Jide Alakija

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Here is a shot for my very good photoblogging buddies who have come to know me for vivid colours. Yes you know who you are. This is one image I'm very happy with in regards to the amount of work that has gone into it. The original was really flat, I had to put the colour in bits of it. If interested I can explain (too tired to do it now)

I was out and about today in Central London. I used the opportunity to get some more material for my photoblog. Initially I was looking for something to follow on from the dead bird image yesterday. I then stumbled across a shop window and saw this scene, immediately I noticed the potential to get some vivid colours out of it and presto! here you go a scene of Alice at the Tea table. I have another shot from the same shop that I think I'll process in much the same way for tomorrow.

Regarding images like these what's your take in capturing a scene like this that is clearly someone elses hard work but used in a commercial capacity? I have many captures like this but have I broken the law to display it on my photoblog let alone modify it a bit. This is something that has been debate for sometime in the photoblogging community, what's your own take. I'll be very interested to hear it.

comments (23)

  • johnnyg
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 6 Dec 2006, 00:18
The shot taken as is from a window is fine, it's there for all to see after all. But to use it for commercial reasons is another thing all together. I take shots everyday at work using my camera for my own reasons but I sometimes store them on my companies server, the company sometimes takes these images and use them to sell products or use them for in house training material without my permission. I have thought of asking them not to do this or at least pay me for the images. But here's the dilemma, the pics sit on their servers.... not much different then being in a store front window really.
In my opinion, if you are not using the images to make money, then it ok. As long as it is displayed in public, I am syre they know someone will take a photograph. Nice shot and colors, I like todays vignetting.
  • Suby
  • Milton Keynes, UK
  • 6 Dec 2006, 02:15
I am absolutely bowled over by the coloutrs, absolutely fantastic work here, looks very vivis and 3D. IMPRESSED.

I think we must appreciated for someone who's hard work for this creation. I agree with Dotun.
I realy love the colourfull of pict. The story of pict, it's very nice to see that, makes me remember with my child time smile
Nice capture.regards
a very vibrant and real looking capture. i love alice in wonderland smile
  • Peter Obey
  • Ireland
  • 6 Dec 2006, 10:05
Oooh delightful... The colours are a feast for the eyes... A very merry unbirthday to us!
  • rookster
  • here
  • 6 Dec 2006, 11:14
this is simply stunning....woohoo thanks jide...brightening my day
  • Sidney
  • Philippines
  • 6 Dec 2006, 12:10
Beautiful! If you don't use it commercialy there should be no problem.
  • deji77
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 6 Dec 2006, 12:28
Very impressive colour work here. Absolutely blows me away.
Pls, pls, pls explain how you did it!
  • Mal
  • United Kingdom
  • 6 Dec 2006, 12:47
Private comment

I'll comment publically later Jide. I've got the workload from hell that I'm trying to get rid of, so I'm keeping a low profile today.

However, I think the picture is superb, it has a 3D quality to it. In my opinion you are perfectly within your rights to take and manipulate this image and I'll tell you why later.

Have a great Day Jide
  • micki
  • United States
  • 6 Dec 2006, 13:15
Love these colors!!

If it's in a window, it's there for public viewing and I don't see anything wrong with shooting and posting it on a photoblog. Not sure about if you were to sell the image. I guess if you stood on public streets to shoot it, it should be allowed.
  • Jamey
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 6 Dec 2006, 13:29
Well yes, it is someone else's work and you've portrayed it in a straight way, effectively acting as a conduit so I guess you could never claim to have any artistic control here but I would never have seen this scene if you hadn't taken a picture of it and I like it, so for photoblogging I think it's fine. If you tried to sell it as an original piece of art, I might think otherwise.
  • Sola
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 6 Dec 2006, 13:38
Me likes the vignetting on this one
Alice could be happy !! That's a bloody good and original idea !!! ;-)
  • Laurie
  • United States
  • 6 Dec 2006, 15:09
A much happier shot than the deasd bird...

I don't see how it could be illegal, it's a photo of the scene, it's the photo you take credit for not the work itself. When you take a photo of a bridge or another piece of interesting architecture you are not saying you built it right? Newspapers publish photos like this all the time.
nice scene !
  • dezhare
  • gibraltar
  • 6 Dec 2006, 16:45
wonderland....nice colours
  • Sorcha
  • Canada
  • 6 Dec 2006, 17:03
i showed this one to the kids, and the dead bird too.. They liked this one more. (they prefered our dead bird) i think all the comments above confirm you are forthright in your clarity regarding the ownership of the work - i think your creative design and display are worthy of art on its own. thanks for making such an attractive and engaging image. ~S.
Ohhhh, this is tooo niceeee.......very out of the box!!
  • nev
  • Australia
  • 6 Dec 2006, 22:50
nicely framed shot. I would think that there some intellectual property law at least a judge made law that would cover this situation. if this was in the US then i am sure that there would be legislation about it but the UK because of the history of the legal system probably has some judge made law that deals with it. Maybe Abi has the answer to this one.
  • Ellie
  • United Kingdom
  • 7 Dec 2006, 00:01
I like the shot, the colours and the clarity.

As far as 'using the image' is concerned, you might find the answer here
Photographer's Rights in the UK >> http://www.sirimo.co.uk/ukpr.php

I'm pretty sure you're allowed to use images of somebody else's work without any real restriction unless there's a copyright statement on it somewhere. Otherwise, how, for example, would people be allowed to take pictures of paintings or a sculpture exhibition in a park?

Taking the photo .. as long as you're allowed to be where you are when you take it then there's no restriction. The image is your work, the sculpture or window display is somebody else's. I'm sure somebody will correct me if I'm wrong.
I love this image and the way you've manipulated it.

Not sure of the UK's laws but I've read that here in the US one is allowed to photograph anything that can be seen from public property.

Morally I think it would be best to credit at least the location if the window artist is unknown.

Beyond that it's your image to do whatever you want to. (According to US law.)
  • Ngozi
  • 15 Dec 2006, 19:20

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