Jide Alakija

13 May 2007 1,693 views
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Serve and be served

Going through the archives, I thought I'd look hard for something that would suffice for the photoblog. I've not been online for a while now. Been too busy with work at Alpha, (those guys work you really hard).

I'm happy so far this week though. I think taking this time out to work for this charity has really helped me as far as working with people is concerned. As you know I've been writing my PhD thesis for 5 years now and that has lead to some serious issues in my interpersonal skill as a result of 5 years of isolation.

Also the discipline of working for someone else is really something I have missed the most. Working for yourself as a student isn't the easiest of things especially when the reward is not money. Okay I don't like to look at myself as money driven but everybody needs a drive of some sort and sometimes if the results are so far away you might loose your motivation altogether.......more tomorrow.

As for this shot, I purposely had the little flower in the background to stress my thoughts on servanthood. Does it make any sense to you? If so what does it say?

comments (14)

Mentoring. Like the flower in focus is modeling for the blurred onre to follow. i feel u.
Agree with Busola...seems to say...when I grow up, I want to be like you. Admire your work Jide.
I see humility in the flower behind, Ther's also a desire to learn, somehow u've showed that it knows that being behind is a learning process. The images shouts very softly smile
  • Opzz
  • 13 May 2007, 11:51
spells Simplicity!
  • BobC
  • 13 May 2007, 12:05
I really like the main flower and its' position in the frame, but i do feel the background one detracts a little from the overall picture. But then maybe if it represents servanthood it is a metaphor for the obtrusiveness of daily work in our personal lives?
  • Neil Tandy
  • Johannesburg, South Africa
  • 13 May 2007, 12:55
Afternoon Jide. Now, you know that I am not particularly noted as a profound thinker, more as one that says it as I see it. Before I read your write up, the photo immediately invoked childhood memories, i used to love buttercups as a kid (didn't we all?). After reading your words, I have to say that a little deeper thought went on and I can certainly see where you are coming from, it has helped reach into your soul and mind a little, so much so, that the pic started to say "tortured and striving" to me, the back flower, struggling to come to the fore. Knowing my warped mind, I am probably wrong, but hey, that's megringrin Very good photograph mate. Keep it going and don't push too hard. Kindest regards, Neil.
In some ways I wish I hadn't clicked on your image. I always seem to be striving for the unreachable. I know I have it in me but it's always out of reach. That's me in the background; other people get there but I never can quite make it.

Thanks for visiting my blog today Jide, you don't know how much that means.
  • Suby
  • Milton Keynes, UK
  • 13 May 2007, 23:22
Bridge hit the bnail on the head grin

  • mal
  • 13 May 2007, 23:48
Oh God! All these metaphores!... To much!

Jide! It is a very simple and very lovely image! And I like it very much! Simple as that!.. mal
Simple..... and beautiful. I think it expresses what you feel.
  • Aibee
  • 15 May 2007, 03:03
This tulip makes me sad actually.... i feel like its wilting. I also wish i could see a little more of the one behind even though i sorta understand what you are going for. I guess from the blurry imagine, i get a sense of complete domination, or slavery; more like one is working against one's will. This resonates more with servitude to me than servanthood. Make sense?
Really nice colors on this flower
  • adaoha
  • 30 Jul 2007, 17:55
I was diving at the archives to see something very interesting, and this caught my eye. I feel the message its telling me is, that even though you are actively serving and may not get the recognition, you are never forgotten, because your presence is noted.

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