Month: October 2013

IRITIS SHELLS SERIES THE IRITIS COLLECTION by Nawfal Johnson

The IRITIS SHELLS Series:

Series:  IRITIS SHELLS.
Number of Works in Series:  Seven.
Influence for Series:  Andreas Bernhard Lyonel Feininger (27 December 1906 – 18 February 1999).
Collection Name:  THE IRITIS COLLECTION.
Influence for Collection:  Major changes in my eyesight quality, with PDS (Pigment Dispersion Syndrome).
Photography Genre(s):  Still Life; Table-Top; Macro.
Copyright 2013 Nawfal Johnson ~ All Rights Reserved.

Title:  SHELL, No.1, Edit D. Series:  IRITIS SHELLS. Number of Works in Series:  Six. Influence for Series:  Andreas Bernhard Lyonel Feininger (27 December 1906 - 18 February 1999).

Title: SHELL, No.1, Edit D.
Series: IRITIS SHELLS.
Number of Works in Series: Seven.
Influence for Series: Andreas Bernhard Lyonel Feininger (27 December 1906 – 18 February 1999).

Title: SHELL, No.2, Edit D. Series: IRITIS SHELLS. Number of Works in Series: Seven. Influence for Series: Andreas Bernhard Lyonel Feininger (27 December 1906 - 18 February 1999).

Title: SHELL, No.2, Edit D.
Series: IRITIS SHELLS.
Number of Works in Series: Seven.
Influence for Series: Andreas Bernhard Lyonel Feininger (27 December 1906 – 18 February 1999).

Title: SHELL, No.3, Edit C. Series: IRITIS SHELLS. Number of Works in Series: Seven. Influence for Series: Andreas Bernhard Lyonel Feininger (27 December 1906 - 18 February 1999).

Title: SHELL, No.3, Edit C.
Series: IRITIS SHELLS.
Number of Works in Series: Seven.
Influence for Series: Andreas Bernhard Lyonel Feininger (27 December 1906 – 18 February 1999).

Title: SHELL, No.4. Series: IRITIS SHELLS. Number of Works in Series: Seven. Influence for Series: Andreas Bernhard Lyonel Feininger (27 December 1906 - 18 February 1999).

Title: SHELL, No.4.
Series: IRITIS SHELLS.
Number of Works in Series: Seven.
Influence for Series: Andreas Bernhard Lyonel Feininger (27 December 1906 – 18 February 1999).

Title: SHELL, No.5, Edit D. Series: IRITIS SHELLS. Number of Works in Series: Seven. Influence for Series: Andreas Bernhard Lyonel Feininger (27 December 1906 - 18 February 1999).

Title: SHELL, No.5, Edit D.
Series: IRITIS SHELLS.
Number of Works in Series: Seven.
Influence for Series: Andreas Bernhard Lyonel Feininger (27 December 1906 – 18 February 1999).

Title: SHELL, No.6. Series: IRITIS SHELLS. Number of Works in Series: Seven. Influence for Series: Andreas Bernhard Lyonel Feininger (27 December 1906 - 18 February 1999).

Title: SHELL, No.6.
Series: IRITIS SHELLS.
Number of Works in Series: Seven.
Influence for Series: Andreas Bernhard Lyonel Feininger (27 December 1906 – 18 February 1999).

Title: SHELL, No.7. Series: IRITIS SHELLS. Number of Works in Series: Seven. Influence for Series: Andreas Bernhard Lyonel Feininger (27 December 1906 - 18 February 1999).

Title: SHELL, No.7.
Series: IRITIS SHELLS.
Number of Works in Series: Seven.
Influence for Series: Andreas Bernhard Lyonel Feininger (27 December 1906 – 18 February 1999).

 

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CABBAGE SERIES THE IRITIS COLLECTION by Nawfal Johnson

Series:  CABBAGE.
Number of Pieces in Series:  Four.
Collection:  THE IRITIS COLLECTION.
Collection History:  Sept – Nov 2013.

Title:  CABBAGE, No.1, Edit E. Series:  CABBAGE ABSTRACTS. Number of Pieces in Series:  Four. Collection:  THE IRITIS COLLECTION. Collection History:  Sept to Nov 2013. Copyright 2013 Nawfal Johnson ~ All Rights Reserved. Penang, Malaysia.

Title: CABBAGE, No.1, Edit E.
Series: CABBAGE ABSTRACTS.
Number of Pieces in Series: Four.
Collection: THE IRITIS COLLECTION.
Collection History: Sept to Nov 2013.
Copyright 2013 Nawfal Johnson ~ All Rights Reserved.
Penang, Malaysia.

Title:  CABBAGE, No.2, Edit D. Series:  CABBAGE ABSTRACTS. Number of Pieces in Series:  Four. Collection:  THE IRITIS COLLECTION. Collection History:  Sept to Nov 2013. Copyright 2013 Nawfal Johnson ~ All Rights Reserved. Penang, Malaysia.

Title: CABBAGE, No.2, Edit D.
Series: CABBAGE ABSTRACTS.
Number of Pieces in Series: Four.
Collection: THE IRITIS COLLECTION.
Collection History: Sept to Nov 2013.
Copyright 2013 Nawfal Johnson ~ All Rights Reserved.
Penang, Malaysia.

Title:  CABBAGE, No.3, Edit E. Series:  CABBAGE ABSTRACTS. Number of Pieces in Series:  Four. Collection:  THE IRITIS COLLECTION. Collection History:  Sept to Nov 2013. Copyright 2013 Nawfal Johnson ~ All Rights Reserved. Penang, Malaysia.

Title: CABBAGE, No.3, Edit E.
Series: CABBAGE ABSTRACTS.
Number of Pieces in Series: Four.
Collection: THE IRITIS COLLECTION.
Collection History: Sept to Nov 2013.
Copyright 2013 Nawfal Johnson ~ All Rights Reserved.
Penang, Malaysia.

Title:  CABBAGE, No.4, Edit D. Series:  CABBAGE ABSTRACTS. Number of Pieces in Series:  Four. Collection:  THE IRITIS COLLECTION. Collection History:  Sept to Nov 2013. Copyright 2013 Nawfal Johnson ~ All Rights Reserved. Penang, Malaysia.

Title: CABBAGE, No.4, Edit D.
Series: CABBAGE ABSTRACTS.
Number of Pieces in Series: Four.
Collection: THE IRITIS COLLECTION.
Collection History: Sept to Nov 2013.
Copyright 2013 Nawfal Johnson ~ All Rights Reserved.
Penang, Malaysia.

 

 

 

IRITIS ABSTRACTS SERIES THE IRITIS COLLECTION by NAWFAL JOHNSON

The IRITIS ABSTRACTS Series – THE IRITIS COLLECTION 2013

Collection:  THE IRITIS COLLECTION.
Collection History:  Sept – Nov 2013.
Series Title:  IRITIS ABSTRACTS.
Series Number:  3.
Works in Series:  Three.

This has nothing to do with my series, IRITIS ABSTRACTS, but I just realized that I have crossed over 100,000 Views for my blog – DING! – 100,070 to be exact.  I don’t know if that is anything big, probably not since some photographers get 50,000 or more visits to their website or blog every month (e.g., Joe McNally).

OK, I guess for me it is a big deal since I have no fame.  Thus, for this unknown Photographic Artist it is pretty good, and I WASN’T going to say “Emerging Photographic Artist“.  I’m not even sure what “Emerging” means?

What is that…”Emerging?”

When I hear “Emerging” and “Artist” used in the same sentence I automatically visualize someone coming out of the ground, like some creature from beyond “emerging” from the tombs of the deep, or something like that.  I get shivers when I see that hand with the dirty, cracked fingernails sticking out of the ground, and maybe a finger bone showing where skin used to be, ARGH!  Yeap:  that picture pretty much freaks me out.  So anyway…Why not just refer to lesser-known artists as…Artists?

And, I’ve been bothered by something else (so many things really, but this stands out).  Why do Photographers always have to tell you that they are “Photographers”?  In addition, Photographers usually must place the word “Photography” on their works, and websites, and it must also be in the URL of their Internet address.  Let’s use Billy Bob as our example:  he would naturally put, “Billy Bob Joe Briggs Photography.”  And I must ask:  “Why is that?”

Isn’t it obvious that when you are looking as a photograph, the viewer already knows it is a photograph?  And, wouldn’t the artisan who created the photograph be a “photographer”?  It is implied and somewhat obvious that when you see a photograph, the viewer already knows a Photographer made the work.

Painters don’t go around labeling their works with:  Billy Bob Joe Briggs  –  Painter.  Painters sign their name…only…and maybe their name and the year the work was done.  I’m not sure why this bothers me, but it does for some reason.  Just think if Painters did the same thing throughout history:

“GROG – Cave Painter – 4,000 BC – Check out my Cave Woman Etchings!”
“Van Gogh – Master Painter – ‘Good Grief!  Couldn’t people have seen what a talent I was when I was alive – for God’s Sakes!!!'”
“van Dyck – Master Painter – Check out the awesomeness of my subjects’ clothing in the paintings!”
“John Singer Sargent – Just Master Painter.”

You see:  Painters throughout time never did that!

And, I’m not sure where this is coming from, but here’s a quote you can live by:

Don’t believe everything you see on the Internet.”
Abraham Lincoln (said that – and Honest Abe was one smart cookie!  🙂   )

So, we have Billy Bob and his various professional occupations:

Billy Bob Joe Briggs – Plumber.

Billy Bob Joe Briggs – Brain Surgeon.

Billy Bob Joe Briggs – Gynecologist.

Billy Bob Joe Briggs – Rocket Scientist.

Billy Bob Joe Briggs – Photographer.

“Billy Bob Joe Briggs – Dude with a Mechanical and Electrical Device Used to Capture Light that Reflects off of everything to one degree or another to create visual representations of what the device is pointing at.”

Ah-Ha!  Maybe I could put that one on my photos, and also register that as my new URL!  Well, note to self:  Replace your name in place of Billy Bob’s.

Who cares…

I don’t care:  Really!  My whole way of seeing things is royally-fracked up now anyway [yes, I am a fan of the newest rendition of Battlestar Galactica.   What happened to the NEW series in the BG franchise, the prequel, “BLOOD & CHROME”?

I’m a bit grumpy now.  I guess I’m having trouble getting use to a new-normal.

“George!  Wipe that dirt off your face, man, come on this is a portrait session!  Oh wait, sorry George, the dirt is in my eyeball, my apologies.  Let’s continue.  CAN SOMEONE PLEASE GET ME SOME BUG SPRAY, THESE DAMNED MOSQUITOES ARE DRIVING ME FRICK’EN INSANE!”

  • Have you ever listened to Wolfgang’s “Requiem” at 6AM?  It seems very lively.  I should have that as my alarm in the morning.

But that is nothing compared to NEVERMORE‘S “This Godless Endeavor.” which is, in my opinion, the best Metal album ever recorded.


BORN – by Nevermore.

NEVERMORE – “BORN”
Track 1 from the album “THIS GODLESS ENDEAVOR.”
Video is Live at WACKEN 2006.
And it gets heavier thereafter.

Now for the IRITIS ABSTRACTS Series:

BUT FIRST….

Have you ever had one of those, “Where the hell is my razor?” mornings?

Well, I’m living it right now.  So, where the hell is my razor?  It was RIGHT HERE yesterday!

Yeah:  Have you ever noticed that when you lose something, that it was ALWAYS “RIGHT HERE” before you lost it.

Where is “Right Here,” exactly?

Well, it must be right here, that’s where I left it!”  You motion with wild-flinging arm gestures.

Please let me explain the meaning of, “Right Here“:  “Right Here” is,  anywhere in the house:  Not outside, but inside the house.

No, TO BE TOTALLY HONEST, Yesterday, I took my razor outside and buried it in the front yard, as I normally do, and to be on the safe side, I stuck a huge wooden stake in the ground, in the place where I safely buried my razor.  I also use that sharp wooden stake to poke at any EMERGING Artist Zombies who are waiting to stick their dirty-fingernail’ed hands out of the dank and musty earth to grab me – eat my brains – and then naturally, I transform into an Emerging Artist Zombie!  You see – I have the whole thing planned out.  Well, you fail to plan, and thus, plan to fail.  Not this time, NO SIREE BLUB!  I got this whole zombie global take-over thing all figured out.

THAT BEING THE CASE:  NO, I NEVER take my razor OUT THERE for safe keeping, because the dirty-hand will likely take my razor and I’ll never see it again.

So, “Right Here” means inside the house…somewhere…not outside…outside is, “OUT THERE“…NOT “Right Here!”

So, we have established that I left my razor, “Right Here,” not “Out There.”

And, it is also obvious that it is not my fault, “Someone Else” misplaced my razor!

So, “Someone Else” misplaced, lost, or stole my razor that was clearly placed “Right Here,” and not “Out There”…somewhere.

Hummmmmm……

After hours upon hours upon hours of lost energy spent searching with no results, you then fall into a Gollum-Rage:  “Where is My Precious!”  You scream!

And then, you obviously fall over the lip’s edge of a volcano’s mouth, and die in a very fiery and painfully quick death.  Or not…..

Well, it could happen…nothing is impossible you know.

So, where was I…

Oh, yes, the “IRITIS ABSTRACTS” Series…here they are (and THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS TO ME WHEN I GET UP TOO EARLY IN THE MORNING….rambling nonsense…………).

Title:  "IRITIS ABSTRACT, #1. Series:  IRITIS ABSTRACTS. Collection:  THE IRITIS COLLECTION. Collection History:  Sept - Nov 2013. Copyright 2013 Nawfal Johnson.

Title: “IRITIS ABSTRACT, #1.
Series: IRITIS ABSTRACTS.
Collection: THE IRITIS COLLECTION.
Collection History: Sept – Nov 2013.
Copyright 2013 Nawfal Johnson.

Title:  "IRITIS ABSTRACT, #2. Series:  IRITIS ABSTRACTS. Collection:  THE IRITIS COLLECTION. Collection History:  Sept - Nov 2013. Copyright 2013 Nawfal Johnson.

Title: “IRITIS ABSTRACT, #2.
Series: IRITIS ABSTRACTS.
Collection: THE IRITIS COLLECTION.
Collection History: Sept – Nov 2013.
Copyright 2013 Nawfal Johnson.

Title:  "IRITIS ABSTRACT, #3. Series:  IRITIS ABSTRACTS. Collection:  THE IRITIS COLLECTION. Collection History:  Sept - Nov 2013. Copyright 2013 Nawfal Johnson.

Title: “IRITIS ABSTRACT, #3.
Series: IRITIS ABSTRACTS.
Collection: THE IRITIS COLLECTION.
Collection History: Sept – Nov 2013.
Copyright 2013 Nawfal Johnson.

The Socrates Series The Iritis Collection by Nawfal Johnson

THE IRITIS COLLECTION (Sept – Nov  2013)
SERIES Title: SOCRATES.
SERIES NUMBER: #2.
PHOTOGRAPHS IN SERIES: Four.

The IRITIS COLLECTION is a group of photographic series, designed during this difficult and painfully long period dealing with Chronic Iritis, and now, a second eye disease called PDS (Pigment Dispersion Syndrome).  The PDS in my right eye makes it almost impossible to see anything but blurry objects with that eye.  As far as I have researched, there is NO cure for PDS.

I have found that doing Photography now is more difficult because I have always been a ‘perfectionist’ when it comes to composing and editing my photographs.  Well, I have discovered even more clearly (no pun intended), that there is no such thing as “Perfection” – it is a figment of delusional thinking.  Nevertheless, what I can do, is to execute the design of my photographs to the best of my ability.  Maybe that means spending more time with my subjects.  Maybe that means, taking more breaks during a photographic session.  Or, maybe that means not being so hard on myself when editing my photographs:  I always want to produce the best results possible, and that is still the goal.  The main difference now is that I will depend more on my left eye (which was always my BAD Eye – GREAT!), and maybe the best I can do now will depend more on the technology within the camera – especially in terms of accurate focus.

Thanks for visiting my new post.

The SOCRATES Series:

TITLE:  SOCRATES, No.1. COLLECTION:  THE IRITIS COLLECTION. SERIES:  SOCRATES. SERIES NUMBER:  2. PHOTOGRAPHS IN SERIES:  FOUR. Copyright 2013 Nawfal Johnson ~ All Rights Reserved.

TITLE: SOCRATES, No.1.
COLLECTION: THE IRITIS COLLECTION.
SERIES: SOCRATES.
SERIES NUMBER: 2.
PHOTOGRAPHS IN SERIES: FOUR.
Copyright 2013 Nawfal Johnson ~ All Rights Reserved.

TITLE:  SOCRATES, No.2. COLLECTION:  THE IRITIS COLLECTION. SERIES:  SOCRATES. SERIES NUMBER:  2. PHOTOGRAPHS IN SERIES:  FOUR. Copyright 2013 Nawfal Johnson ~ All Rights Reserved.

TITLE: SOCRATES, No.2.
COLLECTION: THE IRITIS COLLECTION.
SERIES: SOCRATES.
SERIES NUMBER: 2.
PHOTOGRAPHS IN SERIES: FOUR.
Copyright 2013 Nawfal Johnson ~ All Rights Reserved.

A Note about photo No.2:  You can obviously see why cats are the most notoriously difficult subjects to photograph: By Image No.2, Socrates was already tired and becoming difficult.  The Photographer is ALWAYS at the mercy of their kitty-subjects who rarely want to listen to you – Everything is on their terms…so be ready.

TITLE:  SOCRATES, No.3. COLLECTION:  THE IRITIS COLLECTION. SERIES:  SOCRATES. SERIES NUMBER:  2. PHOTOGRAPHS IN SERIES:  FOUR. Copyright 2013 Nawfal Johnson ~ All Rights Reserved.

TITLE: SOCRATES, No.3.
COLLECTION: THE IRITIS COLLECTION.
SERIES: SOCRATES.
SERIES NUMBER: 2.
PHOTOGRAPHS IN SERIES: FOUR.
Copyright 2013 Nawfal Johnson ~ All Rights Reserved.

TITLE:  SOCRATES, No.4. COLLECTION:  THE IRITIS COLLECTION. SERIES:  SOCRATES. SERIES NUMBER:  2. PHOTOGRAPHS IN SERIES:  FOUR. Copyright 2013 Nawfal Johnson ~ All Rights Reserved.

TITLE: SOCRATES, No.4.
COLLECTION: THE IRITIS COLLECTION.
SERIES: SOCRATES.
SERIES NUMBER: 2.
PHOTOGRAPHS IN SERIES: FOUR.
Copyright 2013 Nawfal Johnson ~ All Rights Reserved.

SOFT BLURRY BOTTLES THE IRITIS COLLECTION BEGINS by NAWFAL JOHNSON

SOFT BLURRY BOTTLES THE IRITIS COLLECTION BEGINS by NAWFAL JOHNSON

THE IRITIS COLLECTION (Sept – Nov  2013)
Title: SOFT BLURRY BOTTLES.

I decided to start showing photographs from this new collection of images: THE IRITIS COLLECTION. This collection is a multi-series group. Some of the series, like this one, have only one image. Other series in this collection have several images. The thing that binds the series together is that the images were all designed during this time when I have been dealing with a very Chronic and Long-lasting episode of Iritis – and it is still going on. To make things worse, I have also developed PDS in my right eye, which makes it virtually impossible to see anything but blurry objects through my right eye – as far as I’ve researched, there is NO cure for PDS (Pigment Dispersion Syndrome).

Because I am dealing with these two eye diseases, I thought that this photograph of blurry bottles would be ideal because it is kind of the same type of blurriness that I see through my right eye. IF you add black, dirty spider-webs and flying black dots all over in my vision, then this photo would be a very exact representation of my vision in my right eye, right now.

I’m still not on the computer very much, but I just wanted to get the ball rolling and start with this single image from the collection. I will add more images slowly as I spend little episodes of time on the computer.

Thanks for visiting my new post and seeing the beginning of THE IRITIS COLLECTION!

WHAT THE HELL ELSE!

WELL…

I’m still not on the computer very much.

The Iritis from Hell is still with me:  One month and one day later…

Have you ever caught yourself saying:  “What the HELL else?”  And then, you realize that you shouldn’t have even asked.

“Pendejo!  Why did you say that?  You know that $hit is going to happen when you say the magic words, ‘What the Hell else?'”

And it happens – out of nowhere a lightning bolt hit you on the a$$ or something else just as entertaining.

So…the other day when I was at the Ophthalmologist’s clinic and I asked the doc,

“What are all these old, black spider webs with dead insects stuck in them…why is that floating around in my eyeball…what is that all about?”

Calmly, he says,

“Those are pigments from your Iris that have sloughed off and are now floating around in the aqueous fluid:  It is a bit of a rare disorder called Pigment Dispersion Syndrome (PDS).”  He continues, “If too much of the pigments get into that part of your eye it can cause pigmentary glaucoma.”

You ever notice how calm doctors are when they give you bad-frick’en-news…I suppose it is much better if your doctor stays calm so you can panic when they drop the medical-bad-news-b o m b on you.

These spider webs and the blurriness are driving me FRACK’EN CRAZY!  I constantly see these very fast mosquitoes flying around, and there are dirty specks in my drinking water; but not really, the visual sensations are from my seeing the floating pigments in my eyeball.  The spider’s web of pigments is deceiving for sure:  One of these days I will have dirt in my water glass and think, “No eyeball!  You’re not fool’en me this time!”  And then proceed to drink dirty water.

I have not had time to contemplate what this crappy news means for me and my photography:  Believe me, having a horribly dirty and blurry eye creates a few issues with my photography.  I’m not saying that it has stopped my photography; however, I believe I will depend A LOT more on my camera’s auto-focus technology.

Nothing could have stopped this from happening – maybe it is a natural progression in my genetic makeup.  First, we add HLA-B27 genetic marker to his code.  Second, at 15, we slap him with Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS).  Third, we make things a little more fun…hummmmm…how about Chronic Iritis; and then, to make things really interesting for this photographer, what about PDS!  Awesome! 😦  No, not so awesome.

On a brighter note, I have an “IRITIS COLLECTION” started:  All of the photographs in this new collection have been designed during this time with Iritis and PDS.

Perhaps if I’m at the computer later, I’ll start to exhibit the IRITIS COLLECTION photographs.

Well my closing advice is this:  NEVER ask yourself “What the Hell else?” when life kicks you in the eyeball, or any other place on your body.

 

The greater the…

The greater the difficulty, the more the glory in surmounting it.
– Epicurus

At least that is what I have to constantly tell myself as I am still struggling with this Iritis.  I have not been on the computer in days, however it is necessary from time-to-time to see if there are important emails to respond to, or…whatever.

I made mention to a friend, recently, that Beethoven MUST have been the MOST GENIUS dude ever!  While being almost totally deaf, he composed music.

I sit here, and if I close my left eye, and with my reading glasses on, my right eye sees the computer screen in a heavy fog, not able to read text.  I wonder in blurry melancholy, will my right eye return to health?  I wonder…is this the medications causing the smear of color across the computer screen?

I wonder, what good is a photographer who cannot see clearly, or who cannot tell if an image is in good focus?

Yeah…I guess I am a bit down in the dumps for now.

Worse yet is that I feel tinges of pain in the left eye, a little at least.  Having iritis in two eyes at the same time is like bloody-intolerable.

Pity-Party…perhaps.

I just have to remember Epicurus’s words, especially when things seem at their worst.

Believe it or not, I have, during this storm-of-fog, composed some photographs, and have finished one abstract expressionism painting.  I am not totally sure what the finer details look like in either art-form, because I cannot see the finer details at the moment…that will have to wait.

I am hoping for a full recovery, and that my eyesight is returned to what it was (at least) prior to this hell-storm-case of iritis.

I wish I could spend more time on the computer so I can catch up with my friends’ blogs here at WP:  That will have to wait too.