Jide Alakija

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Waiting for customers

Theme of the Week: Shooting from inside the car

Shot 2: Waiting for customers

Does every shot have to have a point? When you look at photographs what do you look for? Some people see photographs and the first thing that comes to mind is "what did he see when he took this shot?" A painter once asked me whilst I was exhibiting in Lagos "Jide, what is your inspiration when you take photographs?" I stood there for 5 mins speechless not knowing what to say. Do you have this impression when you do what it is you do? If you are a doctor what inspires you to do what you do? To be honest, I just "wait for customers" to tell me what they think. I like it when people can tell their own stories from my work, no doubt I saw something when I took these shots but what I think really interests me is how people react when they see it. I learn more about myself through their own eyes.

Okay enough giberish.......tell me a story about this shot!

Dislaimer: I wasn't driving when this was taken.

More to come tomorrow.

comments (11)

  • Suby
  • 21 Feb 2006, 00:29
Sharp image.

After 4.25 minutes of looking at the image (timed myself) all I can think of is sharp image.

Does that mean I like it? Don't know. Do I dislike it? Not realy.

For me it just says "wow I wish I had the camera that took the image".

Is it a good picture? It probably is.

What inspires me? Everything and anything, my moods, the day, a smile, a tree, my wife. I think it totally depends on what one wants to inspire oneself.

One thing I know that inspires me also is the expression I see on peoples faces when the finished product is presented, the look in the eyes, wait for the sparkle, the marvel, is that me, my baby, us? Wait for the smile then the slight "wow" and bingo, I am inspired for my next shoot.


"Ars longa, vita brevis"
  • Suby
  • 21 Feb 2006, 08:55
Looking at the image again.

As a photojournalist image. Spot on.

Show's an aspect of the daily lives of the inhabitants.

  • Tosin
  • 21 Feb 2006, 10:19
I like this shot! I like the colours, the motorcycles tell a story on their own. These machines are dangerous. I am also wander why that woman is crossing to road so carelessly?
  • T A
  • 21 Feb 2006, 12:45
As much as I like 'Naija' pix, this one just rouses my fear of Lagos roads. As for Okadas, don't even get me started. I detest them, you wouldn't catch me dead on one. That's as far as 'my story' goes. On the artist: as always, great eye for detail and a talent for capturing 'the moment' ;-)
Why 1/3200 ?
Hmm, looking for daily bread ... Those guys are always alert for customers even when they seem to be discussing subjects of interest. It's definitely a shot with imaginative story. Still developing my own skills.
  • digitalmike
  • 21 Feb 2006, 14:14
I like it. It's a little dark, but that could be my monitor. I may be a little better if it was wider.
Suby: 4.25 mins, wow, you really study your art. Thanks

Jeppe: I hade the apeture open too wide with I took this shot. You can imagine I saw the moment and had to take it before I could change the settings on my camera, remember I was in a moving vehicle.

Digitalmike: I think it must be your screen. I actually liked it tighter but I suppose that each person has a different view on things. Thanks for the comments.
  • Asiko
  • 21 Feb 2006, 16:59
  • folake
  • 21 Feb 2006, 17:46
I like how it all looks so clean, almost staged.. like the dudes polished their bikes for the photo, but then again you know without being told that it wasn't staged. I like the random bits of colour and the healthy trees behind, and the way everything just works together, very pleasing to look at..nice work
Folake: Thanks for your comments, I spent about an hour sorting out the colours, shine and shadows in this one. Maybe my manipulation made it look staged.

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