Jide Alakija

26 Jun 2007 1,807 views
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This shot has been hugely inspired by some of the works of Garry Winogrand. I'm currently reading a book of his work put together by John Szarkowski called "Winogand: Figments from the real world". I find his works are rather complex and full of energy. I think the black and white presentation of them also have a part to play but somehow he provides a certain sort of chaos through his picture in a way that I've not really seen in most other photographers of the past.

Anyway I thought I'd try a confusing or complex shot from something I did at a wine bar recently. I personally love this one not just because of the strength of the character but also because of where the character is, note the silos in the background and the lighting in the foreground....okay, I'll leave the rest for you to ponder on.

If you ever get the time do a search for some of Garry's work.

Special thanks to Siji for posing for this one. Top Man!

comments (9)

Absolutely love it Jide.
Jide Alakija: Thanks.
  • Suby
  • MK
  • 26 Jun 2007, 00:44
I like the idea behind the shot, reminds me of Mal's post http://mal.shutterchance.com/photoblog/Chris/2/

I like images that do not comform to the norm, and branch out a bit to acually show the artistic nature of the photographer. Looking at this on the laptop, think I will be able to see the true tones when I get to the MAC.

Jide Alakija: Thanks Suby.
The definition is very crisp and excellent tones.
Jide Alakija: Thanks Michael. Toning is something I am still trying to master in mono conversions. I'm hoping one day I'll be able to convert any shot to a fantastic film like black/white.
  • johnnyg
  • in and around Liverpool Street
  • 26 Jun 2007, 10:16
Suby is right about the Mal reference, both of these shots are so strong and so different. I'd like to know how you did it because I always thought with the light coming from the front as it is the people in the back would at least have had some definition but they don't. Very clever indeed.

Jide Alakija: Thanks Johnny. The secret "I think" is to have the aperture as wide open as possible that way you catch the background light and have your flash power on the low side so that you can light up just your subject. I had the flash triggered by an on-camera transmitter. Does this help?
This shot is simply fantastic! The sharpness and detail of his face, the background, the light, the wide-angle.. i really love the end-result!
And thanks for the Garry Winogrand tip, i'll check it out!
  • Jon
  • UK
  • 26 Jun 2007, 16:16
A very strong portrait, Jide. Love it.
  • josef
  • 27 Jun 2007, 10:32
Great portrait. Love the b/w.
Interesting with the wide angle. It adds an interesting quality to the portrait.
  • franklin
  • Nigeria
  • 15 Sep 2007, 15:10
Actually, I noticed the modelfirst [Siji happens to be a friend too], and then took another look at the pix. Every feature is aptly captured. Great shot again, Alakija.

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