Jide Alakija

08 Feb 2006 1,432 views
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This is the last of the shots I sort of managed to salvage. Well I didn't this is what I salvaged. I didn't intend to do the saturation/colour seperation you see it was an experiment and I didn't save the original shot. So I'm left with this. I would have put it up but promised that I'll show you anyway. As usual you personal comments but remember this shot isn't supposed to jump out at you like that but if it does then that's a bonus. Now this was on the same street in Ajegunle, one of the passers by carrying one of my favourite roots, yams. What I like about this shot is the obscurity of the lady, you can't see her face and hence wonder what her real emotion is. Is she joyfully walking home dinner or grumpily. It's all a mystery. Also I've put the shot for the 27th Jan up. From tomorrow I'm going to start my photography of simple objects, let's see how many colourful and interesting objects I can find.

comments (12)

  • Seyi
  • 8 Feb 2006, 00:14
Sorry abt the pics u've lost but hey its the beginning of fresh discovery and lovely pics for us ur audience :-D

Chin up man... and me like the pic (the building in the background/or similar has shown up in a few of ur 9ja pics, cool u've drawn our attention away from it)
  • Sele
  • 8 Feb 2006, 00:26
Boy! Those yams are obviously very heavy... and her strides look slow and small, as if taken in by the weight of her load.

Together with her obscurity, these symbolise [to me] the effect of the weight of the world on one's shoulders - a shadow-cast, lonesome, weak, heavy-laden heart :-(

I hope I'm wrong though! Maybe she's humming a tune to herself and just taking her time... as she heads home to feed the fam some poundo! smile
I close my eyes and mention the title of this picture over and over again, Yams! Yams! Yams! like it was some kind of mantra!
why you may ask....
simply because, Yams too I like, but more than that, I wanted to see what kind of image it would evoke! smile

One of a big basket, filled with big juicy etc etc ;-)
or maybe even a harvest of them.....even better!

I open my eyes... reluctantly, gazing at my screen again...

A lady carrying 9, maybe 10 tubers only!

Sadly, I press the "submit" button on the blogs interface...
" I can buy more in Brixton market..I chuckle to myself"
Im back tomorrow to see some "colourful and interesting objects"

"Nice one Jide", he didn't hear...I suppose he's gone to bed!
  • Meme
  • 8 Feb 2006, 00:36
I was sorry to hear about the loss of your photos....but it only marks the beginning of a new era!!

Please keep up the good work and don't let this minor setback get you down!!
  • Ade
  • 8 Feb 2006, 06:56
Nice shot, like the interesting lighting. A well captivated naija scene. Looking forward to your objects
  • Folake
  • 8 Feb 2006, 08:07
I've liked your ajegunle shots mostly because its nice to know that in your view, thats art.

With this shot, I actually like the colour separation thingie going on.. especially the fact that her world seems to be in colour, because it should be: happiness and contentment really is relative. I think it would have bothered me if she was made to look gloomy, I truly believe she has everything she needs.

p.s. looking forward to tomorrow's shot
  • Morenike
  • 8 Feb 2006, 08:52
Folake, i totally agree with you.the colour separation really works, it's like she's taking her world with her.

nice shot. curious about her face though...
  • Duane Bong
  • 8 Feb 2006, 10:56
I don't get it.... yesterday's photo was not ok with you guys, but today's is. I found it the other way around - the subject definition is weaker here, and the colour a bit less striking. Is it just me?
  • Folake
  • 8 Feb 2006, 11:42
different strokes for different folks i guess :o)
  • mr skee
  • 8 Feb 2006, 11:54
Different strokes for different folks I guess smile

I've always loved the term "Art" for various obvious reasons ;-)

My designer partners at work also love this picture!
  • Tosin
  • 8 Feb 2006, 12:14
Really nice. It looks like the sense it geting duller in colour as you go from left to right. What is behind this change of tone?

In a way it looks like some one is walking from the present time to the past!
  • Sele
  • 8 Feb 2006, 15:34
Tosin, I like that!!!!

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