Jide Alakija

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Bell Jar:Mama in the market

Another one of my Ajegunle shots. This was on the way back from my mother's shop. One of the interesting things as I said some weeks ago was the vast number of people who live in this area. This shot doesn't reflect it too much as I've decolourised it alot. You should have seen the colour version, too many colours and too many people. To the Bell Jar. How does this relate? One thing I can tell you is that in these communities, there isn't a very strict cose of conduct instituted by the Law. The law that exists in these parts are one of the "extra legal" nature, i.e. one where the indigenes in the community form their own rule of law outside the main rule of law. As usual your comments.

comments (10)

  • Duane Bong
  • 3 Feb 2006, 00:20
I like the atmosphere of this shot... though the background is still a bit distracting.
  • Dammie BerryMoore
  • 3 Feb 2006, 03:35
Awwwwwwwwwwww, this picture is very sweet......I don't know Y I feel happy looking at this pic...oh well *sigh* smile
  • David
  • 3 Feb 2006, 04:30
Like the setting although as Duane said, the background is too busy and bright. The light on the right side of her shirt is a little hot, looks like you clipped the highlights there.

Having said that. I like the shot. An all to familiar environment.

I've decided to be more positive with my comments. Good things only from now on. grin
  • Ade
  • 3 Feb 2006, 07:19
Hows ur cold? Like the shot mate. There is something I want to say, when is it ok to dull down the background? In the shot I feel the background is an essenial part of the image. Without it, it is only the woman (and what would be the point). I think for what the shot is the background works. As always U have captured a great Lagos scene, in this case a market. Got any market fight scenes?
  • mr skee
  • 3 Feb 2006, 08:18
Background competes with the forgound subject abit too much as there is not enough contrast in the old woman to clearly make her the major reference point
For a busy market scene, the rich colours of the tomatoes, peppers, yams etc plus the vibrancy of colours that are normally associated with market women if presented in colour would have made this a fantasic picture. The lack of colour has dimmed the overall impact of the capture!
The picture has depth, but where is the lady looking to? she leads the viewers eyes out of the picture and not in
  • Funmi
  • 3 Feb 2006, 10:52
good shot... i think that background shud av been left as is. it gives character to the picture as its not only abt the woman, but also abt the scene.
  • bs
  • 3 Feb 2006, 12:50
I think the picture is perfect as is...it pulls you in and you can almost hear her talking to herself in her head...Alone despite the business...there's chaos in the background but she has to plan her next step...
maybe she's thinking what will her children eat tonight..or how will she find transport home...
I love the way the back ground is blurred but still competing for attention...all at once you feel her detachment from the situation but are aware of the busy environment she can never fully be detached from
  • Tosin
  • 3 Feb 2006, 15:42
Bs, I could not agree with you more. Let us try and appreciate what the artist is trying to portray instead of imagining something that was not there at that space in time. It would be like saying it would be better if the Mona Lisa was holding a flower and wearing a pink dress.
  • Tolu Odunfa
  • 3 Feb 2006, 17:57
Its hard to give a completely unbiased opinion after several pple have already voiced theirs ... hence I just have to agree with Ade in his unfavorable as well as favorable judgement.

In addition, that other painting of Da vinci's which should have been wearing a dress and or holding a flower, never made it to the Louvre... as determined by his critcssmile

When all elements are present, you can see it.

Keep up the good work.
  • Sele
  • 6 Feb 2006, 13:38
So that's what all the pandemonium was about!!!

LOL ... comical!

Personally, Bs articulates my sentiments on the picture spot on...
I believe there's an artist in everyone of us... no matter how tiny; hence we surely can form "an [artist's] impression" of what's there, and not say that "the mona lisa should have had a flower and a pink dress" - nicely put by madam!

re: ICE photo album, will u be able to fuse my AMAZING 7 pics with ur 43... smile

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