Jide Alakija

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The Portrait of the enforcer

Hmmm! Now which one of these three beings is the enforcer? Is SHE the one on the left? The hippee wannabe or the one in the middle, the doctor who thinks his walking stick is a knightstick or the little cocker spaniel called "AK" who can't tell his tongue from his tail?

I think this would be a good comeback for our anonymous friend in the shutterchance Big Brother house.

A prize to those who can guess where this was taken.

To those interested in the camera, I haven't even thought properly about this, I've been told to keep it. I'm not selling it because of the money, just because I don't like keeping old items in my closet if I think I wouldn't use it. Apologies if you feel mislead. A lot of you have emailed me privately about it, when I make my final decision I'll have to take the first request to be fair. Thanks for the interest.

comments (38)

  • Suby
  • Milton Keynes, UK
  • 15 Aug 2006, 00:03
Nicely done bro, not good when it comes to taking grafitti shots. Like the angling of the shot. Like this one.

Jide Alakija: I use graffiti shots to improve my colour work. This shot was really challenging when I was creating the impact out of it. You should have seen the original, very bland in my opinion, and also had to shoot at really high ISO, didn't have my tripod with me.
  • adebanji
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • 15 Aug 2006, 00:10
Good picture angle. grafitti is an eccentric art and this picture needed an eccentric view.
Dont sell the camera.You might get famous one day and auction it at Christie's
Jide Alakija: sad The dilemma continues. I'll keep it for now. You honestly see your camera in Christies?
  • adebanji
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • 15 Aug 2006, 00:12
I guess this picture was taken at Brixton
Jide Alakija: Not Brixton, why didn't you say Brixton? This graffiti changes every so often and is viewed by a lot of tourists who come to London. There's a clue.
  • Ari
  • England (UK)
  • 15 Aug 2006, 00:38
This is a good shot..i like the colours. I wish they were a bit brighter/sharper though..this was taken at night right? Makes me wonder what a daytime shot would have looked like. Really nice though smile
Jide Alakija: Thanks for the comment. I have a series of shots coming up that you will absolutely love. I think I'll start posting them tomorrow.
  • attah
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 15 Aug 2006, 01:21
Oga I can see you havn\'t lost it one bit. That said I\'ve been away for a while and I can still recongise an alakija special. Good or bad?..hmm ;-) anyhow mehn I need advice. I\'ve seen a shop in Tottenham court road that will sell me an EOS 30D + 17-85 f4-5.6 USM lens for £900 but I am agonising between that and the sony dsc-r1. I know it should be obviou but all the reviews seem to say the lens on the dsc-r1 is fantastic..
  • Yẹni
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 15 Aug 2006, 01:42
now that is what I call PPing..excellent
Jide Alakija: Thanks man! The only major PP was on the light, I created that spotlight effect to it. Oh okay I also enhanced the colours and removed abit of texture on the walls.
  • adebanji
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • 15 Aug 2006, 01:54
i said brixton,for no special reason.my first guess was Buckingham Palace
if you are famous enough,bidding for your camera will take place.Someone somewhere will see it as a collectors item.
hey jide,

very comical. love the angle and the lighting. great capture of some really great street art.
Jide Alakija: Thanks Nicole.
  • sk
  • UK
  • 15 Aug 2006, 06:39
very nice Jide, the PP is very good, complementing an already good shot. hmmmmmm.......... this enforcer sha, na wa O. A graffiti shot I like
Jide Alakija: Thanks.
  • e etomi
  • Nigeria
  • 15 Aug 2006, 07:21
lol, very cool, im sure the artist would love this.
Jide Alakija: You should check out the artist(s) work at the link in the photograph. They have all sorts.
  • Diya
  • Switzerland
  • 15 Aug 2006, 08:20
cool what you made out of the graffiti, it looks fantastic, the angle, the framing and the lighted spot on them, very nice
Jide Alakija: Thanks Diya.
  • Jon
  • United Kingdom
  • 15 Aug 2006, 08:35
Brilliant colours. Great processing Jide.
Jide Alakija: Thanks Jon.
  • incubus
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 15 Aug 2006, 08:42
where on earth did u find something like this to shoot?? very nice grin
Jide Alakija: I spend a lot of time walking around in London looking for interesting things. One thing I try to find is good graffit. I'll reveal it later in the day. Remind me if I forget.
  • The enforcer
  • the wormhole
  • 15 Aug 2006, 08:57
now this is a very good shot of art. I do not like photographers taking pictures of other peoples art (except for documentary purposes). But when you go and do something interesting like this, I give you a photo pat (thumbs up). Well PPed to illuminate an artistic piece of work.
Now I am honoured that U decided to do a photograph of me, no really, I am flattered, but I think U missed the mark, why? because I am simply gorgeous and these do not represent my essence in anyway. So for that my friend you get a SLAP X 100, YEA BABY, FEEL THE FORCE OF MY HUNDRED HAND SLAP (you ever played street fighter 2). Your face must hurt more than Subys
Jide Alakija: Silly woman! I knew you'd like this shot. Okay since you say you are gorgeous I'll put up a gorgeous shot for you tomorrow. (Ok was I hitting on you there?)

Also since you live in a wormhole also shows how tiny you are.
Lol smile
I am very fond of wall painting, this one is great;
Jide Alakija: Thanks Z.
  • Tosin
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 15 Aug 2006, 09:47
Nice. I like it alot. How did you light it up?
Jide Alakija: I didn't, that's all in the PP. Thanks Honey.
  • The enforcer
  • the wormhole
  • 15 Aug 2006, 10:18
Any size can exist in a wormhole silly man. A wormhole is cross galatic gateway which operates on the theory of folding space, not a worms hole.
Jide Alakija: Now I know you are a scientist or an engineer. You keep revealing little tips are about yourself.
  • debola
  • Nigeria
  • 15 Aug 2006, 10:49
Lovely colours Jide

Its impossible to tell where u took this....i'll guess bond street cus u mentioned tourists
Jide Alakija: I'm not sure it's that impossible. If you don't recognise it you wouldn't know but if you do then you would.
  • The enforcer
  • the wormhole
  • 15 Aug 2006, 10:53
its funny how you guys on shutterchance think you are so smart, I laugh at how wrong you are. because I have an interest in photography does not mean I am a photographer, because I have an avid interest in sci-fi does not mean I am a scientist.
Jide Alakija: At least we are getting into a dialogue and no one said we thought we were smart, I think that was you. Maybe YOu think you are smart?
  • The enforcer
  • the wormhole
  • 15 Aug 2006, 11:51
Oh you didn't know, I know I am smart and gorgeuos, bet you wanna photograph me hehehehehe
Jide Alakija: More like you want me to photograph you!
  • Funmi
  • 15 Aug 2006, 12:18
very nice... the colours are so alive, they literally jump out at you. and further on, to guess which one is 'enforcer d gr8'... i'd go with the wierdo on the left.
Jide Alakija: Thanks Funmi.
  • micki
  • United States
  • 15 Aug 2006, 12:28
I like this artist's style.

Yeah, I've seen some of the comments from the enforcer...he/she/it kind of takes the fun out of image making and learning from each other.
Jide Alakija: And I thought I was the only one not in on this. Thanks for the comment micki.
  • Jamey
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 15 Aug 2006, 12:35
It's a nice piece, the angle does add to the shot but as a photo, I'm not sure it's one of your better ones.
Jide Alakija: Thanks buddy.
  • incubus
  • Europe
  • 15 Aug 2006, 12:39
Jide Alakija: I'm dyslexic I'm excused!

Oh This was taken at Waterloo under the Theatre, it's a famous spot for GRAFITTI in London and skateboarders too.
  • rooksmeister
  • camden
  • 15 Aug 2006, 12:49
GOSH THIS IS STUNNING!!!speechless type of STUNNING.

good one jide!
Jide Alakija: Thanks. I bet you'll like tomorrows' then,
  • Dammie
  • United States
  • 15 Aug 2006, 12:58
LoL @ the Dialogue b/w the enforcer and Jide.....LoL, WOW.....and "Is SHE the one on the left?

That's some nice graffit and u "PP'd" it well....I think it would look hotter str8...for some reason!!
Jide Alakija: I'm really looking for the opportunity to do something creative for you Dammie. Not much out there and nothing really inspires me. I hope tomorrows shot pleases you though.
Man we have to hit the streets, when's the next trip to brick lane. I definitely would make myself available this time. Great capture and processing. Wonder what the master looked like
Jide Alakija: Sure when next you are in town let me know and we can meet up.
  • Frank
  • Germany
  • 15 Aug 2006, 14:48
A very nice grafitti, cool captured.
Jide Alakija: Thanks Frank.
  • Greg
  • Philippines
  • 15 Aug 2006, 15:03
All I know about the enforcer is that she occupies a cool niche, but wouldn't hazard a guess who she is.

About the image, I agree with the comments about lighting and processing, plus I love the way the lines in the pavement lead into the image on the wall. Nice stuff.
Jide Alakija: Thanks Greg. Had a look at your photoblog and I have to say I'm impressed with your work. Are you a pro?
  • Shuva
  • India
  • 15 Aug 2006, 15:18
Hey bro, LOng time no see. Hope you are doing fine. LOve the vivid colors here----to hell with the enforcer.
Jide Alakija: Thanks man! Been rather busy, glad you visited today.
Totally loving this one (even though i'm very hard to please when it comes to graffiti shots) - the PP is perfect and the angle adds something to the look and poses of these characters. Nice one!
Jide Alakija: From now on whenever I put up a graffiti shot I'm going to pass it by you for standards check.
  • Azhar
  • India
  • 15 Aug 2006, 17:16
Love it, triple GREAT.
Just superb!
  • shooter
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 15 Aug 2006, 22:50
Very cartoonish and all the better for it, I love the angle and the placement, and the processing is what it always is excellent...
Great processing as always...love thye composition...very cool work as always. Phil
  • Jonathan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 16 Aug 2006, 06:46
Excellent processing and a cracking subject, very nice work again.
  • Scott
  • Canada
  • 18 Aug 2006, 14:16
I really love urban/graf in general - this is a particularly intense example! Great Job!
  • albert
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 20 Aug 2006, 03:45
Very creative and interesting shot. nice job

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