Jide Alakija

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Theme of the Week: Portraits of emotion

Shot 5: Thinker

Up until now I've only had shots of ladies and no blokes! (English slang for Male), I looked through my archive of portraits that I had taken in the past and there wasn't one I was happy with. As such I had to take this shot  two days ago to keep the series going. Don't know if you are like me, my shooting style has really changed a lot, and this portrait says it all.

This particular friend of mine is very much an artistic thinker (he's an architect), I thought the best way to present him in portraiture was to focus on the parts of him that are very much associated with his thinking and design process. I've covered the areas around him, to reduce the distraction around him, in way to show his being cut off from the world around him. It's also in monochrome because I believe he's a very logical, Black and white thinker. Finally his lens stands out to represent the doorway into his designers eye There so much I could say but I'm happy with what I've done with him here.

I'm very interested to hear what you think about it.

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comments (29)

  • John
  • 10 Mar 2006, 00:10
Nice image.
Jide Alakija: Thanks John.
  • Suby
  • 10 Mar 2006, 00:15
I likey
Jide Alakija: Should I say "is that all you can say?"....Thanks Suby.
  • skee
  • 10 Mar 2006, 00:24
Nice concept.... but over processed! Way too much photoshop!You really need to know when to stop!
Compositional wise , this is very dynamic....pls keep it up!
Jide Alakija: Really appreciate your thoughts as usual. Thx.
Hmm... I'm not so sure about this one. Looks more like bad timing to me (closed eyes) than capturing the concept of a "thinker". Perhaps exhausted would have been a better title?
Jide Alakija: I suppose we all read different things from our images. This was an intentional capture.
Now this is what I think a portrait should look like, you've captured the person with their character. Too many people fall into the trap of just snapping at a face and making it black and white.

Jide Alakija: Thanks. Another satisfied customer.
I've gone through your site looked at quite a few of you shots. I must say you have a lot of skill. wonderful stuff.

Your portrait work is stunning.
Jide Alakija: Thanks L Jackson.
Nice contrasting image!
Jide Alakija: Thanks
  • david
  • 10 Mar 2006, 05:01
Another well composed portrait - you have inspired to me to get out and do more "poeple" photography! cheers wink
Jide Alakija: Really? Wow! Thanks, I didn't know it impacted that much.
  • sk
  • 10 Mar 2006, 06:05
U know I like this very much, nice work
Jide Alakija: Well I wasn't going ot show it until later I changed my mind.
Tena koe ehoa
I think it's too heavily processed. So heavy that the glasses look reversed in the way they should appear. The foreground in front of him seems to suggest no bright light source that would make his glasses brighter than the image through his glasses. I know you wanted to highlight certain areas but I don't think it adding to the essence of your friend. The black spaces.... even though you've covered them, seem to have no relevance to your friend, they don't emphasise, enhance or contrast any part of his nature or anatomy.

He looks like he would be an intelligent and articulate fellow but I'm not getting this impression from your image of him. I get the sense that this is more an "artistic rendition of his essence" rather than the "highlighted post processed captured essence of him". Sorry if I seem picky it's not my intention to be, that's just my handle on this image.
Jide Alakija: Please ndiginiz, be as picky as you can, I can handle it, it also shows that you are interested and also helps me understand what people are thinking about my images, most of the time I'm really just experimenting so the real test is what people think. Thanks keep the comments coming.
Interesting image! His glasses really pop out here. I like it.
Jide Alakija: Thanks coffeelover.
This is a very effective portrait, Jide. The "dead space" draws intense attention back to the subject. The vibrant glasses cut through the image like a knife. His likeness reminds me of Spike Lee. Do you see it? Great capture. Regards, Brent
Jide Alakija: In fact now that you've pointed that out I think you are right, he does have that Spike lee look. Thanks Brent.
  • Morenike
  • 10 Mar 2006, 08:51
Is that Seun Oduwole by any chance?
  • Niki
  • 10 Mar 2006, 09:50
it must be tough being an artist, getting people to see a picture from your POV - i guess cos it's a perception thing: people see a photograph/painting/sculpture in different ways. not convinced, just get a group of friends to look at a Dali painting and it becomes apparent.

While it's true that excellence always shines through, IMO, the greatest failure for an artist/photographer must be the inability to provoke reactions or evoke emotion. If the comments on your blog are anything to go by, then you must be doing well. I think your work, though not always perfect (then agian, who can lay claim to that), has that quality that to it that makes it alive and human - more than just picture and less 2D. It's a very rare quality, which i feel you lose occassionally when you try to be more mainstream. Just thought to tell you that your pictures are really something and to keep doing what you do - you can only get better.

Having said all that, I like the way you captured the moment. It screams "intellectual". However, i'm not sure about the "dead space" on the left. It's almost as distracting as the item on the right (looks to me like a coat on a hanger) and seems to take away from the focal point of the picture. The model, mmm... there's only one man i know with eyebrows as bushy as these...
Jide Alakija: Thanks, Reni, as usual deep words, love them, try this, cover the dead space and look at the image again then take your cover off and see the image once more.....tell me what you see.
  • Tosin
  • 10 Mar 2006, 10:09
I really really love this shot. It is deep, dark and thoughtful.

I love the loneliness that comes across. I could look at it for hours. I really think this is a master piece. What does the subject of the pic think about his portrait. Does it express his personality accurately?

Love you. Well done Jide!!!
Jide Alakija: Thanks Tosin. Love you to.
  • Niki
  • 10 Mar 2006, 11:24
I just realised why all the darkness is distracting rather than intense, the resolution on my screen isn't as sharp as you'd get on others. Nevertheless, i think i prefer the pic with the dark space covered. I guess it's has something to do with how, way back then, i was too busy fancying the pants off the model all the time i was meant to be listening to our Sunday School teacher!
Jide Alakija: Oh well you can't win them all can you. Small world hey!
  • Micki
  • 10 Mar 2006, 11:27
I like it a lot. Again, I don't know what else to say, you have a great eye for portrait photography. Well done!
Jide Alakija: Thanks Micki, said alot already, I hope you aren't getting bored. I'm not theme-ing my work next week as I have a variety of stuff to show.
I hardly do any creative tricks (PS) with my pictures but I appreciate people who do this. I agree with Niki. You are the artist here. We like the result or we don't like it. DOT.
Many people don't like contemporary art. I would say, too bad for them...
Don't listen too much to other people's criticism. Just do your thing. Do what you like and what you enjoy. In the end this is what will make your pictures better.
Imagine what would have happened if Dali, Picasso, etc. would have taken into account the criticism...
Jide Alakija: Awww thanks Sidney. I agree with your point about the subjectivity of art, I guess it's what gives us freedom to express our true selves. Next week promises to be more arty!
What a great portrait, makes the viewer wonder about his thoughts.
Jide Alakija: Thanks Chantal
  • david
  • 10 Mar 2006, 12:51
i think this is a highly effective portrait; moody and thoughtful; i disagree about it being over-processed.
Jide Alakija: Wow someone sees what I see. Thanks David.
  • Dave
  • 10 Mar 2006, 15:11
Really exciting portrait. Your subject reminds me somehow of some moody and beautiful shots I've seen of Eric Dolphy, the jazz musician.
Jide Alakija: Thanks, Dave.
  • A colleague
  • 10 Mar 2006, 15:23
Very intelligent photo all i can see is glasses ..
Jide Alakija: John is that you?
  • seun oduwole
  • 10 Mar 2006, 22:54
Alakija,one word...... KOBOKO !!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Jide Alakija: Heeeeheeee.....Are you going to sue me now? wink
  • seun oduwole
  • 11 Mar 2006, 00:19
how can? i think its a nice photo. not quite sure about the 'black & white' process though. logic is important yes, but the ability to blur the boundaries of reality in order to generate an alternative solution is what defines creativity, innit??;o)
Jide Alakija: Deep as usual. Thanks mate.
  • Ololade
  • 11 Mar 2006, 23:31
I like the "deepness" of this shot...I dont so much agree with the processing tho'...
Jide Alakija: Thanks, well I don't think many would agree but that's the art in my work.
  • ebun oduwole
  • 19 Mar 2006, 17:46
I like this one..not just because he's my egbon. From this shot, I want to believe what you write about him being a "thinker"
  • loic
  • 21 Mar 2006, 14:25
Hum, it's really an excellent BW, what to say more ?
very calm and inviting. awesome
  • Amoureux Poetique
  • United Kingdom
  • 29 Mar 2006, 12:05
K, so I took a good look at these shots, and, at first glance, they were easy on the eyes...expectedly. However, photography, lads, photography demands a significant amount of naturality to it. I work in a creative agency, so photoshop is very much like the 2nd pen that works when the first gets nicked. However, we are commercial and have no artistic conscience. We create things so you can look and stay glued.

Now, I applaud the bloke who's got these done. However, you differentiate yourself at the snap of the shutter, not on the magic brushes embedded by software. For instance, the lady on one of the next few pages - whom I see is your girlfriend - well, nice pic, yea, but whatever happened to correlating her natural looks with a natural shot? The window-washing lad, whatever happened to maintaining the rough edges which are attributed to his belittled existence? That's photography, mate - telling truth through imagery, not making rashes look like make-up. That moment the natrual eye misses because we fail the ability to pause [or even decelerate] time. That's the one you should keep your eye on. Leave the editing to industry bigots comme moi.

I s'pose I'd use your shots for a day's wallpaper, so cheers all the same.
Jide Alakija: Great points, however it's again a matter of choice. I don't think my art is to show what everyone wants to see, I for one am not interested in that side of things. I personally see an image and appreciate it for what it is but then I try to add/subtract from it in the way I please.

Wallpaper art? Well that again is another opinion, remember this is a blog not a gallery, I post shots on a daily basis and I think that's something that shouldn't be taken for granted, how I wish I could take time out from the daily things that I do and go out and take the shots that tell the stories that you talk about, but that would be costly and also time consuming, I doubt I'd be able to do that on a daily basis at least not with the equipment I have.

Some of people do this full time and then there are the rest of us who squeeze in an hour a day to make a nice "wallpaper" type image to share with the world.

In saying that I thank you for your comments and you are right in what you say however I do think that it's only an opinion out of many.

They call it ART - No right or worng.

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