Jide Alakija

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Would you want this dude to take anything from you? Yes he has that "Gimme your money and I'll double it" look or "I'm a loan shark, you'll always need me". Sometimes I feel like the structures in our society have a look like this.They seem to have the light around them but what's really in them?

Disclaimer; the model has not endorsed the views expressed by this shot and blog post, please don't go linch him if you see him around.

Update: To help everyone understand my compositions better, the reason I use a lot of negative space is because I'm taking the shot in retrospec of the fact that the image could be used for commercial presentations, say for instance a movie poster, the Title would be in the negative space. So really you've got to think beyond the image that you see, think about what it's for and why it was taken.

Thanks. I hope this helps.

comments (22)

  • Suby
  • Milton Keynes, UK
  • 14 May 2007, 00:09
Now this is how you know the rules of composition, throw them away when you want to achieve an awesome image, as usual bro, you come up with an amazing amazing pic

lovely shot, the skin tones looks so real. As a matter of preference, not sure of the negative space above but it is unique in its own way.
Great portrait, wonderful tones and lighting, but I also am not sure about the amount of negative space in this one.
  • Jo
  • 14 May 2007, 08:15
Oh thats a great idea indeed.Mortgage refinancing at www.mortgagerefinancing.com
  • Josef
  • Sweden
  • 14 May 2007, 08:15
You sure are! Nice composition. I love the background!
Where did you find this outlaw !!! LOL.. Nice shot
  • Leye
  • 14 May 2007, 11:11
Oh Mr Alakija...Hope peeps trust me after seeing this.

I like it though.....Reminds me of Chris Tucker in the Money Talks Film

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Cool Portrait!
  • Dembi
  • 14 May 2007, 14:03
Hmmmmnn....... =)
  • Jamey
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 14 May 2007, 15:49
I think empty space looks good anyway, don't listen to the haters smile
  • Funmi
  • 14 May 2007, 17:40
he looks cute, a lil like a chipmunk... also the light n space work very well in infusing life n character into the portrait.
  • mal
  • 14 May 2007, 19:55
your control of the light and tones is really first class here Jide, wonderful portrait. mal
At times like this. You are happier with Harp. taste right everytime. Looks like a shot from a Harp lager advert. He sure looks happy.
  • Ellie
  • 14 May 2007, 23:56
I like the way he's looking downwards towards the camera, it gives a reason to have the space around him. He's got a lovely face, and the background is really good too, I like the whole picture smile
  • Aibee
  • 15 May 2007, 02:53
I'm a total fan of your work. Its really fantastic what you do with the space and the way the colors seem to pop out. All your models have character. He obviously seem really nice... (not quite sure how true that is but you make me believe it) I suppose the negative space thing does help as well... GREAT WORK.
Wall street!!
Perfect balance of light. Great portrait!
  • mo
  • 15 May 2007, 12:24
Leye, i cant take that, is Dotun trying to say your skin isnt really smoothsmile

Great Portrait
fine boy no pimple
  • Lisa
  • 21 Jul 2007, 23:08
Dis is too sexy... Nice pic concept... Look at da smile, i mean da back group is a little high strong but da model takes ur eyes from it all... Dat smile... WoW...

I commend da photographer on dis great capture
  • Anon Imus
  • Nigeria
  • 8 Jan 2008, 10:06
I presume that a lot of people know a lot about photography from these comments. I simply think it is a fantastic picture! Great work!!!

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