Jide Alakija

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On my outing with Jamey, Suby and Abi on Saturday we visited the Generation KKK - Passing the Torch exhibition by James Edward on SSROBIN, an exhibition I strongly suggest you go see if you live in London. It's a photojournalist piece of work covering the Ku Klux Klan, the stories and images are really mind blowing.

After the exhibition we decided to go to Trafalgar Square to do some shooting. On our way  I caught this moment. Obviously I couldn't see very much other than the composition and the colours, when I looked into the preview screen of my camera I was taken aback by the seriousness of this chaps face. What could he be reading to provke such concentration?

Anyway I hope you like the shot and the Post processing.

Streetphone is back but with a twist this time. I've decided not to use my camera phone anylonger as I'm having problems getting it to connect to my laptop. It's now my Black and White Street photography blog. Check it out

comments (30)

I really like this pic. frame, subject, colors and the wall works very well.
Jide Alakija: Thanks.
  • Suby
  • Milton Keynes, UK
  • 23 Oct 2006, 00:36
You and Abi got some awesome shots of this guy. He did look serious, Yep the exhibition was well worth it. Recomend it to all those photo buffs out there.

Jide Alakija: I haven't seen Abi's yet but I'm sure it's good too.
  • Elsie
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 23 Oct 2006, 01:05
Very nice shot..good composition. Like the lighting and muted colours as well. Must have been pretty serious reading if he didnt notice you guys hovering and taking pictures of him lol
Jide Alakija: I was so far away for him to notice and I bet he was in another world too.
  • Cee
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 23 Oct 2006, 01:56
Not to say that your shots don't blow me away but seriously... the last couple of productions you have posted have been envy-inducingsmile.
Love how you cropped the pic. Background, Colors, and Lighting increases interest in subject. Keep up the BEAUTIFUL WORK!!!

When I grow up i want to be like you (well have ur skills at least).
Jide Alakija: Thanks Cee you really flatter me.
  • nev
  • Australia
  • 23 Oct 2006, 02:10
jide i like the processing and framing here. it makes him look as though he is sitting in a tv set or a shop window or on display in a museum.
Jide Alakija: Interesting...I never saw it that way but now that you pointed that out...hmmm.
Lovely capture... the tree and its shadows on the left of the picture might had added an extra zap to the composition if included smile
Jide Alakija: Not sure about the tree in the shot, I can here you saying that it's a distraction if it were. I like it just as it is...grin
hey jide,

terrific capture. i love the details...the woman in the paper, the empty can beneath the bench, the creases in his shoes. his expression is terrific. the lighting is great and really enhances the texture and lines of the bench against the brick wall.
Jide Alakija: Attention to detail. I like that.
  • atunbi
  • United Kingdom
  • 23 Oct 2006, 03:16
jIDE is back! its official. Well done ooooo, your images will continue to keep me inspired and hungry. Well done.
Jide Alakija: Thanks Sir.
What a shot!!...It's a real beauty, he seems to be lost in his own world..
Jide Alakija: Thanks Yanik.
  • Samarth
  • United Kingdom
  • 23 Oct 2006, 08:17
brilliant expression, for some reason the framing works very well...8.25/10
Jide Alakija: Thanks Sam.
  • E Etomi
  • Nigeria
  • 23 Oct 2006, 08:24
Nice composition and framing Jide.
Jide Alakija: Thanks Enimien.
That's a wonderful picture - No more to say about it !
Jide Alakija: Thanks Z.
  • Jon
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 23 Oct 2006, 09:22
Superb processing Jide. What did you do? (If I may be so bold!) smile
Jide Alakija: I just altered the saturation on the wall, played around with the exposure and increased the saturation in certain parts. Overall I was trying to make sure the colours weren't competing for attention in the shot. I took me sometime though to get it to the point I was satisfied with.
  • chunter
  • United Kingdom
  • 23 Oct 2006, 09:24
He's reading an article about the growing army of beer cans in our urban areas. Apparently they are very antisocial and can be quite menacing. Often they band together in groups to spread mischief, but if they get on the wrong side of the law, they disperse and hide individiually wherever they can - even under street seating.

Superbly captured moment and composed and processed immaculately.
Jide Alakija: I take it that you bought the same paper over the weekend?
  • manju
  • Singapore
  • 23 Oct 2006, 09:35
Very nicely done. Nice composition !
Jide Alakija: Thanks Manju.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 23 Oct 2006, 09:51
Excellent. Nice edit as well - one for the wall.
Jide Alakija: Thanks Louis.
  • Andy L
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 23 Oct 2006, 10:04
I like this one very much, such a simple shot but it works really well.
Jide Alakija: Thanks Andy L.
  • Laurie
  • United States
  • 23 Oct 2006, 10:55
This is a fantastic shot of everyday life. The concentration is palpable.
Jide Alakija: Thanks Laurie.
  • micki
  • United States
  • 23 Oct 2006, 11:32
This was a great catch!! He looks so overdressed for the location, I wonder what he was doing there?
Jide Alakija: You know you are one person who seems to see more than others in my opinion. What is he doing there?????
lovely overall colour tones. the whole thing looks artificial, like a theatrical set.
Jide Alakija: Thanks Russell.
  • Jamey
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 23 Oct 2006, 12:25
Liked this when I saw it on your LCD and still like it now. Well observed.
Jide Alakija: Thanks Jamey.
Nice composition and texture in the brick work. Nice shot.
Jide Alakija: Thanks Craig.
  • Petra
  • Netherlands
  • 23 Oct 2006, 13:41
having same thoughts as Russel....looks like a film set or something ...light, colours , actor...everything is perfect!!!
even the advertisement at the back of the newspaper is sharp...
Great job Jide
Jide Alakija: Thanks Petra.
  • Abi
  • United Kingdom
  • 23 Oct 2006, 14:21
easy comment system = Composition 12/10, Lighting 15/10 PP 11/10 BRAVO ...
Jide Alakija: Ah ah Now! Dude take it easy I'm not perfect! Thanks anyway.
very cool.. I especially love the processing.. what exactly did you do?
Jide Alakija: Thanks Brett, Read my Jon's comment, he asked the same thing.
  • BeakerSt
  • Shutterchance
  • 23 Oct 2006, 18:44
I love the processing as usual, really helps focus the eye.
Jide Alakija: Thanks Simon.
nice. smile
  • àsìkò
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 23 Oct 2006, 21:42
very nice
  • Yetty
  • U.S.A- Miami
  • 23 Oct 2006, 23:47
I really really reeeeeeeeeally love this shot.. Thumbs up !
  • Manu
  • San Francisco, United States
  • 16 Nov 2006, 07:30
Nice scene, what a great light, it almost feels studio in a strange way.

PS: never seen such a small bench...

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