Jide Alakija

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A lot on the mind

When I took this shot I originally wanted to process it in colour as usual when I do I also do a mono version. This one turned out it better than what I was hoping it to look like.

This is the view in front of my parents house. Way ahead in the background beyond the shed is the ocean and the beach. I didn't have anytime to go there, too many things going on. The shed is a hut for the labourers and builders building a new block of flats on the other side of the road from where I live. It looks like when next I'm there my lovely view of the ocean will be removed.

Ovo, is this poetic enough for you?

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  • Exquisite Eminence
  • Atlanta, GA
  • 2 Jan 2007, 01:51
I like the title...
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 2 Jan 2007, 07:26
This could have been in South Africa, with one exception. The trick to use the head as a carrying platform is solely the domain of the women. The loads that they can carry so are amazing.

I understand that when the girls are young (9 or 10 years) they learn the balancing with a calabash of water. Important to learn the correct poise - also handy for transporting water where there is no running water.

And since housing without running water is less a feature of South Africa, we have less women who can do the trick.

Nice picture and maybe i should look around for a similar opportunity locally
  • shiv
  • India
  • 2 Jan 2007, 09:01
nice shot,
hehe,nice title as well....
hmm even in india mostly rural women use this technique to carry pots of water from well's to their house,
and even on construction sites,women haul piles of BRICKS on their head...!
And a Happy New Year to you and yours too. Sorry it's late - my first day back to Shutterchance this year. I have Broadband at home now, so I should be able to keep up a bit better now.
  • micki
  • United States
  • 2 Jan 2007, 12:56
This is a wonderful b&w, glad you processed it both ways.

Pity about the ocean view being taken away, though.
  • Suby
  • Milton Keynes, UK
  • 2 Jan 2007, 13:25
Happy Newy Year Bro, May this year bring you and yours all your hearts desire. (AMEN)

Very nicel taken and PPed shot. Love the use of the space on the left,

excellent title....great mood in this one...i think u might have cropped a bit more off the top because the space on the left is more than enough to give it that "thought" feel..
  • Ellie
  • England
  • 2 Jan 2007, 14:05
Very nice Jide, well framed with the space to the left and the huge sky.

Sorry to hear you'll be losing your view, it seems to be happening everywhere in the world.
  • Jamey
  • 2 Jan 2007, 15:18
Good vignetting.
  • Mal
  • 2 Jan 2007, 17:21
Happy new year Jide

Subtle toning with lovely composition. Very good image. Mal
  • Sola
  • The Shires of Nottingham
  • 2 Jan 2007, 17:21
Typical Alakija shot, did you use the lens blur effect in CS2 to reduce the DOF?
Jide Alakija: I rarely use the lens blur filter in CS2 so no is the answer.
  • Ovo
  • UK
  • 2 Jan 2007, 20:46
It is a good picture, but I have seen scenes like this much too often. I lean more towards emotions expressed on faces. I am trying too feel something from the picture and I can't. but yesterday's picture...I know you got a lot of heat for it but look back at what I wrote.

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