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.
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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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.