Month: June 2008

Opportunities & Preparedness…

Yellow Line, by Nawfal Nur, All Rights Reserved

“Yellow Line”
From the “Distinctive Georgetown” Portfolio
Bishop Street, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
© 2008 Nawfal Nur
All Rights Reserved

Opportunities & Preparedness…

Always being prepared, having your camera with you, actively seeking out photographs with your eyes wide open, and seeing things differently are some of the major keys to taking better, and more interesting photographs.

Earl Nightingale said many things that I always want to strive for, and here are a few snippets of those things:  ‘Study and Prepare Yourself…Your mind is your richest resource…Look at your work with NEW Eyes…Serve the customer better than anyone else serves the customer…

Earl also said:  “We become what we think about.”

J.B. Matthews wrote:  “Unless a person has trained himself for his chance, the chance will only make him rediculous, a great occasion is worth to a man exactly what his preparation enables him to make of it.”  I’m sure that Mr. Matthews meant all people in his statement (as Earl N., mentioned), and Matthews’ statement is indeed, very profound, and very humbling.     

This is why knowing as much about your field, whether it is photography, or computer science, or WHATEVER, that you are a first-class professional in your chosen field.  Also, that you are constantly educating yourself about your profession, keeping up with the times and surpassing your competition.

Special Note:  See…I wasn’t prepared just now, I lost all my tags and categories for some strange reason…I should have saved all first.  Even when you think you are ready, you may not be ready.

The following video link is of one of my favorite guitarists, and perhaps, one of the best guitarists in the world (at this point in time).  The video was not recorded in a studio, but rather, at the NAMM show/exhibition, so the audio quality is a bit off, but if you listen to the playing and observe the technique, you will soon see why I believe Jeff Loomis, of the band NEVERMORE, is one of the best players around.  I have mainly put this video up here, to demonstrate someone in the field of music, who I believe is a first-class, prepared, professional.  You can substitute anyone of your choice in this type of exercise.  Pick someone you know is skilled in their field, it can be your field or another one.  Just watching someone who is at the top of their game, pushes you a little (or a lot) more, to improve yourself.



Bane in the Face of Finding Happiness

Metaltocracy by Nawfal Nur

by Nawfal Nur
All Rights Reserved

“Conformity and obedience,
Bane of all genius, virtue, freedom, truth,
Makes slaves of men and of the human frame,
A mechanized automaton.”
{Percy Bysshe Shelley – Source: Queen Mab, 1813}

“Truth is the bane of the Truthful.”

Evolving an Online Policy…

Dance Photography by Nawfal Nur - Bharata Natyam Hand Gesture

Bharata Natyam Dance, Hand Gesture
Indian Classical Style
South Indian Classical Dance
Nikon F5 (film – shot back in the day…) with
natural lighting and use of a large (like 4’x3′) fill card material.

Evolving an Online Policy…

After some extra time thinking and planning my online photography policy, and where I spend my time showing my photography, I have not totally discarded the vanity sites (believe it or not). Even though, in one of my previous entries, it appeared I was heading down that road, I have just modified my position. This, I would consider, is evolving.

At the photography websites that I perceive as being more vanity than business, I have reduced the numbers of contacts I have. I see people with hundreds, if not, thousands of contacts/friends at these sites. Speaking for myself, I simply can not keep track of so many contacts’ photographic works: It would complicate life too much for me.

Therefore, my new policy has become to keep only those people who I truly want to keep a “photographic-tab” on. People whose photography is of interest to me.

Of the contacts I have kept, there is a handful of people who I authentically consider friends, and I have my own definition of what makes a “friend” – your definition will most likely differ.

But moreover, my friends are people who I really want to keep up with, whose work I respect, whose work is interesting to me, whose work shows vast potential, and whose work inspires me to do work myself.

My friends also reciprocate, and they comment constructively on my work and they push me to continue working on the subjects that I excel at. There is a considerable give and take among my small listing of friends. And, there is considerable mutual respect.

In addition, as Brooks Jensen said recently in a LensWork podcast, he’d much rather appeal to the small minority of folks who appreciate [and respect] fine art photography, than to the 6-billion other people who may not have any interest in the work that goes into the art of Art Photography (or something to that effect!)

Right ON, Brooks! I totally agree with you on that point!

The main point is, IF you have been having these same thoughts, dilemmas, or time constraints with showing your work online, then perhaps it is time to evolve your own online policy…one that works specifically for your needs and fulfills your goals.

Good Luck!