Jide Alakija

06 May 2009 1,274 views
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Very much in line with my a previous post. This is a part of my photography you don't get to see much of. This I think is because I rarely get to it. In order to get a good image in a series there are very many elements that need to be considered, including main subject matter, model (good ones), styling, lighting, location, props, production team and so on. Each one of these elements needs to be right for each shot in the series.

My hat goes out to those who do these on a regular, no wonder they get paid so much.

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Superbly balanced and great lighting ...

I just wonder how long these two managed to avoid laughing at your photographic antics.
Great one Jide.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 6 May 2009, 23:15
The kind of photography that is not my real stomping grounds. I can think it takes a lot of preparation, etc. Question: do you allow the actors to act 'grief' or do you direct them? Like you do with models when shooting fashion.

When I look at these two it seems to me that they are having a tiff. Body language - they are turning away from each other. With grief you tend to seek comfort from one another.

The concept of these kind of picture series does intrigue me, although I don't think I will ever have the time to get involved. I will leave it to you professionals.
I love this.

I find it so funny how one slight move from the models could have changed the whole perspective of this picture. The picture is really on point. It’s a side to relationships I don’t often see in photography. I’m normally used to the smiles in the park etc. It took me quite some time to understand the purpose of this picture in such a time like this (May – beginning of wedding season and all), but It’s defiantly grown on me now.

Great stuff! and very interesting, very different!
  • boye
  • United States
  • 8 May 2009, 21:40
In response to Louis; grief can also be so personal that we turn away from others. Also, why/what are they grieving? That the relationship they thought they had does not exist? That her pregnancy test came back negative (or positive)?
  • Layi
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 1 Oct 2009, 09:20
Yes, the body language definitely suggests more 'tiff' than 'grief' to me. They look very angry at each other. Very nicely captured.

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