Minimalism: What does it really mean? by Romeo Shagba

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Minimalism: Sounds pretty simple, make something that is non complex.
Wrong!!! Minimalism is probably one of the hardest things ever.It takes a lot of innovation and thinking to come up with something that’s simple yet gets the emotions of the viewer or audience running effectively.
Earlier in my creative life I looked at minimalism as lazy and last minute, as I got more into the arts I noticed that the artists who pulled off proper minimalist work were geniuses. The work done by these artists took a lot of ingenuity and bright thinking and my calling them geniuses gets proven time after time as I come in contact with more and more work to prove that fact.
This is a video for the Indie band Hundred Waters titled “Cavity”
This video is one hell of an example of Minimalism at it’s highest form.Thanks to proper controlling of the lights and excellent camera work, Director Michael Langan and his wonderful team did this whole video with no help from CGI or visual effects and I’ve got to say, they pulled it off perfectly.I didn’t want to believe this until I saw an official comment from Michael Langan about how the video was made.

“I wanted to play with the idea of hollowness, attempting to define emptiness by its edges, visually.The effects in the clip were made not with computer graphics, but by using “a single flashlight, drawn slowly over the landscape and later ‘echoed’ up to 500 times to create patterns that fill the scene with light, we used a projector mounted on a motorised lazy Susan to achieve the ‘sliver’ shots of Nicole.”

Quote pulled from his interview with NPR

Take a look at the video and see what sparked this whole post.

Hundred Waters - Cavity | Directed by Michael Langan | "The Moon Rang Like a Bell" Out Now! iTunes: CD & Vinyl: Tour Dates:

I Took An Olympus Stylus Camera To A Show : +2dB’s EP and Vmprmyth’s LP Launch by Romeo Shagba

I always wanted to have my camera with me all the time but thanks to a wonderful excuse of “the camera being too bulky” I ended up not doing that as much.
Well now I have the chance to move around with a small camera and this is what went down last weekend at +2dB’s EP and Vmprmyth’s LP Launch @Under 9, Kuala Lumpur.

SUPER! For JUICE Magazine (What Print thought me about Colour Management) by Romeo Shagba

In August I got a taste of my first full magazine feature, I got to shoot the cover and an editorial for JUICE KL.
This experience thought me a lot of things about getting together a shoot, I had to shoot an editorial for 8 Artists spread around Kuala Lumpur and shoot it all within the span of 2 weeks.
It all seemed like an easy task until I found out that most of the artists had day jobs and only had the chance to shoot on weekends, at one point I caught myself pulling out a few hairs.It all worked out and the shoots were done (Phew).
It all went great, the artists were so friendly towards me and I loved the experience.
Fast forward 3 weeks later, the cover got published on JUICE’s Facebook page.I ran to their office to pick up the print copy.
I picked up the magazine I noticed something ; the colours were off.To make sure I wasn’t imagining things I opened up the files on the computer and I was right, the colours were translated wrongly in print.

What happened? I edited and sent the photos out in RGB and my screen wasn’t calibrated !!!!!!

**If you are not familiar with this:

**RGB is a colour profile: This refers to the colour space or range used by the computer to project images onto the computer screen mostly used for web publishing.

**Calibration is when the computer screen’s colours are set to an industry standard by using either hardware or software so as to give a more accurate projection of how the images look on every other screen or device.

These are simple mistakes that can be made by anyone and making it myself, it thought me a lesson : Always do a check before you submit any project to a client.
It was an amazing experience and now that I have studied these things thanks to Retouching Academy, I’m ready to take my next shoot by the horns.
For more on retouching and colour management do check out Fstoppers & Retouching Academy

Photos from the shoot with JUICE KL

SUPER! For JUICE Magazine
Shot By Romeo Shagba
Assisted By Mok MH @Curious Sphynx Studio

Too Many Realists: Editorial by Romeo Shagba

Photography, Styling + Head Gear :Romeo Shagba
Makeup: Hermosaa_ng
Wardrobe: Belois Couture
Model: Kosiso Madukwe (Kocee)