Jide Alakija

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Pointless ART

I don't know if you're like me  when it comes to looking for images to  make and capture, I tend to want to present something that some how has a universal meaning or understanding. I remember when I started this journey (3 years now, yeah it's been that long since I picked up the camera!!!) I basically was more fund of the quality of the images my camera produced than anything else. I had no understanding of good exposure, f-starting of stopping, the point of good lighting was beyond me so I didn't even bother with a flash.

I look through my archive of images and can smell the freshness in my progress. "Boy, Jide you have come a long way but you also have loads to learn" I can hear "Sensay" Mista Skee. So true, I have to agree, there is so much to learn, too much in fact. I've been studying the works of some very accomplished African photographers of late and just to name a few: Andrew Dosunmu, Randan Shaath, Boubacar Toure' Mandemory and Lara Baladi (whose work I absolutely adore).

I don't know, if you're like me some of their works don't make any sense. I mean why spend half of your photography life taking photographs of weird things? What's up with photographing abandonded buildings in the middle of the Amazon jungle? Well some of that I can understand, especially for documentation but not for art. It's not appealing neither is it interesting. It doesn't make sense. I can hear someone now tell me, Jide that's the point it doesn't make sense, so we make sense of it. A very learned friend once told me that art is a subject of open discussions. Your work is only art the moment people start talking about it. It's hopeless! That's what it is to me. I feel like no one should talk about these things because they are NOT art IMHO.

This brings me to the subject of this image. It's an image I got in Portobello market from a horn seller. He had them lined up in a row and decided to make ART of it. Now the moment you all start commenting on this one you make the little "leave me alone" horn louder not in sound but in this thing called ART.

The image is not about the photographer! It's about the ARTIST! That's what people pay for. The noise, the hype, the discussions, the pointlessness, the ART!

comments (21)

  • johnnyg
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 19 Feb 2008, 20:31
Is this art, I don't know and more importantly to me I don't really care. What I do care about is that the image itself is strong enough to make me sit up and take notice and because it made me notice therefore it would invoke enough of an emotion to make me want to discuss.

Does that make it art, not on it's own no, do I need to understand why the artist presented his work in this way, again no. For it to be art to me I need to understand why and how the emotion made me react in the way it did, everything else for me is fluff. Pointless no, this image did create an emotion within me.
Interesting read, what do I know about ART? What do I know about what people define as an ART piece, I say nothing, but then I pick up my camera and believe I(we) create images that some people may look at and say "this is ART" (& some people go "rubbish").

Does the fact I woke up one day, decided to chuck in the 9-5 and stick the word Photographer in front of my name make me an artist? I really do not know, I 1st of all want to be judged as an individual, then as a Photographer, then if I am lucky maybe an Artist, but then it's up to those who view my(our) work to judge, is it about me(us) I hope not, I really do hope it is all about our work.

Now back to the question, do I(we) consider myself(ourselves) artists? You tell me(us) smile

By the way, love this shot a lot.
beautiful image. art will never be pointless to me. there are aspects of life that one may not consciously think about. but everything has a meaning. even if that meaning doesn't have any time. even if that meaning doesn't come to you while you're awake. you may dream of it's "point". you may . you never know.
  • Tony
  • 20 Feb 2008, 04:59
This image makes me remember newspaper vendors and their bicycles in Nigeria.
  • Astrid
  • The Nehterlands
  • 20 Feb 2008, 05:48
Interesting information, I like to try to discribe what I feel about this, I am Dutch-born so my English is my second language, art and photography can be one, when I go on 'picture hunt'I look for things that appeal to ME, what I see in things and if others like that too, than it is up to them if they call it art, I just put on my SC a serie of pictures taken in the fog, for me taking those pictures and see the outcome, 'make them ready for my blog' that is for me the most intense feeling of enjoying myself, creating a piece of myself, I did not have any education in taking pictures, I have my instinct I guess, BUT to find out that others like what I am doing, than it 'might' be art, to pleasure others with my things I created.
Like your picture, I see that as a piece of art you created, I love the B&W, the DOF, the endlessness (if this is an english word?) in it, I like it very much, I have been through your pictures, I have to admit I do like a lot of your picures you have and there are some I don't have a feeling with, but that can be said of my pictures too, some you like and some you don't like....it is for any individual to say, 'this is art.....' BTW...I do love this picture of you, it is very appealing to me.
  • PhotoSam
  • London, U.K.
  • 20 Feb 2008, 07:21
know where you're coming from...
i just think that if really leads the eye and looks genuinely beautiful (as thjis one does) the artist must have committed some part of himself to it, and that's why it does it for me...
  • Adaoha
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 20 Feb 2008, 09:15
I really really like this. I can see this hanging on my wall.
  • Kathryn
  • Germany
  • 20 Feb 2008, 09:57
Personally, I find in general that the louder the person toots his own horn, the more the lemmings sit up and take notice and follow the horn tooter.

For me, there is no one "ART!" with capital letters and an exclamation point, there are many arts and they are all subjective to the artist and the viewer. For me it is an discussion, but not in the way for you friend described. For me it is a intimate and personal discussion that is grounded in some core connection. It is communicated in a language that, for the moment when the discussion happens, is only understood by the artist and the viewer. It transcends the need for language as it is one human soul speaking to another.
  • chad
  • The British Isles
  • 20 Feb 2008, 10:46
I love it when people say something is or is not art. Art is about the human condition rather than the object. I's pure intellect. Thanks for the ebate.
I for one, LOVE it
  • tim
  • United Kindom
  • 20 Feb 2008, 14:07
well i am not been drawn in to the art debate Jide, all i will say is its a superb imagesmile
  • Ann
  • SucĂ© sur Erdre - France
  • 20 Feb 2008, 18:43
Great effect of movement !!! Well done !!!
  • boye
  • 21 Feb 2008, 03:16
the first few times i looked at this was without the commentary. I thought I was looking at a horn in motion. your EXIF data made me rethink as i figured it was impossible to twirl a horn that fast.

I also am on a journey to take better pictures and perhaps to go beyond recording what is there to the magic of creating an idea/notion of life enhanced by the image but not necessarily represented by the image. Perhaps someone will call that art!

Are the horns as laid out on Portobello road art? I dont know. Is this picture art? In my book it is!
Very nice image, well done
  • incubus
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 21 Feb 2008, 15:48
nice words, im impressed (very rare occurence when its genuine) grin
  • Laurie
  • United States
  • 22 Feb 2008, 15:13
I think it's a striking image.
  • Fausto
  • Paramaribo @ Home
  • 23 Feb 2008, 05:53
Anything, anyone and every object can be seen as art. Even a breadcrumb can be seen as art with a good macro lens. You blow it up and stick it in a frame and place it in an exhibition...it's art. Title: Breadcrumb..why? Why didn't you eat me?
When I saw this picture before reading your story I thought this was some sort of object with the tubes of tires stuck to it. Then I looked better and yeah..as long as a picture holds my attention for more then 30 sec...it's definitely art. Art of the person who made it...and art for the photographer who captured it for eternity..for generations after us.. This gets a likey from me!
  • urban8
  • Stoke-on-the-River-Trent-if-you-can-find-it....
  • 23 Feb 2008, 07:06
Great shot, love the DoF here.
  • laku
  • Germany
  • 1 Mar 2008, 22:16
My two cents contribution would be that, sometimes or often great people who create master pieces do not really see themselves as artist or anything of grandeur, or set out to create a master piece. They just go out there and do what feels right in their soul.They connect themselves to what they do, giving their creation all about themselves. It is the viewer of the work that now decides whether the work should be considered a master piece, art or otherwise.
Half of the Togs on SC most probably did not study photography or the 'ART' of photography.We all just go out there and do what feels right in our soul. And if by any chance somebody sees these and think 'what a masterpice' then kudos to us all Keep on keeping on I say.
  • laku
  • Germany
  • 1 Mar 2008, 22:17
great shot by the way grin jide

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