Pillow, Red Stool, and Shadow on the Sidewalk, Georgetown, Penang.

Pillow, Red Stool, and Shadow on the Sidewalk in Georgetown, Penang.

Pillow, Red Stool, and Shadow on the Sidewalk in Georgetown, Penang, by Nawfal Nur.

Pillow, Red Stool, and Shadow on the Sidewalk in Georgetown, Penang, by Nawfal Nur. I could be wrong, but this is why generally, I think, people don’t get a lot of my work. I could make all kinds of unsubstantiated assumptions about what people like and don’t like, or simply don’t understand about photography and I would be wrong 73.5549% of the time – just guessing. I went out on the streets of Georgetown to take photos of things that caught my eye. I took about 40 photographs, 42 to be exact. I put a number of them on my Facebook profile, wall photos. Some of my images got a few comments, just a few. But, this one, one of my favorites, didn’t get a comment or a like by anyone. And I sit back, being an observant creative type of person, and wonder, “what da’ hell.” This photograph was one of the most ‘quirky’ social observations from that set of 42 photographs. The colors are stunning (in my opinion), the scene is obscure because how often do you see a pillow sitting on a red stool out on the sidewalk, and an added bonus, a great geometric shadow with converging lines on the sidewalk. You see, this is what makes photography great, as well as frustrating. What one person sees as a great find, others totally dismiss it not thinking of the, well, for lack of a better word, ‘coolness’ of the whole package. I think that if I would inject a great looking half-clothed model on that stool, I would get a shit-load of ‘atta-boys’, ‘great shot’, ‘she’s hot’ comments – but of course. But, if you see a colorful pillow on a stool, something you wouldn’t usually witness, hey, maybe I am just profoundly dementia’ed to think it is abstract and unusual enough to garner a simple mention by anyone who views it. Photography is great, but it is also frustrating when your audience does not see things the same way you do. Thus, perhaps, when this happens, we are barking up the wrong audience, not targeting the right group of people, and that could be our ultimate challenge as photographers, besides getting a great photograph.

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