Jide Alakija

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United Poverty

I'm still getting used to this interface. It's very unsual posting up an image this large. I think I like it. It's really affecting the way I'm now processing my images.

The state of poverty in the US is quite shocking. You would have thought that a large properous country like that would have sorted this problem out. Now that's the issue - is it a problem or just an excuse? I remember something Jesse Jackson said during the New Orleans disaster after the hard hitting hurricane Katherina - "the hurricane did not cause a third world country, it just revealed a third world country", and with scenes like this you can't be surprised. People don't have a choice and have been removed from the system somehow. What do you think?

comments (13)

wow. you are by far the best shutterchace blogger i have seen.
good stuff. really like it.
Very cool shot. It makes a terrific social commentary.
Top shot Jide !!!
  • Suru
  • Los Angeles CA
  • 30 Aug 2007, 08:30
Yes, a so called developed country like the U.S. has a very high rate of poverty. I think it is because of egunje. It is not only Naija where the rich try to keep all for themselves. I like this shot. It has all the elements of poverty in it without even seeing the person's face. Nice!!
  • :)
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 30 Aug 2007, 09:45
just the way i like it
  • E Etomi
  • Sweden
  • 30 Aug 2007, 10:39
The shot sends its message across and is interesting because you can't see his face.
A strong image and lovely tones.
  • chunter
  • Veau Dafonny
  • 30 Aug 2007, 15:41
Clearly you have the advantage of being there, but this image doesn't say poverty to me. In fact it says the opposite.

Surrounded by what could be shopping bags and taking a break in an affluent area with a shop bought coffee-to-go, his shoes are clean and bright, possibly new as the laces are undone to relieve the tightness. Only the dark processing suggests the other side of the coin.

Anyway, I'm more interested in the image, and I have to say that lately your work seems to be a cut above what it was in your early shutterchance days, and that was pretty darned good. I think it's your latest style of processing that has raised the bar. It's impressive stuff.
moving work as u express ur emotion with the lgihtwork that uve done...
  • klickd
  • Milton Keynes
  • 30 Aug 2007, 20:01
Powerful shot !
  • BeakerSt
  • Shutterchance
  • 30 Aug 2007, 22:56
This is a shot where you've taken a great image to start with and then processed it sympathetically to bring out the best. Like I always say, it's starts with a great picture and you shouldn't be able to notice the processing...this is why I think this is stunning and why I stick to plastic chairs and corridors!
I am not liking the new interface, as my laptop screen is small, so it makes it difficult to appreciate your work on this.
  • Aibee Abidoye
  • New York
  • 3 Sep 2007, 16:11
I love the title. I think you're making a fantastic statement with this photograph, and to think that it wasn't staged is quite amazing. Poverty has no face...
Third World Country or Western World, it cannot be completely eradicated.

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