Jide Alakija

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This is one in the boots and shoes of band members (Taneta) another one in the collection I'm developing.

What do you think about this shot? I I've been playing around with some more black and whote processing techniques and I think this is one of the best ones I've produced so far, wouldn't you agree?

Tomorrow marks the start of a new exhibition on Alakija.com. I'm going to be showing you a series of photos from the streets of my hometown, Lagos. A photojournalistic and documentary style will be employed, so there wouldn't be anything creative in the shots that you'll be presented with just stories.

I'm hoping this series will tell you a bit more about the little I know about Lagos and also raise discussions too.

Also I'm going to be away in Nigeria for 6 days, the blog will be running as normal, I'll not be responding as quickly as I would have loved to as I'll be busy preparing and shooting a friends wedding.

comments (26)

  • deji77
  • United Kingdom
  • 10 Jul 2006, 00:41
Lovely shot Jide. Liking it a lot.
grin, I loveeee....u r becoming a genius Jidee!!......LoL I say "becoming" cozzz of -----> "more black and whote"......whOte?!!!....what's whote?!.....LoL, have a lovely week!!!
  • Suby
  • Milton Keynes, UK
  • 10 Jul 2006, 01:09
Dang, I now have to maybe rethink the shot I have queued up for tomorrow as it's similar to this one. Darn this Alakija fella tongue

Jide Alakija: No let's have a look at it...I want to see it.
  • Isowa
  • United States
  • 10 Jul 2006, 04:15
I like the black and white! It has this '60s jazz theme. Looking forward to your Lagos stories smile Have a nice trip.
  • sk
  • United Kingdom
  • 10 Jul 2006, 05:18
very nice, ur quest to produce to awesome black and white is really coming through. very nicely done
  • Denosha
  • Singapore
  • 10 Jul 2006, 05:33
Nice mood here. It's got like a film noir kinda feel to it. Great job!
  • Idefix
  • Germany
  • 10 Jul 2006, 09:07
This is GREAT! Well done, I loke the composition, you reduced the shot to what is important, and the shoes are just too cool. Well done, great feel to this.
Really like this as well. Lovely black and white, the lighting really does it for me with the moody diffused shadows, great subject matter as well
  • E Etomi
  • Nigeria
  • 10 Jul 2006, 10:37
Love the processing and the title too.
  • blacktinkerbell
  • Nigeria
  • 10 Jul 2006, 10:53
glad to hear you'll be showing pictures of Lagos. I love this city fiercely and really look forward to seeing it through your eyes. I am not blind to the bad sides of Lagos and hope that you won't romanticise lagos like some photographers and writers are wont to. Lagos is a crazy place and only slightly unbalanced people can love it like I do. I'll be watching this space.
  • Azhar
  • India
  • 10 Jul 2006, 11:06
Bigger aperture so other foot also in focus better.
  • Petra
  • Netherlands
  • 10 Jul 2006, 12:19
Beautiful picture!!
This might sound stupid but the B&W result reminds me of the B&W's of Julien Roumagnac.....Not the subjects, but the atmosphere in the photo.....
Does this make sence to you? or is this a stupid comment?
Would love to make photo's like that.
Have a good trip!
Jide Alakija: JR is my inspiration. I've learnt a lot from his work and no your comment is far from stupid.
  • chantal
  • Netherlands
  • 10 Jul 2006, 12:52
Nice angle and B&W
  • micki
  • United States
  • 10 Jul 2006, 13:34
This is a great shot, and I'll bet the band would've purchased a print. I would if I were them. Very nice b&w.

Lots of good news! I'm looking forward to the documentary shots and how much fun will that be in Nigeria?? I hope you can share a lot of work from there. Good luck and have a great time.
i love this shot. this reminds me of a smokey jazz lounge in the 1940s. this would simply be a brilliant poster or album cover. i love what you have done to the black and white tones...the contrast of light against dark, the white shoes against the shadowed legs. really brilliant!
Looks like some tapping feet to the music. Much stronger in B/W over color for sure. Good concept but sorry the right foot is a tad blown although it does not alter the picture's force and statement.
  • Craig
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 10 Jul 2006, 20:11
I love the grain and B&W. Lovely shot
  • Amebo
  • Abroad
  • 10 Jul 2006, 20:40
stunning - love this shot!
  • barbara
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 10 Jul 2006, 21:00
Good shot as always..Have a good and safe trip to Nigeria...and check out this web-site if you want stuff to do (I think it's good, but I may be biased!)

  • barbara
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 10 Jul 2006, 21:02
oops you must already know about that site...you're mentioned on it!
Jide Alakija: Yup. I have this article on my about page already. Thanks for spotting it. Did you like it?
  • Frank
  • Germany
  • 11 Jul 2006, 10:18
Excellent photo and title. The boots are really singing. wink
nice frame and great composition...i like the hilight and her unique shoes...great shotsmile)
  • tetsu
  • Japan
  • 11 Jul 2006, 17:13
Interesting shot!
I can imagine the figure....
  • BeakerSt
  • Shutterchance
  • 12 Jul 2006, 19:02
Nice shoes!
  • Temi
  • London
  • 13 Jul 2006, 13:15
ABSOLUTELY love this!
is it possible to increase the size of your photos in the rss 2.0 feed? would be really great cause your photos are wonderful. regards elbjoern

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