Jide Alakija

06 Oct 2007 2,509 views
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I've been in a very reflective mood of late. One thing I've been thinking about is this idea of 'style of work'. I've discovered that the message that comes with an image is vital. I've been looking through my archive and also at the work of the likes of Skee and company. And I've come to the conclusion that I should always aim for 'the dramatic image', in particular, 'the dramatic portrait'.

I looked up the definition of the word "Drama" in the dictionary and found that there was not one clear definition of the word. This is really strange because when we use it we tend to be very clear in our perception of its meaning, without realising that it could mean many other things. The common thread linking the different meanings of "drama" though was that it provokes emotions in the person observing it or being exposed to it.

It is my aim to create and capture dramatic moments. Be they dramatic in composition, in colour or event. This particular image was taken on commission for the Jesus House Church in London, at a show called "The J-Factor". Tony was one of the contestants at the show.

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Before I checked your blog today, I posted a late weekend post, with an interesting quote from no other than Jesse Jackson saying:

" Pictures can live in one's memory. That's why they are important"

As artists, photographers or photosnappers smile we have the ability to express and convey our thoughts visually which most times is more effective than vocally. This presents us with a huge responsibility... as they say...."One picture can change peoples moods, mindsets or even social paradigms.

Bottom line.. if you have a gift... use it wisely.

Ok... enough jabber, Skee's just woke up... so forgive me if i've been rambling smile

On to the pic.... these kind of shots are always hard... I can see some burn outs on the shirt... but it's well composed and given the lighting you have done well... but as I'm sure you know... You can improve greatly.
  • adaoha
  • 6 Oct 2007, 08:02
Here I am to worship you Lord indeed. Love this image, got me thinking of the goodness of God, and how I must always be thankful and praise Him always.

That was the emotion this image provoked. Gosh, I wish I was there live.

Oh and love the image in black and white. You guys call is mono something!! smile
  • Ifueko (ify / mama)
  • North / East side...
  • 6 Oct 2007, 16:24

I know I haven't written on any of your blogs yet... but this one I just had to comment b'cos it is of a dear and true worshipper who is very close to my heart & who is still trying to find his way in life...My dear Tony Blaize.

Okay, back to the photo:
. This must have been a difficult shot to have taken and to have processed from the looks of it... but I will just leave you with some comments:

. "An intellectual says a simple thing in a hard way but an artist says a hard thing in a good way" - Indeed this must have been a very difficult shot to have captured but nonetheless, the composition was very good and you can only get better according to Mista Skee

. The medium of photography gives its unique realism and gives the photographer the power to go beyond conventional ways of seeing and understanding and say, "This is real, too." - This is what i feel you have tried to express in this photo: "The essence of true worship and the fun that goes along with praising God."

So, well done and can't personally wait to see the remaing J - Factor pics...

Bless, moi xxx

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