Jide Alakija

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Okay I want to ask you guys a straight question, when you see an image like this do you immediately recognise it at mine? I'm trying so hard to be a bit more consistent with my style of images but I don't think I'm having much sucess at the moment. Anyway I'll be very interested to hear what you think.

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  • Ana
  • United States
  • 11 Oct 2006, 01:15
it's more you than the last 3 photos, for sure.
Jide Alakija: Granted, but what is it that makes it so? The impact? Sometimes I think it's the sheer quality of the image more than style that you are on about. Or am I wrong?
everyone is unique..this one is very cool.
Jide Alakija: Unique, that much is true but in reference to the question what do you mean?
  • Mia
  • US of A
  • 11 Oct 2006, 05:30
Well, I've been following your shots (but never really got around to comment) and the only consistency I see could be colours of your subjects (shots). They're almost neutral, yet they scream A-L-A-K-I-J-A. Except those liquid bubble series. They seemed like your shots, but sorta didn't go with the rest of your last 5-6 shots.

And I like this shot a lot. Its simple, yet yearns for a deeper meaning behind those plastic eyes and purrrrfect lips...
Jide Alakija: Now that's interesting....infact it's what I was looking for. So the colours to you are neutrally distinct? Hmmm....Okay now that gives me something to focus on. Thanks Mia.
  • nev
  • Australia
  • 11 Oct 2006, 06:49
jide i would say the tones are similar but if i didn't see it at the top of the page with your name then i may not have picked it as yours. if it was darker then i might guess it was suby's. Most of your portraits even when then are looking down the barrel have a sense of movement about them. i know this is a still life but it does not jump out as jide to me. the eyes yes but the whole kit no.
Jide Alakija: After reading Mia comments I thought we were unto something now I'm even more confused. Not in a bad way though. You focused on the eyes as one of the main elements in my portraits, I'm happy you did as it means that my efforts to focus the soul of the subject into the lens is something I feel is important in a portrait. Thanks Nev.
  • Mr Skee
  • United Kingdom
  • 11 Oct 2006, 08:29
Like I said on my blog yesterday:


A photographers work is given shape and style by his personal vision. It is not simply technique, but the way he looks at life and the world around him.

Keep on keeping on son!
Jide Alakija: I think you have a very strong point here, one that may just be the answer to a question I had sometime ago about what to focus on. Thanks Skee.
  • Barb
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 11 Oct 2006, 09:29
Sorry.. I don't understand the need to be consistent with your style of images?...look at the quote on Photosam's blog today.
and in answer to the question..No I wouldn't recognise this as yours.
Jide Alakija: Consistency in my opinion is a good thing, it brings identity to the image, so when you present an image you've taken as Skee rightfully pointed out it shows how you see the world.
Again in response to Barb's comment Photosam's quote to me doesn't have anything to do with my question, from what I can understand it's about not being a slave to the subject that you are shooting and not how you see the world. I'm more interested in presenting images in how I see the world consistently. Correct me if I'm wrong.
  • Suby
  • Milton Keynes, UK
  • 11 Oct 2006, 10:24
Could I have guessed this was your image? Probably, how? The editing and capture, has your style written all over it, you know I have always said you have a definite style to your images, for me it's 1st about the quality and the richness of the shot, then the PP always stands you above most. For me thats when I start to know it's an Alakija Man shot.

The shot from yesterday, I left well alone, did not feel it one bit.

For me, I feel you have always been having loads of huge success, looking at your archives and I can see that quality, richness and "fantasticness" on a high number of your images (to high in fact sad )

So for me if you had not put up a name on the bubble shots I would not have guessed it was shot by you, but for 95% of other shots, I think I would have guessed it was yours.

Suby
  • micki
  • United States
  • 11 Oct 2006, 11:27
You do have a style that is unique to yourself, and I may very well have recognized that style in this image if put up against several others in comparison.
  • Jamey
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 11 Oct 2006, 11:31
If I'm honest, I wouldn't have been able to pick this image as being a "Jide-shot" if I hadn't seen it on your blog. But I do like it, want to do more mannequin shots myself actually.
  • Abi
  • United Kingdom
  • 11 Oct 2006, 12:03
hell no, definitely not yours looks like an image you downloaded of the internet....heehee...lol (o.k just joking jide phheww).

on a serious note maybe you can revisit some of your old photographs, scenery etc. that you shot on your 10D and now reshoot them on your 5D. to make a comparison... good luck
I think that the subject points to you; itÂ’s your sort of thing. Apparently, your mission is to give us a unique view of the ordinary, maybe to expose a different side to what we see around us. Not an easy task to maintain.
  • Craig
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 11 Oct 2006, 13:15
Toughest model to work with yet? smile Nice detail.
Mmm... doesn't jump at me as being one of your pictures. Maybe the editing.

Jide, i'd be careful that in trying to be consistent you don't end up producing (or reproducing) the same types of pictures. My view is that though it's great to have a style through which people recognise your work, i think it should relate to finer points of photography or details that set your work apart from others. I'm definitely not for restricting oneself to the same types of shots as the danger in that is that your stuff may become predictable or worse, boring. But if the consistency you aim for relates to other aspects of photography that can be applied across many fields while still giving all your shots a distinctive trademark, then rock on - i think there's already some of that in most of your pictures anyway.

So thumbs up for finally putting up a picture of a fit bloke, my only grouse is that he's just a bit er... plastic wink (couldn't resist). Now, if only i can find a real man who looks as perfect as Ken here...
  • Mal
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 11 Oct 2006, 14:26
Really interesting question you have raised Jide.

If I were to take this image in isolation I would say this. It reflects elements that I expect a good photographer to get right at the capture stage, for me the eyes are pin sharp and hold the viewers attention perfectly, the rest of the image is there as a supporting roll to the star performer and main focal point. In this respect, you would have been high on the list.

Yesterdays image was ok but all I felt that I could comment upon was the colours on the floor, had they come from the bubble? Did I know this was yours? You would not have flickered my radar on that search for the photographer.

The two previous posts had a clarity to them that I really liked and had obviously been captured buy someone who knew what they were doing! Could I have identified they were yours? - of course not but you may have been in my thinking.

Some comments have mentioned PP, well i'm still learning that one so possibly not best suited to comment. But what I will say is that you images generally exude a warm feeling, how you achieve this I do not know but would give the viewer a chance at guessing it was a Jide image.

This is the longest rambling comment I've ever made, hope it makes scense. Mal
  • johnnyg
  • United Kingdom
  • 11 Oct 2006, 14:55
Would I have known this was your work maybe but your really asking 3 questions here aren't you. Do you have a style of your own, of course, we all do. Are you consistent? Well yes, your quality of images is almost unmatched on the 'chance and the pp's that you do are consistent and evolving. The hard one, are you instantly recognizeble (if that's a word) for me yes. When I view your shots I can actually see and what I mean by that is I can see myself there, whether it's picking that daisy that I love , sitting on that lonely bench, talking to the guys over that railing over watching that girl with the bubbles. That's real consistency and real photography, evoking an image so the viewer is able to place themselves in the scene.
  • Temi-tade
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 11 Oct 2006, 17:06
I'm not sure why you are actively trying to "develop" a style. Most shooters with instantly recognizable styles have been shooting for decades and show very little of their work in comparison. I think style happens organically. I do like today's photo.
  • Samarth
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 11 Oct 2006, 17:13
i'll be frank, bo - i don't asociate this pic with you...not to say it isn't a great shot....7.75/10

a pic like http://www.alakija.shutterchance.com/photoblog/19353.htm makes me think of you..
I guess that's Mr. Handsome!

To your question: I looked at your archive and see you a fairly consistant style. So if that's something your'e striving towards I think your'e doing a very good job.

On this image: I really like. The eyes in particular are almost real. I wonder if you did something to bring that out?
  • E Etomi
  • Nigeria
  • 11 Oct 2006, 19:08
I think I would have guessed right because of the editing.
When I come here and see portraits.. what I noticed is the smoothness, tone, excellant lighting, and to me this photo demonstrates that. So yes
  • Laurie
  • United States
  • 11 Oct 2006, 21:19
I don't think your portraits look like manicans (spelling). Although I do see a lot of overly processed shots by some that end up making the people look like this manican.

Too perfect skin is never a good thing for a portrait, IMO.
I think if I was to be very critical... i'm still waiting for you to find yourself, I think you are still on a long journey down the path of self discovery. Once in awhile you do produce some spectacular shots other times I see just work in progress (Which is a good thing). When I use to paint in the studio of a very famous artist, he would always tell me make every stroke of the brush count and from his work anybody could see why... it was pure self mastery!

You have come along way... we all have on shutterchance, but there is still along way to go. Yes, as someone pointed out, we all have styles. But we should remember... styles are like habits... some are bad and hard to lose.

The famous photojournalist Elliott Erwitt once said " Working myself into a position of total versatility, so that I can do anything I want to do at the time I want to do it. Whether I do it or not is another question"

He also remarked this about photography: It's just seeing - at least the photography I care about. You either see or you don't see. The rest is academic. Anyone can learn how to develop. It's how you organize what you see into a picture.

I go through your gallery every now and then, I see a fusion of many different elements. For instance, the above photo, you have the vignette in the corners, which I see many photographers doing without thinking... what does this do to enhance my pic... sometimes absolutely nada... it's simply the thing in vogue!

I seem to agree with Temi-tade, let your work constantly evolve... and it will, as we all know you have plenty of passion and talent smile
  • teri
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 11 Oct 2006, 22:18
hi, don't know a great deal about photography, but i think yu've got raw talent...and yu could only get better. am a great admirer of art of whatever from abstract to the surreal and i had to come down to view your webpage while checking out hi5. pls keep up the good work as you 've rekindle my long lost love of art.
Jide Alakija: Thanks Teri, please do return every now and again as this site is updated daily.
  • barry
  • Philippines
  • 11 Oct 2006, 22:24
very nicely done
  • manju
  • Singapore
  • 12 Oct 2006, 07:08
Very nice !

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