Jide Alakija

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How did they get there?

Theme of the Week: Shooting from inside the car

Shot 4: How did they get there?

This is so typical of the city of Lagos. In fact it's typical of many developing cities in the world. You find vehicles attempting to create short cuts by cutting through the carriage way septas and two things can either happen, they either end up damaging the septas or getting stuck in the gutter like this one over here. Is there any hope for the transportation in places like these? You can imaging the frustration on the faces of drives on this road, so much so that they in turn end up doing the same thing as this driver has done due to the fact that he has blocked the road.

Sigh! All is not lost and there is still much hope for us.

Also the techie stuff. When I took this shot I wasn't sure how I would present it until now. I spent about two days working on it to get it to look like this. For the first time I'll show you what the
original looked like so you can see the extent of the work carried out on the shot.

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

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

More to come tomorrow and 3 more shots left in this series before the next one, this is tough! Please can you at least tell me how I'm doing? I really do value your input....PLEASE!!!!

comments (17)

  • Suby
  • 23 Feb 2006, 00:28
Me no likey.

Link to original not working.

When you however bring out your photo book on sights & sound of Nigeria, this will be a good picture to add. smile



Will comment some more when I can see the original.
Just want to point out the very ironic banner in the top left. Classic!
  • Jide Alakija
  • 23 Feb 2006, 00:33
Funny you say that Suby, because the link to the original works for me. Try to refresh.
  • Suby
  • 23 Feb 2006, 00:50
Okay works now. In bed and laptop was playing up smile Definitely prefer this version.

Hee hee. More irony. I like! Anyway, on the technical front, good job with the edit. This version is much more focused on the problem that this men are facing.
  • skee
  • 23 Feb 2006, 09:28
Q. How did they get there?
A. "No brakes I suppose"

mr skee is back!
  • Sele
  • 23 Feb 2006, 09:50
I think the entire message on the banner above [as seen in the original] would have played up the irony a bit more - that would have been nice! Obviously that would have compromised the area of focus!!! C'est la vie!

I like it sha!
  • Folake
  • 23 Feb 2006, 13:36
Liking the focus/concentration thingie going on. Cool
  • bola
  • 23 Feb 2006, 14:47
Dont know why it seems like I'm trying to focus or like i've just woken up whenever is see the picture.

oti su ju (too dark)
  • Jide Alakija
  • 23 Feb 2006, 14:55
Bola it must be your screen.
  • Asiko
  • 23 Feb 2006, 16:10
nice shot. again photojournalism. I am waiting for something else from U Mr Alakija. Don't get me wrong I like ur photojournalism, but remember I've seen some of ur other shots.
  • tinkerbell
  • 23 Feb 2006, 16:53
hello again. I haven't been visiting the site regularly so I really am not familiar with the series. What do I think? the cropping does help focus on the men and their dilemma. Must say that it looks like they are just standing around scratching their behinds...if you think about it, kinda like our collective attitude towards all the various ills plaguing us in Nigeria. I apologise for getting carried away.
  • Sinem
  • 23 Feb 2006, 17:35
Wow, how the hell did you get that unearthly glow; i disagree with my other half: 'i likey!' Keep it up!
you are doing great, Jide. Keep it up. Good series, so far.
Sinem, I think Suby should be listening to you more often.
  • Tolu Odunfa
  • 23 Feb 2006, 18:46
Definitely prefer the original...concept-wise. The irony would have complemented your photo-journalism ambitions quite well. Of course, the original is a bit rough around the edges - for lack of better techie photography words. Don't let the pressure of quantity vs quality get to you.
  • bola
  • 23 Feb 2006, 21:52
true that! tried it on the pc at home and it was def clearer! It still feels heavy though. Does that make sense?

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