Jide Alakija

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Digital art or Photography?

I've decided to go all arty on your guys today as I realised that the last time I did an art pic was when I was in Nigeria over the Christmas holiday (when I did Mama Nas). I'm hoping to do some more later on when I find the time.

This might not be to the liking of many but I think that's a matter of style, to some this is not Photography, but digital art, some say that since you took it with a camera then it is photography. I remember a friend once told me that if Ansel Adams was alive today he would use all the digital tools in Photoshop to great his photographs. Anyway I'll leave the debating to you.

Update: I'm not sure this will help but for those who asked here is the original

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comments (53)

Nice one mate!! Brilliant concept!
Jide Alakija: Thanks Sola.
  • incubus
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 1 Jun 2006, 00:10
aha! victorian!
Jide Alakija: Yup. Something like that.
  • Leyustix
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 1 Jun 2006, 00:20
Wow wow wow..Flaming yadaaaaah.. Am I impressed or Am I impressed. Looks like an Image right out of a cartoon.. SinCity or something similar. Loving the tones and the Demeanor of the Newpaper Vendor.. Welldone Pastor.. Oh Did I mention i was impressed.
Jide Alakija: An intersting spin on it. Thanks.
  • wura
  • United States
  • 1 Jun 2006, 00:22
classic. i love the black and white. Great work
Jide Alakija: Thanks Wura.
  • Paul
  • United States
  • 1 Jun 2006, 00:25
It matters not into which bucket it falls, it's fantastic! Art is Art whether it comes from a camera or comes from the hand, it all comes from the heart.


Jide Alakija: Thanks Paul. Original up if you are interested.
  • Reza
  • United States
  • 1 Jun 2006, 01:32
Paul said it all.
Jide Alakija: Thanks Reza, original up if you are interested.
  • idleye
  • Australia
  • 1 Jun 2006, 01:45
idleye says ..... "Millions turn to view Alakija's page".
Jide Alakija: LOL, thanks.
Digital manipulation is a tool ably put to use in your capable hands.
Jide Alakija: Thanks Chris.
  • Foluso
  • United States
  • 1 Jun 2006, 05:36
I like it a lot, good job.
Jide Alakija: Thanks Foluso.
  • sk
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 1 Jun 2006, 06:38
very very very nice Jide, this is what I'm talking about. I am all for digital art
Jide Alakija: Thanks Sir.
  • shooter
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 1 Jun 2006, 07:42
excellent interpretation Jide, I love it, for me it could be Gotham city, I love the almost quizzical look on the vendors face!
  • shooter
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 1 Jun 2006, 07:43
excellent interpretation Jide, I love it, for me it could be Gotham city, I love the almost quizzical look on the vendors face!
Jide Alakija: Thanks Shooter. original up if you are interested.
  • Yinka Babalola
  • Bath
  • 1 Jun 2006, 08:12
Fab!! I've never seen art as being able to tick all the appropriate boxes..i think it's about expression and i guess it makes it worthwhile if people 'get' what you're saying..this is really beautiful..
Jide Alakija: Thanks Yinka, original up if you are interested.
  • Azhar
  • India
  • 1 Jun 2006, 08:18
It' art man, not a photo.I would think it was drawn.
Anyways man its fantastic and deserves to be framed in an art gallery!
Dunno how you managed to mae this thing but its fabulous,
Jide Alakija: Thanks Azhar. Original up if you are interested.
  • E Etomi
  • Nigeria
  • 1 Jun 2006, 08:56
Can I see the original?
Jide Alakija: Here you go.....
  • E Etomi
  • Nigeria
  • 1 Jun 2006, 08:58
Oh and this is really cool
Jide Alakija: Maybe you should leave your email address next time so you are updated when I put the original next time. Thanks BTW. grin
  • tolu
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 1 Jun 2006, 09:47
Absolutely stunning...cant find other words to describe it.
Jide Alakija: Thanks Tolu.
  • sushi
  • Austria
  • 1 Jun 2006, 09:47
uh nice style. looks like davinci code smile
Jide Alakija: It does doesn't it. Did you enjoy the movie?
  • Samarth
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 1 Jun 2006, 09:53
Mind BLOWING!!!....ureangle is so precise and the way you've superimposed that writing is a really neat concept..
Jide Alakija: It was a lucky capture, I caught him as I was just about to move the camera away from him.
  • garyx
  • Stevenage, Great Britain (UK)
  • 1 Jun 2006, 10:07
I think the difference here is that you are adding to the picture and not developing an exiting images tonal values, so for me it is digital art. But that's not to say I don't like it, I do; the procesing reminds me of one of those fake Victorian paintins where someone has pained in a wrist watch - here, you have a boggie box. Nice one.
Jide Alakija: Thanks Garyx
  • emma
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 1 Jun 2006, 10:56
interesting effect, gives it a very old fashioned feel!
Jide Alakija: It does. Thanks emma
  • Mona
  • London
  • 1 Jun 2006, 10:59
This is really nice. Nice way of accentuating a photograph when there's not much to its original. Cos I imagine the original was a photo of the evening standard guy in front of what? I dunno...pls share the original..
Jide Alakija: I've put the original up. Thanks.
  • Mona
  • London
  • 1 Jun 2006, 10:59
nice one idleye heheh wink
  • dezhare
  • my atelier
  • 1 Jun 2006, 11:31
...and then willy wonka comes to buy a paper.......this is AMAZING!!!!!!!!!....I'm quite interested in seeing the original.
Jide Alakija: Thanks dezhare, I've put up the original now.
Its a nice style I have been following the same over at Chromasia for the last couple of days you both are doing nice work.
Jide Alakija: Thanks FP, in a way it does have that style doesn't it. I was actually inspired by something I saw on Kathleen's photoblog (http://www.durhamtownship)
  • micki
  • 1 Jun 2006, 11:49
Lovely work! I've often thought the same about Ansel. I don't doubt for a minute he would've been king of Photoshop.
Jide Alakija: So you agree, nice one. Thanks Micki. Now to do some infra red, if I can get it right. Thanks for the inspiration BTW.
  • Mask
  • Europe
  • 1 Jun 2006, 11:54
With what you are able to do with dis photo, I can only imagine what you would do if you had planned the shot for creating Digital Art from the beginnig. There is a lot of imagination and creativity in this shot. Great work.
Jide Alakija: Thanks Mask. Interesting thought you say. Remember that there has been a build up towards manipulating a photo to what you want, when you are creative before the shot, you tend not to want to do too much manipulation.
  • incubus
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 1 Jun 2006, 12:25
O MY GOD!!!! JIDE!!!!! just looked at the original!! I AM THE DADDY OF IMPRESSED RIGHT ABOUT NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOW!!!!!
Jide Alakija: LOL...You really flatter me.
The debate over what is photography and what is digital art will go on forever. The line separating the two is either brutally thin or way too thick, based on your shooting, processing, and viewing preferences. At the end of the day, you've got to produce what you want to produce. All that's really important is if the image is good, and this is.

OK, wait, rambling above be forgotten. I just saw the original image. This is beautiful art, Jide! smile
  • Chantal
  • Netherlands
  • 1 Jun 2006, 12:37
Awesome colortone you used.
  • Yinka Babalola
  • Bath
  • 1 Jun 2006, 12:47
Ok, i'm stunned..i give it to you..you're really good!
  • david
  • England will win
  • 1 Jun 2006, 13:21
like it a lot: of course the old fashioned stall really helps set the victorian tone. the only thing that jars slightly for me is the graffiti on the stall.
  • faustina
  • United States
  • 1 Jun 2006, 14:07
I really like it. I think I would consider it digital as it is only because of all the script on it. If maybe 1/2 of the writing was removed, or just over the darker places instead of the whole thing then it would look more like a photo. In any case. I really like it.
  • yinkavelli
  • Europe
  • 1 Jun 2006, 14:57
  • Adeola
  • United States
  • 1 Jun 2006, 14:57
My goodness Jide Alakija, you are so talented. I am so like lost for words, but this picture is definitely a form of pure art. To be honest I love your work better than the original, because it makes it look like the Oliver Twist days, and it sure looks original. Awesome Job I must say. You are sure on another Level. ONE
  • Veloran
  • Singapore
  • 1 Jun 2006, 14:57
I think you know my answer already from experience... wink Good thing I appreciate digital art too: nice job!
  • debola
  • Nigeria
  • 1 Jun 2006, 16:31

Wonder how you do these things? MAGIC!
  • s0u1chi1d
  • Smallville
  • 1 Jun 2006, 16:41
Very nice indeedy...

Has a "Gotham city" feel to it.
  • Dammie BerryMoore
  • A Submarine
  • 1 Jun 2006, 17:54
WoW, This is BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!!!
Thanks for visiting my blog. I had a look at your work and i enjoy it. Regards
  • Dammie BerryMoore
  • A Submarine
  • 1 Jun 2006, 17:57
.......and no need to debate....This IS Digital art!!!!!!
Stunning transformation, nice work!
  • Funmi
  • 1 Jun 2006, 19:34
one word... amazing!
  • Obi
  • Nottingham
  • 1 Jun 2006, 19:56
Dude, wooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooow!
  • Ella
  • Germany
  • 1 Jun 2006, 21:10
Love the concept! Pleeease keep on experimenting, because who needs labels anyway ;-)...
  • deji77
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 1 Jun 2006, 21:57
All I wanted to say has already been said.
But, I'll add: throw aside all this self-doubt man and unleash yourself! Absolutely amazing work.
Some are great with turning sand and stone into art that stand the test of time, others do it with a canvas, brush and paint. My friend, yours is the camera....
  • Gary
  • United States
  • 1 Jun 2006, 23:42
excellent image
  • Chloe
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 1 Jun 2006, 23:42
  • ayodeji
  • United States
  • 2 Jun 2006, 00:19
Wow. Ok, I'm of the opinion that there are different kinds of photographers in the world. There are those that take pictures of what they're told to, there're those that take pictures of things just because they 'look cool' (moi), there are those that know 'exactly' what it is they're trying to get out of an image when they take it... those are the ones that have 'the eye', and you, would happen to be one of the latter!... this is amazing.

Ok, now I read the many comments, and noticed that NOONE asked the one question I'd like answered... HOW???!!! What 'exactly' did you do to the picture to get the incredible work of art??? If you would share, I'd be indebted for life, because this right here is just art in its true form... I knew you were good, but WELL DONE!
Jide Alakija: Okay since you asked nicely I'll tell you. grin, Nothing much I just toned it using a combination of the channel mixer and curves then, darkened the areas I thought was distractign with a curve using the select tool to select such areas and finally used a hand-written script brush and superimposed it on the above layer, nothing to it really. I think the hard work was coming up with the idea in the first place.
  • kehinde
  • uk
  • 2 Jun 2006, 12:49
okay jide , i have become somewhat addicted with this whole photography thing, extremely impressed with sola labinjo's blog
still remember him as the true gentleman of quintessence (unilag).
gotta admit considering getting a camera .. must be fun capturing moments.

  • nkx
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 2 Jun 2006, 15:16
Damn jide. U took it to another level. I am always impressed but today, after looking at the original...u have the FORCE. Now, its time to use it... Take that step man.
  • Seyi
  • United States
  • 4 Jun 2006, 10:55
Yo. This is a pretty hot photo man.
I'm telling you this is probably the one.
Do you do wedding photography specifically?
  • Suby
  • Milton Keynes, Great Britain (UK)
  • 8 Jun 2006, 08:47
It's all been said. All the Subster has to do is add BIG FAT STONKING coveted "I LIKEY X2" to this shot.

Now this is what I call Photography Art.

I duff my virtuall hat of to you Sir Alakija.

Brilliant brilliant work.

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