Jide Alakija

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Poverty and hope

This image would have been better if the crop on shutterchance were larger or maybe it's my laptop screen resolution, it's too large, 1920 x 1600pixels so all the images on shutterchance appear really small on my screen.

This is one of the images I took whilst heading home on the Thirdmainland Bridge in Lagos. It's a sunset over the Shanty towns along the river as you can see there is no power (electricity) and this is how they live through and through. I have some other shots showing a bit more detail on how these structures exist and I think I'll also put a discussion to enlighten you about them too. Today I'm really tired and don't have the time to go into it right now.

comments (26)

  • Suby
  • Milton Keynes, UK
  • 24 Jul 2006, 00:09
Lovely shot, but not one of my favourites from you. Love the clouds, not feeling the housey bits. What are the bits of blur on the sides of the shot? (where lands meet the edges) Sort of distracting me.

For me a 5/10 shot.

Jide Alakija: Well it's one of those day init!!!! 5/10? WOW didn't know I was rated! What would you rate as 10/10 then?
  • Mr Skee
  • United Kingdom
  • 24 Jul 2006, 00:36
Looks very peaceful!
Jide Alakija: Thanks Mate....does this mean you are back with a bang?
  • Veloran
  • Singapore
  • 24 Jul 2006, 02:51
I like this shot, especially the sky. Only thing is that it seems a bit underexposed, but it could just be my monitor.
Jide Alakija: Thanks Veloran, it was actually taken to be underexposed. smile
the sky in this picture is really awesome. its funny because with all of the technological advancements that we have available to us, we tend to lose perspective on things. we move at a frantic pace, never stop to smell the roses, and are in constant pursuit of "something." meanwhile millions of people throughout the world live in shantytowns, with little more than tarps as roofs. this picture really has made me stop and think, if only for a moment.
Jide Alakija: Thanks Nicole.
  • sk
  • United Kingdom
  • 24 Jul 2006, 06:39
awesome dude, worthy to be on someones wall
Jide Alakija: Cheers mate.
  • Jon
  • United Kingdom
  • 24 Jul 2006, 08:30
It feels peaceful.
Jide Alakija: Yup...thanks Jon.
  • Petra
  • Netherlands
  • 24 Jul 2006, 08:37
Great photo Jide...agree with you on the small crop on shutterchance. Must be possible to show the photo's a bit larger, dont you think?
Jide Alakija: Yeah...but the crop sizes have been designed to take into consideration those with 800px with screens. There may be another solution though.

  • Denosha
  • Singapore
  • 24 Jul 2006, 09:04
Looks kinda underexposed to me too but interesting colours and foreground. Good job!
Jide Alakija: Thanks Denosha.
  • E Etomi
  • Nigeria
  • 24 Jul 2006, 10:02
Love the colours. I've been MIA but i'm back. Still in Lagos?
Jide Alakija: Nope...I've been back for a week now.

  • barbara
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 24 Jul 2006, 10:23
hmm... wouldn't mind a big version of this for a wall...Ego ne?
Jide Alakija: Did you mean "Elo ni"?

I could do you a very good deal, framed, mounted and signed too!!!
  • Seyi
  • Here...
  • 24 Jul 2006, 10:32
Sublime stuff...One of your most framable (???) pictures yet...
Elo ni??? :-D
Jide Alakija: Depends on the format you want it in. It's a limited piece as usual.
This is very good. I could feel the poverty in the pix... but struggled with the hope (or is it the dawny atmosphere? it could be..). But then, with these things, the expressions are always better understood by the photographer.

Lastly, this is a great pix. You will remember being told that someday.
Jide Alakija: I never forget. Thanks for the comments Jide.
  • micki
  • United States
  • 24 Jul 2006, 11:36
This is quite lovely, and the title you came up with is wonderful!! Beautiful colors in this image!
Jide Alakija: Thanks Micki.
  • Jamey
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 24 Jul 2006, 12:22
It's a lovely scene but there seem to be quite a few Jpeg artifacts on the picture. especially around the birds in the sky (which arre a bit small - I would probably have removed them). Other than that, it is a really nice shot.
Jide Alakija: Yeah, I see those nasty artifact. I think that has come about as a result of the uploading post processing engine. Still haven't sorted it out yet. Thanks Jamey.
  • BeakerSt
  • Shutterchance
  • 24 Jul 2006, 12:54
All in all it's still very well composed and I particularly like the tones and shades amongst it.

I think that this is nearly there. For me the sky loses a little of it's impact as there is so much of it. The top quarter does not hold much interest but distracts from the interest around the coloured area. A tighter letterbox crop would help with the horizon on the centre line imho.

There are a couple of artefacts that do need cloning out, birds/marks in the sky and the upper of the two lines across the image (above the birds) look out of place.
Jide Alakija: Hmmmm fair point. I'm not sure I'd remove the lines, maybe the birds. I think the lines are very much part of what I was trying to portray.

Thanks Simon. Much appreciated.
Hello ! Really love the colors of this shot - Bravo !
Jide Alakija: Thanks. I'm happy you love the colours. I'm hoping to produce some more colourful stuff tomorrow too.
Love the atmosphere of this shot. Especially the juxtaposition of the power lines going across the town without stopping to make a visit. I rather the expanse of sky, tried cropping it by placing my hand over it and the effect wasn't the same.

Jide Alakija: WOW! I didn't even think about that you know...the power lines that is. I saw the power lines as part of the setting, hmmm...you learn something new everyday. Thanks.
  • Reza
  • United States
  • 24 Jul 2006, 15:53
Jide, Idk. I've never associated powerlines with beautiful skys like that any good.

I cant tell if you are goin for the "damn look at that sky over the dock" or "urbanization with a kick ass sky"...or eeven if any of those two at all.

Let me know.
Jide Alakija: I think that's a point that depends on you. I'm intruged as to what you think of the photo but also the subjects in the photo. Fair points Reza. Thanks.
  • ZZa
  • United States
  • 24 Jul 2006, 16:45
Yup, Its like I said...u make real things beautiful. Reality becomes art. If I took a picture of this on my run of the mill camera I would be looking at the dangers those power lines pose to the health of the kids in that area. I would be loooking at the problems of inadequate housing in Lagos. I would see dirt and poverty. But when i look at this i see lines and I see colors.
Jide Alakija: I think you missed one more thing...you see the culture and lifestlye of the people. We miss the lovely weather and peaceful moments when we are in Africa and these things are never portrayed in our images. I feel it's up to the artist to convey that through his images. This is my mission in portraying Nigeria through my photos.

  • Nkx
  • United Kingdom
  • 24 Jul 2006, 19:50
Jide Alakija: Thanks.
  • Exquisite Eminence
  • United States
  • 24 Jul 2006, 21:41
I like the colors...
Jide Alakija: Thanks Miss C.
  • Jonathan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 24 Jul 2006, 22:00
The colour in the clouds is beautiful, kind of adds a surreal sense to the shanty town.
Jide Alakija: Thanks Jonathan.
Quite a beautiful scene.
  • Steve
  • GB
  • 24 Jul 2006, 23:40
I like this a lot, especially the sky. Maybe the land could be a touch lighter. Things I'm not so keen on: the apparent zoom blur around the edge of the sky; the power cables; the vignetting. It's still a great shot though.
  • wale
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 31 Jul 2006, 00:39
For those of us that know the are we'd appreciate it a lot better. But for those that don't maybe i'd agree that it is a bit under exposed so the detail is hidden. But then, its colours are rich and has something solemn about it. Nice emotion it evokes.
  • Sitaram
  • Saudi Arabia
  • 12 Aug 2006, 05:28
Beautiful, simply beautiful. See the goledn clouds! Stunning snap.

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