Jide Alakija

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Does silence always mean that the customer is right?
The last time I put up an off focused image it got crucified, sadly or happily for me I lost all the comments for that image.

Then I was still new to the whole photoblogging arena. What was really funny was that those that didn't like it left a comment and the ones that did didn't leave a comment. Strange.

It goes to show that a customer is more likely to be quiet when they are happy but will make a big point about it when they are not. Let's see if that this is the case this time.

This is my fathers "Gateman", Mohammed. I asked him for a picture and he obliged. The last time I put up the blurry image it was his wife, I can't remember her name

Post processing: Taken in RAW, BW through Lab mode, sepia tone, lens blur.

A good friend, Bukkie Opebiyi, a Nigerian photographer is exhibiting her work the whole of next week starting with a private viewing on Friday, 21st April 2006. The title of the exhibition : 'Nigeria, My Bias'. The exhibition is on till the 26 April at:

London College of Communication, Lower street Gallery, Elephant and Castle, London SE1 6XB.
Times: 9:30am - 8:00pm.

You can see some of her work

comments (24)

Jide, always nice to experiment, you know a funny thing? This works for me, it could be anyone, the "unknown" man next door. Do we really have to be able to see the whole shot before we can appreciate the image?

Another reason it works for me is cause "this is the result you wanted to achieve in your editing" what we should thus be doing is thinking outside the box and trying to look at the image through the eyes of the artist.

Brave shot, good use of lens blur. You earn a I Likey from the Subster.


The links you put up do not work smile
Jide Alakija: Thank, I fixed the links now.
  • mr skee
  • skeetown UK
  • 23 Apr 2006, 00:16
This is how I see things without my glasses or contacts.... THATS WHY I wear them!
Jide Alakija: LOL.
It works for me, too. It wouldn't have worked without the vertical/central composition...which is done beautifully here.

BTW, Jide you have to promise that your shot WAITING 2 will be blown up and hung at your next gallery opening. Thank you.
Jide Alakija: Thanks Brent. Of course I'll put it up just for you!...wink
  • Fi Fi
  • London, UK
  • 23 Apr 2006, 01:41
I like this a lot. Distorted reality? Whatever it is. it's very good. Keep on truckin!
Jide Alakija: Madam Fi Fi, na you be this? Thanks for the visit. Really honoured by it.
  • Sidney
  • Philippines
  • 23 Apr 2006, 04:15
Is this a ghost???
Cool effect !
Jide Alakija: Thanks Sidney.
  • nkx
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 23 Apr 2006, 04:29
Nice one although I think the blurry focus does funny things to my eyes.
Jide Alakija: Poor you. Will have to settle because there should be another blurry one tomorrow too, if I get the time to shoot today.
  • Veloran
  • Singapore
  • 23 Apr 2006, 08:17
Nice concept, I can see what you're trying to convey here, but it's just not my kind of thing.
Jide Alakija: Thanks Veloran for taking the time to comment even thought it's not your kind of thing. I really appreciate it.
  • Ella
  • Germany
  • 23 Apr 2006, 08:37
To quote David Hurn talking about the blur in the portraits of Julia Margaret Cameron: "Personally, I do not see why the inner man, if it exists, is not better revealed by a sharp image." Your photo works for me, because I love the contrast of the darker skin to the white shirt and background as well as your framing. I just don't think I would have liked it any less, if it was sharp.
Jide Alakija: Did you and Seb study photography or something, so rich in Knowledge, learning a lot from you both.
  • bruno
  • Sweden
  • 23 Apr 2006, 08:42
very unique photo. love it smile
Jide Alakija: Thanks Bruno.
  • jlc
  • 23 Apr 2006, 10:36
Nice texture of b&w I love this shot wink
  • micki
  • 23 Apr 2006, 11:18
hmmm, I do like this, quite a bit actually! You got it just right!!
Nice concept.
  • eterisk
  • United States
  • 23 Apr 2006, 14:57
sometimes other forget that this is fun and photographing are a way to explore and see what happens. I like it.. keep up the good work.
Forgot to focus? Sorry, couldn't resist. wink
Interesting experiment.I'm on the wall,I can't decide whether I love it or hate it.That's how creative it is - I can't decide!
A first for me Jide, I have to say that I prefered this hsot as the thumbnail. Just alittle too blurry for me, but hey who am I to say!?!?

Like what your going for mate, always good to experiment!
blurry effect works well in this shot...i like the eye sockets shape and tone of bw here...cool effectsmile
Undecided...maybe I'll come back wink

I do commend you for experimenting though, keeps things fresh.
Yep it's juussstt enough to be intriguing.
  • banke
  • United States
  • 26 Apr 2006, 21:25
I feel nostalgic and guilty like i cant even see him...everyday i go through the gate and i never see him sad
  • Femi
  • United States
  • 27 Apr 2006, 01:22
There's something oddly vertiginous about this - maybe cos I get dizzy when I take my glasses off - someone mentioned that earlier? No clue what it is, but I just got dizzy right away...
  • IQ test
  • France
  • 28 Apr 2006, 14:12
I don't understand this effect, the blur is too much in my opinion.
  • Reza
  • United States
  • 9 May 2006, 03:07
I'm diggin this bro. Very sweet shot!
  • Omotomi
  • United States
  • 16 Jun 2006, 03:43
This pic is not too bad actually, however, it is a bit hard on the eyes and I find that the harder I look the greater its hypnotic effects on me. Good though. A bit like an old photograph taken ages ago... or someone you knew ages ago... Good.

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