Jide Alakija

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A dark parking mess

Theme of the Week: Shooting from inside the car

Shot 1: A dark parking mess

Firstly let me tell you that I have deliberately processed this shot as dark as it is. You may disagree with it and as usual I'll be very interested to hear what you think.

This was taken on a very hot and dark day in Lagos last year. It's dark because that's exactly how I felt at the time, it took us hours to get out of this parking area in front of the bank I was visiting (I needed a bank account). As some of you know Lagos is blessed with automobiles of all kinds but no roads or parking facilities for them. Now imagine this as you look at the shot, the man in front of our car (on the left) communicating with the man in the mirror (behind us), observe the cars around the car I am in, you'll notice the mess they have some how put us in......

Okay I say no more but ask this question, what is the future for the transport system in a developing city like Lagos?

More to come tomorrow.

comments (17)

  • Stan
  • 20 Feb 2006, 02:28
Shot is way too busy. It does do a good job of conveying the feeling of chaos though. Not sure the lighting helps the photo any...
Hmm.. strange. I can't see the photo. It doesn't load. The photos from the other blogs work tho.
Strangely enough, I don't think this is too busy. In fact, I like the reflection. You get 2 scenes into 1 photo, very smart concept.
  • skee
  • 20 Feb 2006, 06:02
Nice idea...but

If the guys in the mirror of the car were doing something of interest, then this would be a picture worthy of some "photo-journalistic" acclaim!

Sadly, this is not the case! and hence... just a nice idea!
  • skee
  • 20 Feb 2006, 06:07
I think, what I meant to say was...wait for the right moment, and then shoot!

" A Ninja with a camera ;-) "
  • Ade
  • 20 Feb 2006, 08:01
Hello photojournalist, I am so happy how u are evolving ur style, ur seriously coming into your own. I like this shot, the atmosphere, greenish (or whatever colour) tint and the darkness. The moment of the two shots is very good. well done.
Asiko has landed at shutterchance he he (http://www.asiko.shutterchance.com/)
I like it, largely because of the guy near left.
I like the photo and I like the speed in the pictures where you have to think up 2 or 3 stories that could happen at the same time.

The colours are so much Nigerian colours and even if they are a bit dark, it would paint another picture in my head if it where different.

There is a certain tension over the pictures. It gives an edge to it as well.

Cool shot!
  • ODY
  • 20 Feb 2006, 11:12
  • Suby
  • 20 Feb 2006, 11:45

Like the fact it's 2 pictures in one.

The sepia does not do it for me though.

Don't like the car door showing on the left side.

  • Sope jimo
  • 20 Feb 2006, 12:51
I can feel the discomfort already through your photo! Many parts of Lagos are congested....won't go into detail. In theory, a well maintained rail system would help reduce the strain on the motorways and cut travel time.In practice, with unstable power supply and poor management, its hard to see it happening. Ferrys and small shipping vessels too aren't such a bad idea, considering much of lagos is accessible via waterways. This could be exploited.
  • Lajumoke
  • 20 Feb 2006, 13:30
I like the shot. The chaotic feel about it. I think its one of your best shots.
Forgot to comment on the traffic before...

I'm from Denmark and our humour is filled with irony and sarcasm, read the following with that in mind.

I have never been to Lagos, only Abuja, Jos and Numan. I heard a funny joke while in Nigeria.

How can you tell if a driver is Drunk in Nigeria?

He drives straight!

Maybe Nigeria could have the following principles:

* In Nigeria we want cars to drive straight - so we need roads without houls

* In Nigeria we're taking flying serious, so we never want to have an airport called the worst in world again.

* Infrastructure is THE sign of wealth every single rich country is paved in asphalt - so we want parts of Nigeria paved in asphalt

* Electricity is not an factor in Nigeria(Nepa) so no need to focus on a trains and other development that focus on electricity.

Thats my bid....
  • Sele
  • 20 Feb 2006, 16:58
forgive my tetchnical ignorance - what is "sepia"?

I like the concept - something about it prevents me from giving it my 100% - not sure what though!

ps: thanks for putting up (some of) my photos from the rugby party up! smile
how did i do?
Sele, sorry for the technical jargon.

For future follow these steps.

1. Goto Google.com
2. type in "define:sepia"
3. Click "Google search"
4. Then come back to Alakija.com and tell us what you've learnt.


I couldn't tell which shots were yours and which were mine. wink
  • Frank Zappa
  • 20 Feb 2006, 17:18
Art is making something out of nothing and selling it.

Good job
I like the tone of the photo.
But, I have difficulty trying to imagine the situation you were in. ... my bad imagination thinking. smile
But, I trust you. It must have been a nightmare being in a mess of parking lot, especially if you cannot get your car out.

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