Jide Alakija

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Streets of Lagos #6

The last in the series. I'll be back tomorrow and I have some really lovely stuff which I've manage to shoot. You'll be seeing them over the next coming days. I still have more shots in this series but I want to keep them for a part two. Such include rivers in the centre of the streets and hawking etc. If you ask me nicely I'll put them up sooner. Thanks for all the lovely comments thus far and apologies for not reply them as the internet connection here is far from stable. I'll be replying them when I return.

Thanks again.

Any job you can think of someone here is doing it. If you can't find it then it's not needed. For instance this is a "driver" the term we call our chauffeurs in Nigeria, not sure why maybe it's because that's all they do and literally that's all they do (ponder on that for a sec), anyway he's having a pedicure while he waits for his "oga" - boss (which was me in this instant). Now think about what you see here, he's in the middle of a car park and he calls this guy on the left to do the job for him and for how much? =N=50 (20pence or 30cents). Wow! What a bargain, but this is this lads vocation.

Discussion point: One thing for sure is that people are very enterprising in these parts of the world. What are your own impressions on this image? What's the equvalent of this kind of enterprise in the west?

comments (14)

  • Suby
  • Milton Keynes, UK
  • 16 Jul 2006, 00:19
Well they got to eat and I have to say very enteprising. Looking forward to the shots you come back with.

Not the best renderede monochrome conversion from you and to me a little overblown in some area (or maybe it's the laptop), I would have done a lab sharpen to this shot as well.

Anyway I like the angle you shot this from.

  • LeyeG
  • United States
  • 16 Jul 2006, 01:07
Thst is a pedicure taking place right there..
this was a very well executed series.I look forward to seeing more in the future.
  • Azhar
  • India
  • 16 Jul 2006, 07:35
Lol named your blog to Lagos Photografa! grin I thought I was at the wrong blog.
Ok well the shot is ok for me, a bit confusing, and the perspective not for me makes other man look smaller than what hhe actually is.
Nah just an ok from me.
  • Petra
  • Netherlands
  • 16 Jul 2006, 10:02
I think this is a great find....the driver has to wait anyway, mean while the "nail"man can make some money.
Glad pedicures over here have different tools...look at those pincers......would scare me..smile
I love the perspective.....gives the viewer/me a feeling that i am the only one who can see this scene...
Works for me!!
Curious what photo's you've made on your trip.
  • Idefix
  • Germany
  • 16 Jul 2006, 11:00
Fascinating shot - another of your "moments in Lagos" ones, and one of the best I find, I love the clarity and the unusual perspectiv and the story it tells. I love coming to your blog every day to see your world through the eyes of your camera.
  • cantankerous?
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 16 Jul 2006, 11:48
if only your shots could incorporate the viscious rays of sun that must be beating that poor boy\\\'s back.....
  • Sarah
  • Philippines
  • 16 Jul 2006, 13:34
The perspective really caught my eye. Then seconds after that it made me ask what they are doing? Then it makes me think of how the photograph was taken.

Really interesting picture. Makes me look at it for a long time and get curious about it.
  • Jamey
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 16 Jul 2006, 14:41
Ooh, I really like the viewpoint on this. Nicely done.
  • incubus
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 16 Jul 2006, 21:19
cantankerous so u too u have joined??? well done o!!!
love the angle, nice composition shotsmile)
  • Drew
  • United States
  • 31 Jul 2006, 15:06
Well done! This is very photojournalistic and I love that.
  • Dunniya
  • 16 Jul 2007, 13:58
I like this shot,honest i do... but hellloooo!?!?

Call me cynic if u like, but not one of y'all is even remotely peturbed by the fact that this guy is walking HIV-vending machine? So much for earning an honest living...he should arrested before he murders more people!

This would be perfect for an AIDS awareness campaign smile .
  • chrisbo
  • 5 Aug 2007, 23:15
Co-dependance this is what it brings to mind. The driver could have carried out his own pedicure, but elected to contract the service to another citizen thus giving him a chance to earn a living. We are our brothers keeper. Charity comes from the heart and it need not be free. It need only to be a fair chance to earn a living.

Excellent photo shot, it reflects the unseen complexity in human hood.

Love Peace and Unity thats what i see in the photograph.

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