Jide Alakija

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I've been told by some of my very lovely fans that some of the best shots I have on my archive are the ones where I capture a  moment typical on the Nigerian way of life. Well I'm happy to tell you that I have a lot more in my archive, though I haven't had time to process them as they are really hard to process.

This was one taken at a friends wedding, he was very late, so I decided to do what I normally love doing, looking for that moment that I could take back with me to England. Maybe I should have called this shot "igbale" which means Sweeper or broom, I don't know anyway I thought this would bring back some memories to those who haven't been to Nigeria in a while and also inform those who haven't been to a West African country at all.

Okay I'm hoping to hear some stories from you all on this one. I personally love the cast of sunlight unto the church steps, for those of you very familiar with Lagos, I challenge you to tell me where this was taken.

comments (26)

  • Meme
  • 15 Mar 2006, 00:43
Well...it ain't Holy Cross or Falomo, thats for damn sure... tongue

With regards to the shot, I think you could've focused more on the way the light hit the steps...as that would've been quite interesting to see...
Jide Alakija: Good attempt but nah! Hmm I see what you mean about the steps.
I love how the black draws you into the main focus of the shot. I love central compositions, so anyone who employs them usually gets a huge thumbs up from me. The blurred broom adds energy and motion to the picture. The tones are nice, as well.
Jide Alakija: Thanks Brent. I always look forward to you comments.
  • Suby
  • 15 Mar 2006, 09:05
I can tell you where it was taken, Lagos. Do I win a prize smile he he he. Nice shot though. The fact that the subject is centralised actually works for this shot.
Jide Alakija: Lagos? C'mon more specifically! Thanks Suby.
I have mentioned before that i really enjoy your 'Naija' shots, this one is another great example. An everyday scene captured creatively. Nice work! - [Chuks]
ps: still doesn't like my email, Sorry ;-)
Jide Alakija: Thanks Chuks. The guys are unto the email address issue. =)
  • bola
  • 15 Mar 2006, 11:02
It couldnt be the Methodist Church in Ebute Metta by channce?

Nice work
Jide Alakija: Well done. You worship there?
I like the speed in the sweeper.
Jide Alakija: Thanks Chantal. Speed, that's funny.
  • Micki
  • 15 Mar 2006, 12:11
Just the perfect amount of blur in his broom. Awesome photo.
Jide Alakija: Thanks Micki.
  • Inu
  • 15 Mar 2006, 12:55
I particularly like the way the sweeper's body curves into the curve of his broom. I don't like the black surround though as it keeps drawing the eye away from the actual subject (I keep trying to figure what's in the darkness). Nice though.
Jide Alakija: I think that's the mystery behind the photograph. Thanks.
  • Colin Hunter
  • 15 Mar 2006, 13:26
T'is indeed a lovely shot. I so want to send the sweeper a handle for his broom, though. It makes my back ache just to look at him.
Jide Alakija: You know that's a very good point about the handle, though it gets in the way when you want to sweep large areas. Thanks.
  • Veloran
  • 15 Mar 2006, 14:16
Nice shot! I like the way you framed the sweeper. But I find the pew and the gate (it's a gate, right?) on the left rather distracting... Just my two cents. tongue
Jide Alakija: Thanks Veloran.
  • Dave
  • 15 Mar 2006, 15:25
Very interesting scene of Nigerian life. Maybe I'll get there someday.
Jide Alakija: You must go, make sure you go with someone who knows the place. Thanks.
  • Tosin
  • 15 Mar 2006, 15:25
you did you crazy guy
Jide Alakija: Huh? What do you mean Tosin?
  • Gary
  • 15 Mar 2006, 16:07
nice one, he looks like he's onstage
Jide Alakija: LOL....Yeah he does doesn't he. Thanks Gary.
  • david
  • 15 Mar 2006, 16:11
i love the soft lighting and the way the border focusses you in on the subject.
Jide Alakija: Thanks David.
Lovely viewpoint and a nice contrasting image.
Jide Alakija: Thanks Ashish Sidapara
Great Shot! Like David said, Soft lighting cought my eyes as soon as I saw this one!
Jide Alakija: I love the soft focus too. Thanks samcam
i like the almost sepia feel and the softness here~
Jide Alakija: Thanks GeckoZ. Sepia...hmmm.
  • sola
  • 15 Mar 2006, 17:16
You kill me, men! Make me wanna go home when I see these pics. Like I said I come here daily for my lift up...and absolutely fabulous pictures you take. I love the whole shot, esp the way the sweeper is framed! Keep it up!
Jide Alakija: Thanks Sola, you flatter me. I hope to keep it up!
  • AyoTEJ
  • 15 Mar 2006, 17:33
Nice ... I like most of ur photography anyway. This is tpical 9ja ... why is he sweeping when the wedding is about to start? Anyhow that is besides the point, I like the use of the light as the focal point in this particular picture. I like the way the sunlight is coming thru though, it makes it look sort of ethereal, like he is sweeping the floor to make room for the soft light to come in. Almost makes it look like an act of worship. Like he is softly beckoning the light with the strokes of his broom. Or maybe it's just me?
Jide Alakija: Thanks Ayotej. You know you asked a very good question as to why he is sweeping before the wedding there. Interesting.
  • sk
  • 15 Mar 2006, 20:53
U know I like this shot
  • John
  • 15 Mar 2006, 21:13
Very nice, love the guy sweeping.
Jide Alakija: thanks John
I love the processing on this. I would've cropped it in a tad, but it's beautiful as is.
Jide Alakija: Thanks Danielle.
  • bola
  • 16 Mar 2006, 16:07
lol!!! It was just a wild stab in the dark. Been there a couple of times when I was staying with my Aunt at Ebute Metta. Never seen it this way though before. This wedding would by chance happen to have been in January this year?
  • Funmi
  • 17 Mar 2006, 17:15
dunno where dis is... but i like the picture.
This is a brilliant shot. The lighting is amazing
  • loic
  • 21 Mar 2006, 14:21
Too much dark for me, and it's hard to understand the scene.

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