Surf Me Up
If it isn’t flooding, someone wants to start a war, if bombs aren’t going off, the media are announcing that there is a new variant. But aren’t we living in a world where we just get on with things and let it pan out? As I write this the Australian Prime Minister, Morrison has announced the federal election. To a lot of people that means everything to some, nothing at all.
So, with everything that is going on right now, not only in Australia but in the world. How do we have time to digest everything and process it in a way that we can make either A/ make it work for us or B/ just ignore it and get on with our life and do what we need to do when we need to do it. Well, I can tell you if we chose to ignore it, then in a few months’ time when we decide come up for a breath, we will see a different world that is 1/ Hell bent on making the economy work so we can live in a better place or 2/ Not give a dam about anything and watch it’s self-burn. Which I highly don’t think will happen or I hope it won’t.
Once this year is over, hopefully we will see countries reborn, and hopefully enjoy a better living, and see an end to this pandemic.
On a side note, I spent 5 days late in March, on set of Miss Multi Verse shooting a lot of stills for the different challenges. Yes, you read right a beauty pageant that has challenges. So different that it is a reality TV show due to air in September on Amazon Prime. And you can see a taste of it right here with “Surf Me Up”
Swimwear @KL Swimwear
Photography, videography and editing by Geoffrey Chuah
Social media has changed the way we live, hasn’t it? Not only in our daily routines but in how we see the world. The younger generation or generation “Z” we call them now seem to think that what we see on social media is what we get, but as we all know it is exactly the opposite or sometimes the opposite to what we think it maybe. Or is it just plain boredom that we reach to our phones and start scrolling to the point where we actually find something remotely interesting to read or look at, and then either like or comment to a meaningless post that has some sort of visually appeal to it and then just move onto the next post that we sort of like and then do the same thing to or is it our ADHD kicking in for the few moments that we spend on our phones to pass the time away.
Me personally I am not too sure why we do spend so much time on our phones when we don’t need to, I try not to personally, but if you are on public transport and need to pass the time away, who doesn’t pull out their phone and have a look at Instagram, Facebook and whatever else you may have on your phone.
So, do we actually need social media? And does it do anything for society moving forward post Covid? Well, I am not here to answer that question for you but to put it up for discussion. Hopefully you won’t knock someone’s opinion in the process, like mine usually does, but we live in a free world, right? Or should I say in a world that is full of social media commentators that think whatever they write will change someone’s mind set forever and in turn make it a better place for you and me to live in
Food for thought?
Enjoy “Summer Haze”
Model: Johanna LawLor
Photography, editing and videography by Geoffrey Chuah
Swimwear and Clothes: General Pants
There is always light at the end of the tunnel no matter how bad the situation you maybe in. I am writing this from the point of view of being in lockdown for close to two and a half months. And knowing that I will be able to live with more freedom in what should be in about 5-6 weeks.
Whilst I have been in lockdown. LaMode magazine has been working hard to re-cut and recreate new videos from old editorials. We love the fact that if you work in the creative industry everyone has a different point of view.
Which can be good if you all have the same view on the same subject you may be working on. But when you are working hard to re-cut a video to make it look better it can lead to a few creative differences. Which leads me on to write about how this lockdown has affected the many millions of people who can’t and won’t be able to do anything like get a haircut for another 5-6 weeks.
We say point of view because, the whole of the greater Sydney area is in lockdown, but not everyone has the same rules. There are curfews, and tighter restrictions out in the Western Suburb’s than there are anywhere else. So from the point of the New South Wales premiere, she is dividing the greater Sydney area into two area’s so the virus cannot escape and, create more trouble for the area’s that haven’t been hit so hard. Which, LaMode magazine can relate too. A video should have a narrative, and when that narrative plays out you have an ending, which is a little bit like what this Pandemic is like to live with at the moment. Even though we are still very much in the middle of it.
What has happen over the last 20 months with this pandemic, has been life changing, which is again a little bit like what happens when you watch a movie or a video that has emotion and a moving ending to it.
When the word "bikini" drops into your head you think of the female form don’t, we? Or more to the point we think of a beautiful place with even more amazing things to do when we are in the sun.
But I think what we really think of, when the word bikini drops into your head, is the amazing females that wear them.
So, when it was bought to my attention a few days ago, that world “bikini day” was dropping on the 5th of July, by the way it is the middle of Winter here in Sydney, but Summer in the Northern Hemisphere. The mind runs riot to what you see and what you would like to see right on the pages of LaMode, right??
So, I thought that I would correlate, what I would like to think are my favourite images from the last 3 years of editorials, that I have shot for LaMode magazine and put together an editorial that celebrates what again, I would like to think are the most tasteful images that I have created for the online publication.
Now what I am about to write, you may or may not agree which is OK with me, and if you get a little annoyed with me for writing this, please don’t send me an abusive message or leave a commit that will be damaging to my mental health, lol
So here goes, has the federal government left it so late in the piece to vaccinate the population? If they had moved their butts, and implemented a plan even before the vaccines arrived in Australia, I am pretty sure NSW wouldn’t be in lock down as of this moment. And also if they, allowed everyone that wanted to get the jab when they wanted to get it then, NSW, or more to the point Australia would be in better nick to move forward and let overseas travellers into the country and in turn the economy would be in an upturn and life would be so much better, as opposed to being stuck inside and hoping that everything will turn back to normal in a couple of weeks.
I also think that testing front line workers on a daily basses is something that they should have been, enforced months ago, regardless what the Covid count was.
So on that note enjoy “The Collection”
Photographer: Geoffrey Chuah
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.