Jide Alakija

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I've been looking at some work done by some photographers who dedicate their hobby and profession to following bands. I had the opportunity of doing some work for a singer and very good friend of mine, Taneta, check out her work and music at her website.

Anyway during the shoot, I thought what if a band member was recognised by his shoes, hmmm. Anyway this is my attempt at creating an Alakija type shot of one of the band members on the night of the gig. Hope you like it.

Update: Sinem asked for the original, now before you click please remember this was an attempt to show something different not trying to better the shot or enhance it. I personally prefer the original for colour reason but I also prefer this version for it's mood. See it here

comments (11)

  • Azhar
  • India
  • 25 Jun 2006, 06:58
I like,
the lighting and the toning is great, very well processed.And I love that deep vignetting.Very close call but I'd say,
GREAT GREAT SHOT!!! Very nice concept.
  • Laurie
  • United States
  • 25 Jun 2006, 07:09
Great tones. Kind of a lonely feel to this. I don't know if that's what you wanted but I think it works for this.
Jide Alakija: I'm glad with your response. I think I was aiming for a mood of sorts with this one. Have a look at the original which I've just posted.
I like this...Love adidas shoes...all i ever buy...
  • Sinem
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 25 Jun 2006, 12:40
King of PP, you've showcased your style once more with this post - love the pp more than the shot itself. Would it be possible to post the original so we can actually get to see what it looked like before 'Alakija's magic touch'?
Lovely mugshot on Asiko's page by the way...
Jide Alakija: Your request is granted!
The mood is much better here. In the original you have merely a snapshot, this one is a picture.
Jide Alakija: EXACTLY, Neil. Thanks for that one.
  • onada
  • United States
  • 25 Jun 2006, 16:45
i agree..a nice promo for adidas, i think its a tad dark though.
Nice stuff!
  • sk
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 25 Jun 2006, 19:42
this is really cool, likin this man, lovely processing
  • BeakerSt
  • Shutterchance
  • 26 Jun 2006, 14:13
Really like this, just got distracted by the cable on the right. Love the focus on the trainer.
Jide Alakija: Hmmm...but shouldn't the cable be part of the shot as it's a cable from the mic? You thoughts please.
  • Hendra
  • Singapore
  • 26 Jun 2006, 15:30
This one gives me a feeling like when I am watching a horror movie. You created the mood successfully there. But, I personally prefer the original one, Jide.
  • Mona
  • London
  • 28 Jun 2006, 12:15
I like it, it has a hip hop feel, even with the dim lighting.


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