Jide Alakija

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Less colour work here and more art I think. Okay now I want the rain to go away. I forgot that this is the United Kingdom where there is always rain no matter the season. With the rain comes the cold and it's almost as if the winter has decided that it wants a taste of summer too.

Not much to say on this one, just a bit unusual from my normal portraits, I've started to realise that most of my visitors really are just here to look at photos and not many actually read the text below them. Wanted to spark of a discussion about rain, water and burst pipe yesterday, somehow I wasn't able to get it going. I wonder how many people would read this one today, if you do and do normally please send me a "private" comment - You can do this by selecting the "photograper only" option in the comments field below. All I want to know is that you actually read these, don't have to leave your name or email address, just plain "anonymous" will do. Let's see how many people will respond. I'll tell you all how many did tomorrow.

comments (51)

Loving this shot Jide. The tones and the mood and the setting are lovely.
I actually found a setting very much like this. Though no model for it yet sad
cheeky u!
  • Ede
  • London, Great Britain (UK)
  • 15 Jun 2006, 01:23
Lovely pic...I'm feeling you on the rain and winter trying to creep in and ruin the small relief from the never ending cold.
Hopefully it should warm up again. I'm thinking like ASAP, as I would rather take the humidity and any day than the freezing cold. Must be the African in me!!!!
  • idleye
  • Australia
  • 15 Jun 2006, 02:44
anonymous says ... whoops, it is i idleye, aye!

Yep nice shot, cool PP.

Is this more than a portrait, is it saying something about MrT's alienation in our constructed urban environment?
Or is he too, like the fresh prince depicted previously, merely thinking about lunch?
  • skee again
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 15 Jun 2006, 02:51
.... a very good shot!

My original comment was censored, and it wasn't rude, just funny.... what's going on!
  • numero ?
  • United States
  • 15 Jun 2006, 03:18
read the text... usually do... just since you're trying to get a count.. count me in smile
  • sk
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 15 Jun 2006, 07:45
very nice work Jide, ur PP skills are off the hizzle
  • bruno
  • Sweden
  • 15 Jun 2006, 08:07
just amazing. looks like advertising shot for Nike or something smile
see ya smile)
ps. i always read your text smile
  • Steve
  • United States
  • 15 Jun 2006, 09:00
Here's a private comment to prove I read it smile Cool shot BTW.

I've got a question for you about posting actually: when I put up the description for one of my images, I want to be able to put in a link behind some text, i.e. without the whole url appearing. Not for any subversive reason, just for neatness. For axample, I'd like to be able to say something like 'this shot is similar to my one from ', instead of 'this shot is similar to my one from last friday (http://steve.shutterchance.com/blahblah.htm)'.

I realise that if I put the whole url, it automagically detects that it's a hyperlink. I've tried the 'insert link' button to the left of the 'size' drop-down, but it only comes up with a small pop-up saying that the page cannot be displayed.

Any idea if this is possible?

Thanks. Steve
  • Folake
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 15 Jun 2006, 09:05
Ahh the lovely British weather, i hear its suppose to stop raining today. if its any consolation I'm even more p'ed, this down pour cane just when i got into outdoor basketball too...

Ok so loving the picture as art, is it intentional that we can't actually see his face? is that Tami's bro? is he meant to be a 'mystery'? The concept of the picture remind me of something, can't quite figure it out tho.. oh well. Nice work dude!
Lovely dark and moody. Re the weather....I put my Nigerian flag on my blog...so I don't have to do the English thing and talk bout the weather!
  • Antonia
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 15 Jun 2006, 10:04
Hi Jide,

I do read your comments - its always nice to understand the reasons for taking the pictures. This particular pic is a very nice one.
  • Suby
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 15 Jun 2006, 10:06
I am absolutely loving everything about this shot. Love the composistion, love the choice of tones, love the lighting (you know I love dark), ofcourse you earn yourself a well earned coveted "I LIKEY" from the Subster.

Now this shot I WISH I HAD TAKEN. Darn this Alakija fella smile

  • Tosin
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 15 Jun 2006, 10:11
  • Seyi
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 15 Jun 2006, 10:18
Still check ur pics daily but not for the 'technicalities' just for the solid stuff you put up...
Keep doing what you do man, great stuff
  • tolu
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 15 Jun 2006, 10:26
hey fab potrait i must say. even tho' its unusual but i'm loving it (especially the dark and edgy vibe).
Have to admit i visit your blog daily but don't usually leave a comment (cos i'm lazy). altho' i always read the text. Just saw your the photography piece you and tosin did wit NI as well, kudos to you guys. All good stuff.
  • chunter
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 15 Jun 2006, 10:36
You have a deft touch with this style of photography. It has a gritty earthiness and a professional feel to it. It's well balanced, toned, exposed - perfect. I really like this image.
  • E Etomi
  • Nigeria
  • 15 Jun 2006, 10:40
Looks like a CD cover...its actually raining here too, and when I say rain I mean RAIN not like that pathetic 'drizzle' in england.
  • tolu
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 15 Jun 2006, 10:44
fantastic shot. love the darka and edgy feel to it. And since i'm a potrait lover i'm diggin dis (even tho' its unusual)
  • tolu
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 15 Jun 2006, 10:45
fantastic shot. love the darka and edgy feel to it. And since i'm a potrait lover i'm diggin dis (even tho' its unusual)
  • Chantal
  • Netherlands
  • 15 Jun 2006, 11:28
nice composition and color tone.
  • Sinem
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 15 Jun 2006, 11:30
Dude, I always read your writing underneath the photograph. C'mon now, you sohuld know that abi!
  • Sinem
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 15 Jun 2006, 11:32
Fantastic shot! Great tones and light and composition. I wish he was looking to his left rather than face the camera though.
Jide Alakija: I actually have shots of him looking in four directions, top, right, left and forward. I prefered this one. Thanks Sin.
  • Azhar
  • India
  • 15 Jun 2006, 12:02
Nearly outdid yourself, feeling yesterdays was better because of the colour, although this has alot more impact and is better processed, still seem to like the other more.No doubt you still get the coveted GREAT GREAT GREAT SHOT!
  • Petra
  • Netherlands
  • 15 Jun 2006, 12:08
i read the text after i looked at the photo. After reading it i look at the photo again....sometimes a text changes my opinion.
Not about liking it,or not but understanding things better.
Often i dont react on a text just because english is not my main language, so its hard for me to say something sensible
BTW I really love this photo today....I would put it in my house.

I do read your text
I like this portrait becuase there is so much space surrounding the subject. The brickwork gives a sense of place.
  • micki
  • 15 Jun 2006, 12:14
Another portrait that's just "too cool." The lighting is just perfect, do you set up your lighting?
Jide Alakija: Thanks Micki, The lighting came from the sky above, there was no roof, I also did a bit of dodging around the subject too.
  • micki
  • 15 Jun 2006, 12:14
I always read everything you write.
  • faustina
  • United States
  • 15 Jun 2006, 13:22
I really like the tone and feeling of this shot. Well done.
  • faustina
  • United States
  • 15 Jun 2006, 13:23
I usually read everything, although sometimes I am just to busy and only comment on the photo. Yesterday was one of those busy days.
  • Ella
  • Germany
  • 15 Jun 2006, 13:38
Very cool picture! Great scene and silvery grey gradient. Maybe I would have zoomed a little closer on the guy.
I always read your info, but Sebastian and I have made the experience that about one third our visitors don't ;-). We have about 30 degrees in our apartment with the windows open (no air conditioning in Germany), so please keep talking about rain...
  • Gboyega Dada
  • Nigeria
  • 15 Jun 2006, 13:53
This is so tight! And yesterday i read your comment (just didn't respond grin). Again I'm loving this photo!!!
  • Judy
  • United States
  • 15 Jun 2006, 15:38
Cool picture!! Very unique! I'm loving it!
I like the feel of this one, it was made for black and while...well taken
  • Dammie BerryMoore
  • Cantanbulous
  • 15 Jun 2006, 15:51
Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhh this is sexyyyyy
  • midi
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 15 Jun 2006, 16:39
lovin the pose bro! i agree with u! i want the rains 2 go away for a while, wont mind it thou if it gets 2 hot.... bk 2 the photo can i get his nos?
  • baybeelurve
  • uk
  • 15 Jun 2006, 17:19
I really love the picture and I'm not talking from a lens perspective but more of a voyeur...plus since its my bro he'd look good in any event. I guess what I love most is teh way he seems to be the only smooth element in a textured environment...if I'm making sense!
ps the rain has gone away
  • Foluso
  • United States
  • 15 Jun 2006, 18:07
Looks like it could be an album cover. Nice shot.
Very professional stuff, well done!
  • sushi
  • Austria
  • 15 Jun 2006, 19:02
uh f*** amazing tone and portrait shot but almost too dark, maybe my monitor settings. great job!
Jide Alakija: I thought it was dark too, but couldn't decide on how I wanted it too look. Thanks Sushi.
  • shooter
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 15 Jun 2006, 19:39
I love this shot Jide it has real impact, you are obviously a little wizzard in the PS dept, I particularly love the B&W it gives it a real Art feel.
this is a awesome shot! very good b/w and a nice composition! good work
  • derek
  • United States
  • 15 Jun 2006, 20:53
great shot! I'm really enjoying your work, you are a fabulous photographer.
Jide Alakija: Thanks Derek. I really appreciate it. Comments like that can only keep me going.
  • Steve
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 15 Jun 2006, 21:24
This is a really great shot although maybe a touch dark around your model, especially around the leg. Great feel to it, though. Is the right-hand column needed?
Jide Alakija: Thanks Steve. Not sure about the right hand column, I thought since the left hand wall was there the right hand would balance it.
  • Mona
  • London
  • 15 Jun 2006, 21:31
Whoa!! One of the best shots on shutterchance ever!

  • AirBete
  • Canada
  • 16 Jun 2006, 03:37
Great conversion. I like your post-treatment.
  • Kris
  • Belgium
  • 17 Jun 2006, 07:34
Excellent shot! And I do usually read the text below the photos smile
  • BeakerSt
  • Shutterchance
  • 22 Jun 2006, 12:23
Really good stuff.

p.s. what text?
  • Muyiwa
  • Nigeria
  • 26 Jun 2006, 13:01
Hi, I visit this your site every once in a while and always love to go through your collection. Though I'm not a photographer and dont know anything about photography I love what you are doing and that is what has kept me coming back. I love to read the text as well because it gives me more information about the picture.

Keep up the good work. My regards to your wife and kid(s).
This moment captured is beautiful.
Gary from South Africa

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