How You Can Shine Through The Clouds
It’s funny how we reset our lives every 365 days. I mean we can have a crap house of a year then boom, we can reset it by numbers.
We all love Summer just about has much as I love shooting landscapes or a scene I may see in the street or while I am traveling, not that I have been able to do much of that lately. What I am getting at is that we Iove the reset button that the human brain has, it doesn’t matter if it is the end of the year or jumping on a plane or in a car and getting away from everything for a bit. To do exactly that: reset and bring back some prospective on life that we may have lost over the last few months or in this case, the last year.
So when I got the chance to travel up to my beloved Gold Coast, last month I didn’t hesitate one minute to do so. Even thou it was for only two days it was great to shoot another Culture editorial for LaMode and create what I think is a pretty cool video as well.
So I do hope you can immerse yourself into the visuals that I have captured, and regain some energy to smash the goals you have set yourself.
Photography, video and video editing by Geoffrey Chuah
The Gold Coast Video
Life is what you make of it isn't it?
So, when I think of an idea to shoot for LaMode, I don't think about of what I am going to shoot but how I am going to shoot it and what kind of message I am trying to communicate to my audience. That is why post-production in any stills or motion work is so important. Not to mention the photographer’s vision and the message he or she is trying to convey in the images or motion work that they have created.
So, for this Culture editorial I shot the historic Olympic Park. It has been a place that I have wanted to document for LaMode for quite a while. So, after finding the time to spend a few hours to walk around and shoot the location. This is how my eyes dropped down and documented Olympic Park.
A lot of people wouldn’t think that this place which is 20 years old would still look slightly empty but still have enough energy to able to create a cool atmospheric filled images. I have to admit that flipping them to black and white when in post was a thought process of “I need to make these shots look more punchy and cinematic which I think have done but also at the same time create a story that will be eye catching yet still have a narrative to it. Not to mention editing a video to help add another dimension was something I was always going to produce.
Enjoy “Hidden Treasures “
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
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.
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.