Jide Alakija

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Dancing drummer #1

This shot is part of a series of drumming shots I'm putting together for my website portfolio. I've been designing behind the scenes a new portal for Alakija.com. I think it's about time I got my art out there so that it is very clear what my style of photography is and what I document with it. There has been some confusion in the past on what Jide Alakija really is all about.

Tell me what you think about these shots. Your opinons are very much valid and more than most. This shot might be hanging on your wall you never know.

As for yesterday I think the answer was really obvious, you could say you counted 8 cameras and 9 if you included mine. I didn't think it was that hard....did you? (somebody shoot Jide)

comments (8)

  • Suby
  • Milton Keynes
  • 27 Jul 2007, 09:43
About time you started to define what STYLE & GENRE of photography you want to be known for.

So for those who do not know, WHAT STYLE & GENRE OF PHOTOGRAPHY DO YOU WANT TO BE KNOW FOR? smile

Jide Alakija: Well the style has already been defined. I think what i meant to say was FINALLY completing something with my images. I've set up many projects but completed none.
  • adaoha
  • 27 Jul 2007, 09:59
Listen word has it that Microsoft likes to exhibit work of photographic artists at their centres. Maybe the sooner you define your work, the sooner your work is exhibited in one of their centers. Caspisco..
Jide Alakija: Very very true.
  • Anna Nwankwo
  • 27 Jul 2007, 11:03
ok, i dont have a blog myself (...yet, who knows) but normally checks this one. Just wanted to make few comments about what I seen from your photographs. I really believe that you have "the eye" and that your photojournalistic shots are by far the more successful ones (like the one above). Especially the the ones that have not been tampered with too much. Your photographs do not need it. You are a photographer and do not need to be a "photoshoper". (I am absoulutely not against retouching, works as a retoucher myself. ) Some of your work has the same sensitivity to a moment as Cartier-Bresson or Brassai. Just liked to commend you, keep it up. Well..that was rather long but hope it was useful to you.
Jide Alakija: Thanks Anna. Really glad you said this. I wouldn't have know otherwise. Some of my work, yes has been heavily photoshopped, but that's just blog photos. I don't think I would put such on my website as it's far too touched to be sold. That being said it's hard to say whether a shot has been touched too much because the original hasn't been seen. Sometimes that's what the shot really did look like...okay I'm ranting here...hope to see more of YOUR comments again and the Cartier-Bresson comment...WOW that's a huge compliment.

I think I'll put up more photojournalist work from now on and less photoshoped photos.
Let me be the one to shoot Jide. Your question yesterday was how many cameras we could count, the answer of course would be 8, we couldnt see yours so we can't count what we can't see can we? grin
Great shot up there. I'd definitely hang it on my wall.
  • klickd
  • Milton Keynes
  • 27 Jul 2007, 18:49
Agree with Owen. It sure brings all the focus to the drums, which is amazing !
  • Suru
  • Los Angeles
  • 28 Jul 2007, 03:26
My eyes went straight to the drum. Nice capture
  • milou
  • 30 Jul 2007, 09:21
Feel the energy.
  • Collins
  • Houston, Texas, USA
  • 4 Aug 2007, 15:11
Great shot that will stand the test of time. If in a nitpicking mood, someone can find some "distractions" in the bg but the composition and contrast with the sky (which effectively acts as a backdrop here) do very well to frame the focus of the image.

Great job.
Jide Alakija: Thanks Collins.

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