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
This may will be the last swim editorial for LaMode Magazine for a while, I can’t travel overseas yet so the chances of another swim editorial gracing the pages till next season are very unlikely.
But till then you can enjoy what we plan on publishing in the future. Speaking of the future, with more restrictions coming off on Monday the 29th of March, if seems like things are getting back to normal. Which I don’t have to tell you how wonderful it is, we can stand and drink, dance, sing and not have to wear a mask. And what’s more out-door gatherings have increased to 200 which means in the near future we can have outdoor concerts, outdoor concerts is the one thing I am most looking forward too.
But there is something else we can look forward to and that is the Vaccine, we all know that is going to be one way we can get heard immunity not just for Australia but the world over.
With Australia getting back to the way it was one year ago, we can only look forward to what the future holds for us? Traveling overseas is one thing that is on top of my list, being able to shoot content and photographs that don’t have an Australian theme to it, or another way of looking at it is something with more than Australian Culture in my imagery.
Speaking of Culture, look out for the next Culture editorial that will be solely, motion and a few words like per usual.
But till then enjoy the “Gold Rush” featuring the ever divine Madyson.
Photographer and Videographer-Geoffrey Chuah
Make Up and Hair-Maya Solis
Swimwear by Cinamon Swim and Allerton
If you ever wondered what goes on behind the camera?
I think we all know why online shopping has taken off in the last 12 months, so I don’t have to harp on about why we are sitting at home and ordering online.
But what the subject of this blurb is about.
Is why we buy clothes and the other bits and pieces that we may use once or twice, and only wear them a few times and then discard into the “I have wore that twice bin and I can’t wear it anymore” in which the clothes are now deemed useless.
So why do some of us do this??
I can tell you why we have that obsession or should I say bad habit. And the obsession’s are called: Afterpay and Zippay.
Anyone who lives in Australia will know what these two brands mean.
These two names are a god send and a curse all rolled into one. Just for the record I have both. And use them when I can, just so I don’t have to make a bulk payment that will hurt my bank account.
I am sure anyone else who uses these useful institutions will back me up 100% that they not only save you money and convenience but also builds up your credit rating so that you can move onto buying bigger and better things that are a tad more useful than clothes and a gadget to play with. That bigger thing is a house, appliance’s or tools that you may need for your business to help you make money, just to name a few.
The point I am making here is that I love money just like everyone else but if I had to make a decision to walk away from everything and wine back the clock to when we lived off the land, and you know what, I think I would!
It would make things so much easier and make life more straight forward.
Some food for thought for you??
So to finished off this blurb, I leave this thought with you: work to survive or work to play??
Enjoy “From Dask”
Photographer and Stylist-Geoffrey Chuah
Makeup and Hair-Maya Solis
Swimwear-Monte & Lou
Special thank you to Jessy@Hive HQ
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.