Jide Alakija

Artist Statement
Plain and simple, I love to tell stories… but I’m not an amazing writer so I use photography instead. There’s a story in nearly every situation one encounters or finds his or herself in. These experiences, these encounters are the very things that have developed my images and I find great pleasure in sharing them through the weddings, events and other documentary projects.

I have an interest in creating photographic art and presenting images that tell really interesting stories and memories. When I’m working I prefer not to interfere with the event and situations I find myself in. Capturing the reality, moments and the stories is my focus.

I am British by birth and Nigerian by ethnicity, spending most of my formative years in Southern Nigeria and London, UK. I’ve recently relocated in Durham, North Carolina (affectionately North Cackalacky), USA to live with my wife, Ayodele. She is my greatest confidante and support; I really don’t know where I would be without her.

I love to travel. Thankfully, my photography allows me to do so quite a bit. My photography takes me all over the US, Europe, Africa, even as far as Sri Lanka.

Other hobbies? You mean aside from being awesome? Actually, photography used to be a hobby but I loved it so much that I turned it into a full-time gig. Otherwise, I enjoyed cycling once upon a time. But the wife drags me to spinning classes to make up for my stolen bike.

Born: 1977 Born London, England

Education: 1997 Imperial College London