Jide Alakija

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The young lady from Ikorodu

I don't remember a lot of what was happening the time but I don't think I was thinking what I think about this portrait  today. What I mean is as I completed the post processing of this shot I started to ask myself questions. Who is this girl? What does life have for her in the future? How would she play the game of life? Right now she is so cute and adorable, how will she be percieved in the next 5 years? 10 years? 20 years?

I look at myself in the mirror in the evening when I am about to go to bed, when it's really quiet and I can see myself grow old. I remember the picture of myself I would see when I was 10 and I also remember what I asked myself....how do adults think? Would I ever be able to speak in public the way I see the adults do? What would happen when I am wrinkly? How would I feel? I see my granny struggle to walk and I ask, was she ever like me once in her life? All full of energy and bright. I remember asking these questions when i was very young. They frieghtened me, so much that I didn't want to grow. I hated this thing called the "Aging Process", sadly we all have to take part in the race of life. We all have to age. Just like this young lady......I wonder what the future will hold.

On a technical note, the post processing technique employed here was inspired by the works of Sebastiao Selgado. I really like the way his black and white portraits appear in his work. I've tried to recreate the same type of shot in the same way he would produce it if he took it. I'd be very interested to hear what you think.

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Jide Alakija: Is all you can say....
  • Bitchy
  • Nigeria
  • 31 Mar 2008, 07:53
I really like this smile
Jide Alakija: I had you in mind when I did this....this young lady reminds me of you.
  • Folarin
  • Europe
  • 31 Mar 2008, 13:20
I love this pic!!! In particular, I like the needle and thread hairstyle .. what is called again???

My very first crush in pry school had this hairstyle..lol..
Jide Alakija: The hair style is lovely. I don't see much of it where I live, this really caught my attention when I photographed her.
The processing is cool. It's beginning to look like an illustration.
Jide Alakija: Illustration? Kunle, you're insulting my skills. This is a photograph!!! Looks like a photograph! And will always be a photograph! wink
Relax Maestro, no insult intended. It takes a Master to coax an illustration out of a photograph grin Your skills have a well earned reputation all of their own smile
  • DrAW!
  • nigeria
  • 31 Mar 2008, 22:20
it's a powerful shot (the girls gaze and the lighting)and your post processing works for me

and why the 'animosity' towards illustration, ala kunle's post
Jide Alakija: In case you haven't realised I'm a purist when it comes to photography. I hate my photos looking like anything else other than a photograph!
  • mal
  • 1 Apr 2008, 01:09
there is a stark gritty realism to this image. The expression and stare of your subject burns through the eyes of the viewer, there is a strong connection between subject and viewer. Fantastic production and presentation to. Great image. mal
She is a gorgeous young lady and I like the way you shot it with that intense look in her eyes.
  • Bitchy
  • Nigeria
  • 2 Apr 2008, 17:00

@ Folarin - The "needle and thread hairstyle" = "thread" a.k.a "chredd" in Nigeria (Lagos at least)

@ Everybody else (DrAW! included) = "Ejo o! Hold your (frikkin) horses. Lol!"

P.P.S. Jide is still in London, so is nowhere near me right now. It's just that I'm sooooo amused right now, even on this his annoying blog smile
  • tyna
  • south korea
  • 3 Apr 2008, 09:03
I love this photo especially the grainy effect on it , makes it look like it was taken with a film camera.This is a typical yoruba girl, very cute.As for the technical aspect of this black and white photo excellent job.

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