Jide Alakija

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After the rain

I really appreciate the comments and encouragements recieved on yesterdays post, it's comments like those that actually give me the energy to move on with this thing. I spent some time pondering on your comments and haven't been able to find the time to reply to each one of them as I would have liked. Please bear with me on this. I really appreciate it a lot.

I realised that the reason I have kind of lost some inspiration is because I've more or less covered the main areas that photography has to offer. I now have to focus on the things that I like and keep pulling out stuff on these areas. Such include, London Olympians, Beaches in Nigeria, Okadas (motorcycle), Lagos street life, Thamesmead and of course portraits.

I took this shot during the half time interval of one of the Olympians game, I can't exactly remember what game it was, anyway I kind of like it just for it's simplicity. I don't see anything inspiring about it other than the fact that it's a simple umbrella just after the rain.

Can I ask one question, really what does an image like this say to you if it does?

comments (25)

  • Offie
  • my paddie pad pod!!!
  • 5 Sep 2006, 00:23
Jide i am not creative in that way ... it just says to me the umbrella is wet becos it rained.
  • Mal
  • United Kingdom
  • 5 Sep 2006, 01:09
The simplicity of the shot works for me, pin sharp and evocitive. Great shot
  • Laurie
  • United States
  • 5 Sep 2006, 02:16
I really like this shot. Very well spotted and it certainly seems inspired to me.
  • Ellen
  • New Zealand
  • 5 Sep 2006, 02:17
KISS at its best!
I feel this image say a waiting without certainty.
  • Abi
  • United Kingdom
  • 5 Sep 2006, 02:54
interesting shots
  • Abi
  • United Kingdom
  • 5 Sep 2006, 03:00
this sums up things to come..preparation for the bad weather
Nice capture... Well, what does it say to me? At first sight, I see someone who is waiting for something to happen. Second sight, might be someone simply enjoying his walk in the rain... smile
  • Mia
  • the US of A
  • 5 Sep 2006, 04:38
Now this kind of a shot makes me wanna see the person behind the umbrellla. It seems as though any moment now, the person would turn and smile. Lovely capture.
  • atunbi
  • United Kingdom
  • 5 Sep 2006, 06:19
baba shot! Well done jide
the shot is telling how u are feeling these days. dude set up photography projects, thats what I do and it helps me have something to focus on and achieve on a daily, weekly, fortnightly etc period. it might help
  • F. O
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 5 Sep 2006, 09:39
Not to disrespect to those that thrive on taking a multifaceted shot and making a beautiful image out of it… but I think if you can achieve the same striking image with a seemingly simple composition like this, then props!

I like this, it is simple, easy on the eye and beautiful, there’s something soothing about it, but then again, I love the touch and sound of moving water, if I didn’t have to spend hours blow drying my hair into place I’d walk around in the rain, well that and the prospect of a cold! But seriously, I think this picture is lovely and that enough surely?
  • manju
  • Singapore
  • 5 Sep 2006, 10:19
I too like this. Very simple and interesting !
  • Barbara
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 5 Sep 2006, 10:28
Well protected.
  • E Etomi
  • Nigeria
  • 5 Sep 2006, 10:45
Theres always sunshine after the rain.
You have a great ability with your work, I love it.

Wonderful imagery smile
  • micki
  • United States
  • 5 Sep 2006, 13:01
What I like about an image like this (and I do like this one a lot) is the emotions it stirs up. This one brings back memories of leisure walks in the rain on an afternoon when I had no responsibilities and several hours of free time ahead of me to do what ever I wanted. So for me, this is all about the emotions, the feelings.
  • Chantal
  • Netherlands
  • 5 Sep 2006, 13:24
great one!! Love it.
I am back from vacation and will visit again!
  • neil
  • Switzerland
  • 5 Sep 2006, 15:33
Beautiful shot and i love the idea of the B&W.
Best wishes Neil
  • Abi
  • United Kingdom
  • 5 Sep 2006, 16:57

  • Suby
  • MK, UK
  • 5 Sep 2006, 17:25
Simple yet lovely image. Okay enough now of you feeling uninspired. Go out and take some pics bro, Or of that does not interest you, please send that lovely 5D this way grin

What does it say to me? Well thought of composed, shot and PPed peice of photography art.

The ever pleasant Suby
  • Samarth
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 5 Sep 2006, 18:26
You have to be specific..what the image says about the photographer or just the image...heres both:
-Photographer has skill(like dhh...) and is very insightful and deep.
-The shot makes me wonder...it so soft and there's rain, whos out all alone in the rain like that?.....
Great stuff...8.75/10
  • BeakerSt
  • Shutterchance
  • 6 Sep 2006, 22:09
I'd like this in my portfolio
Jide Alakija: It's funny I took this shot because I remembered you. I was waiting for your comment on this one as I know it's what you'd do. I'm not sure it's as good as yours though.
Evocative image. Has a sense of solitude/comfort/protection.
It kind of reminds me of the calm after a storm and the fact that, you no longer need the umbrella or whatever was protecting you from that storm. But that is just my artistic point of view - as you said...it is just an umbrella.

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