ABSTRACT LIGHT STREAKS #143 Seeing rather than simply Looking at Subjects is VERY IMPORTANT for your Photography


Creation Date: 28 April 2016.
Series Years:  2015 – 2016.


“Pictures, regardless of how they are created and recreated, are intended to be looked at. This brings to the forefront not the technology of imaging, which of course is important, but rather what we might call the eyenology (seeing).” – Henri Cartier-Bresson

If you want to improve your photography, you need to train yourself to SEE subjects very deeply and in detail!  There is a difference between “Looking at” something, and “Seeing” a subject.

Snap-shooters look at things at their surface, and often take snapshots without any discrimination or consideration.  In other words, there is rarely any consideration for creating photographs as art or struggling to reach artistic perfection.

● Photographers first look at the surface of a subject and consider many artistic considerations: one of the first considerations should be if the subject is interesting or boring.  If it is truly boring to you, then move on.  If it is boring to you, then it is likely going to be boring to others also.  If the subject is interesting to you, then you should see deeper into the details of the subject, which will be helpful for you to plan how to photograph the subject, and also, how to solve photographic problems.

It is a Photographers job to solve imaging problems for yourself, and for other people if you are hired to photograph something.  There are ALWAYS PROBLEMS to solve when taking photographs and it is a Photographer’s task to solve these problems.  This is where SEEING DEEPLY INTO A SUBJECT is an infinitely worthy skill to acquire.  

If you SEE the details of a subject, you can nearly visualize in your mind’s eye what the final photograph will look like, or, you will attempt to design the final photograph to how you dreamt it to look like in your mind, and that is very possible using the very advanced photo-editing software that exists today.  However, it is BEST to get the photograph as perfect as possible right in the camera, and this is where the excellence of mastering the craft of Photography is important.

There is no substitution for practice!
There is no substitution for obsession with photography!
There is no substitution for learning your equipment forward and backward, no matter what you have!
There is no substitution for making “Seeing” a habit and a natural skill!

This is a collection of nighttime, time-exposure, light streak photography.  There is something about nighttime photography that I really like:  it allows me to make light fluid and I can make it twist and turn however I wish to get the effect I want.  There are some happy accidents too with this kind of photography. 

All of these photographs were created in Penang, Malaysia.

Photography Genre:
  I would classify this as something I call, “Active (or Fluid-Light) Abstract Expressionism Photography.” 

Copyright 2016 Nawfal Johnson.
All Rights Reserved.
Penang, Malaysia.


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