planned, but two years down the track my future now holds its self with the goal of being the most talented editor/shooter possible so I can create videos that are not only fun to watch but also informative.
Enjoy part one of North to North though the eyes of my still’s camera.
Written and shot by Geoffrey Chuah.
Nine Mile Beach
So, the last two years have been testing to say the least when it has come to just about anything and everything that we have tried to do. Traveling has been hard enough never a lone trying to get from A to B without having to wear a mask. But better and brighter things are just around the corner for everyone that has planned for their year ahead. Because planning is the key, right?
As I am writing this in New South Wales, which is the state I live in. It has just recorded 22,500 Covid cases. The day before that, it was 20,000 cases and the number just keeps going up and up and we wonder if and when, it will ever stop? My prediction is that the case numbers will go down but not for a few weeks and one has to think that most of these cases are mild and not life threating. Unless you are an elderly person.
Moving on to a less touchy subject, and that 2022 will be the year that everything goes back to just about normal, we will build up an immunity to this virus as Onmicron is less deadly than the Delta strain. Traveling will become more easier, as boarders will slowly come down, not that they haven’t already, but the one boarder I am talking about is the Western Australian boarder, and we can slowly but surely start to enjoy pre-covid life again.
Now, this blurb is the first of the year and I am hoping it will be one of many blurbs I get to write for LaMode, I love to voice my opinion on subjects, that are sometimes one’s that are not always open to write about. But when it comes to my creativity, that will always be first and foremost for this online publication.
Take me to the edge of the World
Not too sure how we ended up where we are today but I am pretty sure it had something to do with that goddam virus!!!
After spending nearly 4 months in lock down, which by the way had it’s positives and negatives. I thought it was time for not only LaMode magazine but also the editor aka Geoffrey Chuah or myself. To try and break into a more creative mode than it is now.
I shot and edited the video called “Take me to the edge of the World”
It is a reflection of where we are in the world. Which is pretty much on the verge of going back to normal or at least trying to. The bridge of no return could be another way of describing it, which is the reason why the Sydney harbour bridge is centre of this editorial. A bridge will not only help you get you where you want to go. But the surroundings of that piece of metal and concrete will also be more than interesting to indulge and enjoy.
Let’s hope that all the vaccine’s that are being used and the boosters, that come after it will help human-kind enjoy it’s humanity and bring back the world the way it was before Covid-19 hit us.
Enjoy “Take me to the edge of the World”
LaMode is a global online magazine in a blog-style format, or what I would like to call a onlineZine. With a focus on Fashion, Swimwear and Culture editorials. LaMode Magazine is not seasonal with its editorials because we like to shoot imagery that is on point to what we think will entertain you as the reader from our point of view.