Jide Alakija

24 Jul 2007 1,977 views
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This is a shot that I've put on request of a dear friend. Today I had the opportunity to hang out with Suby and Sinem. We spent our shooting time indoors in Burger King, playing with the camera. I used the time to go over some things with my Personal Assistant, Kaffy whilst Suby, Sinem and Zsofia were messing around with the camera.

This gentleman caught the eye of Zsofia and we couldn't resist not shooting him, so I asked him for a portrait and he gladly obliged.

comments (26)

  • :)
  • 24 Jul 2007, 01:35
amazing. obviously
Jide Alakija: Ta.
excellent portrait! perfect in b&w.
Jide Alakija: Thanks Lizzie.
  • Polly
  • Los Angeles
  • 24 Jul 2007, 02:53
gorgeous look in the eyes!
Jide Alakija: Thanks Polly.
Wow, how I would love to hang out with you guys too, what a remarkable portrait shot at the BK!!

Wonderful portrait, Jide...such a calm intensity in his eyes.
Jide Alakija: Thanks.
  • adaoha
  • 24 Jul 2007, 08:17
Im not sure what it is, but there is something about his stare, its like you caught him in a moment, well Im not a poet, so cant use all that warm fuzzy words, but I like this. Its as if you were able to capture that moment he was in.lol.
Jide Alakija: Thanks.
such pretty eyebrows...and eyelashes...could pass for a woman almost
Jide Alakija: Thanks for the comment B.
I actually thought he was a women .. WOW.. It is a lovely portrait . How is you car doing ?
Jide Alakija: Thanks. It's been written off. My Oyster card has also gone for an MOT. grin
  • Urv
  • 24 Jul 2007, 09:28
Stunning photo- hard to believe it's in a Burger King!
Jide Alakija: Thankr Urv
  • sinem
  • Milton Keynes, UK
  • 24 Jul 2007, 11:18
Haha, I know our friend from BK: Chris. He was actually dying to pose for us, wasn't he? Still admire your courage in going up to people and asking if it is okay to 'shoot' them. Not in a million years. It was really fun hanging out with you, Kaffy and Zsofia. They're now both my facebook buddies. =)
Jide Alakija: Yup...I enjoyed it. Shame we had to leave, would have been good to get some more portraits you know.
  • Ovo
  • UK
  • 24 Jul 2007, 11:25
I like. simple yet noticeable.
Jide Alakija: I'm happy you're pleased....now to do something out of my comfort zone tomorrow.
Beautiful portrait - full of character and a great tonal range. Excellent!! David.
Jide Alakija: That's what I was looking for...character! Thanks.
  • PhotoSam
  • London, U.K.
  • 24 Jul 2007, 14:12
he has one of the most interesting faces ive seen, very clear eyes...nice take...
He's got penetrating eyes, that's for sure. Am I the only one that mistook him for a woman? Maybe its the getup. Very well captured.
Very powerful image with great cropping
I'm captivated by his eyes...dunno why !!! hmm
Very striking individual. Very well captured here.
U a very brave man....
  • klickd
  • Milton Keynes
  • 24 Jul 2007, 19:12
Excellent portrait ! love the powerful eyes !
  • EMA
  • lagos
  • 24 Jul 2007, 19:36
bac n da days
precious memories
  • Yinka Fatokun (nee 'Serrano)
  • 24 Jul 2007, 19:37
Hello Jide
Nice pic

His penetrating eyes tell a story of one with great experience...in what? (maybe capturing wild animals..like tigers and leopards)

I also thought it was a pic a woman, but a closer look at the cheekside, did the trick for me (the obvious masculine features)smile

Keep it up!
This is a striking portrait indeed.
  • dezha
  • 25 Jul 2007, 11:25
his eyes...woooow, looks like he can draw ur soul out of u...scary!!! but LOVESSSSSSSS IT!!
  • chunter
  • Salisbury, Wiltshire. UK
  • 29 Jul 2007, 17:53
The quality of the photo goes without saying, as usual. What drew me to this shot in particular was the thoughtful pose of the sitter. He has a gentle, "all knowing" look about him, as though he's on a different plane from the rest of us.
  • Aibee Abidoye
  • 31 Jul 2007, 00:42
I say he's a Trans. : )
Considering this is an impromptu portrait in a fast food joint, I'd say this more than excellent!
Jide Alakija: Thanks Diane.
  • Kaffy
  • 15 Aug 2007, 16:33
this is a beautiful shot jide!

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