Jide Alakija

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photoblog image Children of Rwanda #3: Attention
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Children of Rwanda #3: Attention

You want to know who I really am? You really do? I'm your worst enemy, yet I look like your best friend. I'm your most hated foe, yet I look like your brother.
Why do we lie to each other? Why don't we just tell the truth?
Seriously guys, that's who we all are, we're all sinners. But we're constantly in denial of that fact.

comments (37)

Excellent shot. Where was the light coming from. I suspect they were in a presentation and from the screen was teh main light source?
Jide Alakija: The classroom where these kids are was very dark and the only light source was from the side windows about 10m away from them. That's what's making the outline on their face.
  • bianca
  • Brooklyn
  • 31 Oct 2007, 00:48
This is such a beautiful photograph. It breaks my heart.
Jide Alakija: Thanks Bianca
  • Temi
  • United States
  • 31 Oct 2007, 01:11
Wow, really great shot. One of my favs from you.
Jide Alakija: Thanks Temi, it's one of mine too.
Wow....serious work here. This is amazing.
Jide Alakija: Thanks Gail.
  • Suru
  • LA
  • 31 Oct 2007, 03:18
Jide Alakija: Hey Suru...long time! How you doing?
  • Kathryn
  • Germany
  • 31 Oct 2007, 06:08
Beautifully emotional. Likey.
Jide Alakija: Thanks K.
Amazing photograph. I love the way the light hits the profiles and that little catchlight in the central figures eye is perfect. Very creative use of DOF.
Jide Alakija: Ingrid, your attention to detail is spot on!
  • shakara
  • Nigeria
  • 31 Oct 2007, 09:17
Jide .. you work is awesome well done !!!
Jide Alakija: You're too kind sir, thanks.
  • bee
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 31 Oct 2007, 09:20
this is more than awesome, it's not just a photograph....it stirs so much emotion. well done sir.
Jide Alakija: WOW! Bee...that's really deep and very kind of you. Thank you.
i echo ingrid's comments

techniacally and dramatically sound

top notch work even by alakija standards

your 5d's been pretty busy
Jide Alakija: Thanks Dr. Well let's just say that Rwanda really moved me and therefore it was only right that I'd convey what I saw. Thanks.

Regarding my kit, I really pushed myself this time, I don't think I'd even put myself in the middle of the battlefield like this before.
  • Rayo previously Mo
  • United States
  • 31 Oct 2007, 12:31

This is jawdroppingly astounding, i am so moved, i don't know how to express the emotion
what is there not to like about this shot!
  • Swinda
  • Spain
  • 31 Oct 2007, 13:58
Wow, this is haunting. Amazing shot.
Wow, that's cool. Nice political thing you've got going here.
  • mama
  • France
  • 31 Oct 2007, 15:59
As a lighting engineer...i am always fascinated by the way light is captured in photographs and i have to say that this photo captures every emotion on their face. Wow wee...amazing !!!

You look at their faces and its like they are receiving instructions or are deep in thought & deeply engrossed in what they are listening to because they don't have choice...trully well captured...
  • johnnyg
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 31 Oct 2007, 19:11
Awe inspiring work Jide, this should be hung in a gallery somewhere.

I've gotta say I like this Jide.
  • klickd
  • India
  • 31 Oct 2007, 19:29
WOW !!! Amazing !
  • Mal
  • stuck behind a computer all day
  • 31 Oct 2007, 21:18
what a shot! Beautiful Jide. mal
  • Chinwe Ozobia
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 1 Nov 2007, 11:48
Jide you trully amaze me. The image is almost too haunting to look at, yet so beautiful I don't want to take my eyes of it. Phenomenal work...
  • Collins
  • Houston, TX (USA)
  • 1 Nov 2007, 14:23
Awesome. Love this one!
  • Ovo
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 3 Nov 2007, 08:21
Beautiful picture. You scare me sometimes.
Jide Alakija: Scare you? Should I take that as a compliment?
  • Ovo
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 3 Nov 2007, 12:40
Yes, that is a compliment.
Very strong, emotive image. Very strong, emotive words too!
  • Jamey
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 12 Nov 2007, 17:05
Lovely... really lovely... But (always a but) I don't like the catchlight in the eye. I'd prefer just the outlines.
  • myde
  • Europe
  • 14 Nov 2007, 16:49
really speechless now, trully movin pic, great work jide
  • BeakerSt
  • Shutterchance
  • 26 Nov 2007, 16:52
A beautiful set of images, really impressed with all 3 of them.
Very powerful shot and composition! Nice site, I'll keep you in my favorites. Keep on posting!
ooh....This is very good photo indeed...
  • Franck
  • Canada
  • 3 Jan 2008, 22:14
Just perfect !
Privacy and emotion in this powerfull B&W ...
  • jmblog
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 4 Jan 2008, 06:36
Great shots. I put you in my blogroll smile
Hello Jide, long time no see!
Beautiful series! Subject, style and processing. I am curious how it'll develop further, but this one and the first are my favs so far.
  • Laurie
  • United States
  • 5 Jan 2008, 15:08
Interesting light here. Very dramatic.
worthy of any magazine
  • Nkemo
  • london
  • 14 Jan 2008, 21:24
Jide, this is really wonderful. You continue to inspire. This probably one of my favourite shots of yours.
  • Esther
  • Spain
  • 6 Apr 2008, 20:40
  • tim
  • leeds uk
  • 8 May 2008, 20:39
truly awesome Jide.

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