Jide Alakija

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photoblog image Children of Rwanda #8: Lean on me?
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Children of Rwanda #8: Lean on me?

This image is a lot larger than this in terms of the composition. I only cropped it to this because of presentation on the photoblog. I say this because I think it looks better uncropped. I would have put that version up but nah, I'll keep it for myself, you can have this one.

I've recently been preparing for the wedding season of this year and one of the things I'm going to be doing is a lot of black and white. I've been working hard over the past 6 months improving my black and white photography and have learnt one thing very important. Shooting in black and white is more than just about taking an image in colour and converting. One needs to SEE in black and white.

I've recently been studying the works of Raghu Rai, the Indian Magnum photographer and in an interview he mentions the reason why he shoots a lot of his subjects in black and white. The main thing I picked up from the interview was the fact that the removal of colour has the effect of taking away the distractions that the lead the eye from the real seriousness in the photo or scene. I think he is right, I look at this shot above and see that it can only be presented in black and white to get the real message out.

comments (12)

  • DrAW!
  • nigeria
  • 12 Mar 2008, 00:40
love the way u do monochrome
also love the graduating dof
well composed
  • Mo
  • London
  • 12 Mar 2008, 00:45
This is a wonderful shot! The vulnerability in this child's expression is almost overwhelming. This must be even more evident in the uncropped version (but it is an artist's prerogative to keep smething aside for himself!)
I'm really enjoying your more recent work. Keep it up!
  • Tony
  • 12 Mar 2008, 01:30
Jide, you should start a cause for unpriviliged African children. Your Rwanda pictures are awesome for photo-journalism.
Very nice format, leads the eye to the foreground.
  • Bitchy
  • New York
  • 12 Mar 2008, 14:02
Well done honey smile
  • PhotoSam
  • London, U.K.
  • 12 Mar 2008, 16:26
agree with what raghu rai says about b/w removing distractions...
this is an exceedingly poignant capture, well taken...
Great one : A likey !!
  • Ellie
  • chilly and windy UK
  • 13 Mar 2008, 00:00
I think some monochrome pictures have far more impact than the same scene in colour, they have much more .. almost purpose, and I think this one's a perfect example. The little boy seems dwarfed by his surroundings, any colour would have altered that feeling and been a distraction.
What a powerful shot! I love the look on the boys eyes.
  • Laku
  • London
  • 13 Mar 2008, 23:13
The Monochrome brings out the truth in the child's pose. Lovely shot. Well done
Awesome composition.
  • Ovo
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 21 Mar 2008, 11:42
Jide you style has changed a lot lately. More art than magic - more reality than dream. I think it is maturity

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