Jide Alakija

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What is it about photography that strikes me?

The way light can transform an image, give it an edge, a different aesthetic. How the slightest movement, or change in the photographer’s angle, can catch a glance that streams emotion directly from the core (epi-center, soul) of his or her subject.

I have always been passionate about images, good images, striking images. But had never, until recently, been able to take the time out to develop what I thought was only a foundling interest.

Why did I create alakija.com?

Alakija.com is my photographic inspiration. This website is my test bed. It is my personal (public and private) platform, which allows me to give effect to my thoughts, to my ideas, and to the images I make (the good, the mediocre and the bad) along the learning curve.

Where do I hope to go with this?

I hope to inspire. I would love to be able to challenge and affect just one person’s outlook, their perspective, how they view the world. I find that society’s structures and codes limit creativity. I believe there is an artist in every person. We just have to be willing to take the time that’s needed to bring him or her to life.

What else is there to know about me?

I am Nigerian, I live in London, and am working on a PhD in Biomechanics. Photography however has challenged a lot of things, and has effected many a change in my otherwise very normal life. Finding myself (who I am, and want to be as a photographer) in this art has been both incredible (overwhelming even) and difficult. And my photoblog is simply a visual representation of the ups, downs and upside-downs (?) I experience along the way.

I have put my work on display in a few cities around the world, and have worked on commission for firms like Afren and Unilever UK. I have also been featured in magazines (online and print) like The Africa Report Magazine, Farafina Magazine and Lagos Live.

But I feel the need to stress that whilst I do get paid by organizations, individuals and wedding couples etc for my work, and whilst I do do other forms of commercial work, my focus is photojournalism and not commercial photography. I run a small photography practice (Alakija & Co Photography) and if you would like me to do something for you, yes, definitely, please get in touch ([email protected]). But you must (please) bear in mind the fact that I do not have the backbone for everything commercial, neither is it where my strength (or passion) truly lies.”

Jide Alakija

Canon EOS-5D DSLR Mk II DSLR x 2
Canon EOS-10D DSLR
Canon 24mm f/1.4 II L
Canon 35mm f/1.4 L
Sigma 50mm f/1.4
Sigma 85mm f/1.4 
Canon 50mm f/1.4 USM - Damaged
Canon 50mm f/1.8 MkII - Damaged
Canon 100mm f/2.8 Macro
Canon 70-200mm L f/2.8 IS
Canon 24-70mm L f/2.8
Canon 16-35mm L f/2.8 MkII
Canon 580EX Speedlite - Damaged
Canon 580EX II Speedlite x 2
Canon Off-Camera Shoe Cord 2 - No longer in use
Canon Speedlite Transmitter ST-E2 - Stolen
Lowepro Mini Trekker AW Lowepro Pro Roller 1
Sigma EX 30mm f/1.4 - Stolen
Sigma EX 18-50mm f/2.8 - Stolen
Velbon Tripod - No longer in use


Adobe Photoshop CS3
Capture One Pro


Fred Miranda's Web Presenter Pro
... That's about it.

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