Month: May 2017

7 top tips for photographing stage performances at a Heavy Metal Music Festival indoors



INTRODUCTION:

This isn’t a dance photography post, it is a music performance post. Nevertheless, music performance photography and dance photography share the same techniques so it is appropriate to post this photography here, although, probably unanticipated.

THE EVENT: INDIEPG 2017 MAKE IT LOUDER TURN IT ON

On the 20th of May I attended a heavy metal music festival here in Penang: INDIEPG 2017 MAKE IT LOUDER TURN IT ON. This event showcased some of the better heavy metal bands from Penang, and a few from other places here in Malaysia. There was also a Punk band there, Bombräd: reminded me of my Dead Kennedy’s and Sex Pistol listening days. This festival was actually a two-day festival, but I only went one day, and it’s probably good that I did, considering my Ménière’s disease, and how loud-sounds affects my hearing, and in fact, my whole head.


DON’T FORGET HEARING PROTECTION:

Unwisely, I went into the stage area, where the bands were playing, and I was not using hearing protection— that was a big mistake! Concerts in general are very loud, but heavy metal concerts are even louder than you may think. After testing the audible-waters, so to speak, and discovering that it was way too loud for my ears, I quickly got out my ear plugs and put them in, and that quieted down the sound to a tolerable level.

With my ear protection in place, it was time to start taking photographs, and when it comes to stage photography of any kind, I always fight my way to the front to get the photographs that I want.

IT’S EASY TO GET CRAP-PHOTOS IN STAGE PHOTOGRAPHY:

Of course, it is easy to photograph stage photography if you want to get crap photos! That is really easy to do, and here is how: you need to hire someone who’s never done stage photography, EASY, and then, see the results.


IF YOU WANT GOOD STAGE PHOTOGRAPHY HIRE SOMEONE WHO IS EXPERIENCED AT STAGE PHOTOGRAPHY:

Stage photography is a technical type of photography that is only improved upon, and mastered by, trial and error, and also executed by an experienced stage photographist who has good intuition and perfect timing. Your goal is knowing when to hit the shutter button to get good emotional shots, with exciting reactions and postures, of the dancers, singers, musicians, and actors up on stage. Another necessary goal is that you need to be able to capture photographs of these subjects, in combination with quality and colourful stage lighting. Another consideration, and which is also highly recommended, is to get many shots with “pretty good and acceptable focus”.



SUFFICIENT AVAILABLE LIGHTING IS NOT ON DEMAND—A SAD TRUTH FOR STAGE PHOTOGRAPHERS:

Having sufficient AVAILABLE Lighting—that’s also not very easy in many stage performances. If the lighting technician has not properly executed the plans & preparations for creating enough available stage lighting during the performances, a whole new set of problems presents themselves to the photographer.

THE TWO BIGGEST ENEMIES TO A STAGE PHOTOGRAPHER:

Lack-of-light problems and access are the two biggest enemies to a stage photographer. In the most basic terms, you can’t photograph what you can’t see! You also can’t photograph what you don’t have access to. For example, your magazine editor says, “We need high-powered closeups of the singer! Do It!” You get to the show and the organizer has decided that ALL press will be situated in the cheap-seats, far away from the stage. You are screwed! No access.


YOU HAVE NO CONTROL OVER STAGE LIGHTING!

You have no control over stage lighting and you better understand that fact before you go try to photograph a stage performance. HOWEVER, I suppose we can consider this possibility; perchance, you have the latest and greatest camera with ISO technical advanced systems, where you can set the controls up to ISO32,000, and get great photographs from very minimal light. With great new gear like that, you can get results without much digital noise in your photographs, then you have nothing to worry about! You can photograph in near darkness! That may be the case, but you’ll still get boring monochromized-colour photographs that have NO stage-character because the beautiful, exciting, and colourful stage lighting does not exist in your photographs. Therefore, you can have the latest camera technology, that can shoot in near darkness, and you will still get crap-photos because the character of your photographs does not include the colourful stage lighting.

Sometimes, the lack of proper stage lighting is due to a request by the performers because they want the performance more moody and dark. Dark and moody lighting may be good for the effect the performers want to express, but that is not favorable for a stage photographer. In fact, it is very bad for a stage photographer, for whose quest it is, to capture images that are acceptable, which definitely needs good, colourful, stage lighting. If it’s not the performers who demanded dark lighting, then you can blame it on the lighting technician. If the lighting technician did not do the lighting well, then the photographer still suffers.



TELL A STAGE PERFORMANCE STORY WITH YOUR PHOTOGRAPHY:

You may be thinking, “This is only a concert that you are photographing—people perform—photographers take photographs—there’s nothing more to it.” Contrary to that belief, and in my opinion as a photographer, I feel I am responsible for telling the story from the beginning to the ending, and that is what I try to do—stage photography is more than just taking performance shots! Stage Photography is about telling a story.

To create a story out of a stage performance photography assignment, I attempt to take introduction photographs of the show, ones that introduce the place, the environment, or the people involved in the event. The same goals apply for photographing the end of the event, where I like to take photographs that show the backstage, which includes still life photography of things that are involved in the event, and perhaps, candid portraits of people after the event. Like any story I tell as a photographer, I need to have a beginning, a middle, and an ending, and that’s just the way I prefer to tell a photographic story.



THE SEVEN MAIN TIPS TO GOOD STAGE PHOTOGRAPHY:

The seven main things I think you need to get in good stage photography are the following storytelling types of images. This list also includes things you MUST KNOW to create good stage photography.

1) Look for and Photograph Introductory Shots: Introductory images are those that show the place, and people, and action going on before the event…get these if possible.

2) It is ESSENTIAL TO CAPTURE Action, or Reaction, photographs of the main subjects that you are photographing.

3) Your Stage Photographs MUST HAVE exciting stage lighting. If the stage lighting is minimal, then, I’m not afraid to use flash, if necessary, to capture some action.  We NEED COLOURFUL Stage Lighting in our photographs, but we don’t always get what we need.  However, keep this in mind, the WORST thing to do is get NOTHING! And, if you are being paid to photograph a stage production, the next WORST thing is to get mostly crap-photos.

4) YOU MUST KNOW YOUR CAMERA, LENSES, AND THEIR SETTINGS, and KNOW THEM INSIDE-AND-OUT, and be able to change the settings on-the-fly, and according to what you see on stage with the action, and the ever-changing stage lighting, and do all of this in near darkness! In addition to that, you need to make all of your camera, and, your position changes while getting knocked around, or slammed into, by people who are going crazy or taking part in the chaos and “violence” of the mosh pit.

5) Look for good “Ending” photographs to conclude your story. Go backstage (if possible) and get some still life and candid portraits.

6) If you have any sort of health situations, like I do, with Ménière’s disease and a couple of very painful types of arthritic diseases, then prepare for your personal “complications” beforehand.  You need to survive the event the best you can so you can concentrate on getting good photography.

7) NEVER take your eye away from the viewfinder—the second you do, that’s when the BEST ACTION WITH BEST LIGHTING happens, and you will miss it!


OUTRO:

That’s about all I want to say at this point about stage photography. I went to this event on my own, with no client, because I just wanted to have a good time taking photographs of music stage performances that I enjoy, and to experience being in an exciting crowd. Hopefully, I came away with creating interesting stage performance photographs.

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The Photography from the INDIEPG MAKE IT LOUDER TURN IT ON Heavy Metal Music Festival:

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BLACK & WHITE DREAM-HELL IN ICE REFLECTIONS

Title: BLACK & WHITE DREAM-HELL IN ICE REFLECTIONS.

Creation Date:  17 May 2017.

Series:  Black and White Fire Abstracts.

Series Year:  2017.
Copyright 2017 Nawfal Johnson

All Rights Reserved.

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In their final form, the shapes seem to be created from ethereal smoke, but no, it is actually fire.  This was a process of discovery more than anything else.  The first of these images was created from many iterations of editing and using various techniques.  Normally, I would either photograph fire, or smoke, but this is the first time I have designed images of fire that appear as swirling smoke.

☆ Dream-Hell!  

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My 16th Generation Great Grandfather Sir Edward Fitton of Gawsworth by way of My Brereton and Lambertson Family Roots

This section is a recap of my Lambertson and Brereton family history, and then, I cover the extension of my genealogical history, going out along my FITTON Family branch.

My Brereton Family in the ‘New World’
My family (on my father’s mother’s side) have been in the United States since the early 1600’s.

My Great Ancestral Grandfather, William Brereton (b. 1648 – Cheshire, England), emigrated from England, to the ‘New World’ along with his brother, Thomas, and they settled in Maryland. There are many records in Somerset County, Maryland, about my Great Ancestral Grandfather:

“Brereton is found often in the records as a party in various transactions, and appears as one of “his Lordship’s Justices of the Peace” for Somerset in the commission of June 1676. He continued as a member of the court to the year 1690, being of “the quorum” of the court from 1687. In 1689 he was one of the coroners for Somerset Co. [Appendix IV on p. 393: 1689-1690-William Brereton (Somerset Court, Judicials, Liber EFG, 1689-90, p. 19; and Judicials, 1690-1, p. 12)].”

And also,
“William Brereton was sworn in as high Sheriff of Somerset County in place of William Whittington, on 5 November 1689 — so presumably he was living in the county, and not across the bay.” [MSA Volume 106, Somerset County Judicial Records, 1689-1690, p.7]
William Brereton (b. 1648), was married to Sarah Smith , who was the daughter of Colonel Samuel Smith: Colonel Smith piloted ships back and forth from England to America, bringing new immigrants to the New World.

“WILLIAM BRERETON; William Brereton belonged to a family of distinction in Northumberland Co., VA, whence he came to Somerset Co. MD c1672. Brereton settled on a plantation in the folk of Wicomico & Passadike Creeks in Somerset Co. which contained some 500 acres of the tract called “Smith’s Adventure.” The patent for “Smith’s Adventure” (containing in the whole 1000 acres) was granted in June 1667 to Col. Samuel Smith, of Little Wiccocomoco, Northumberland Co., VA, and a “full half” thereof deeded by the said Smith on June 8, 1672, “for and in respect of the love and affection which I beare to my son in law William Brereton, of Wiccomoco, afsd., and Sarah, his now wife,…to the said William Brereton and Sarah, his wife, and the heirs of the said Sarah, forever (Somerset Court, Deed Liber O3, p. 116. In May 1676, Samuel Smith conveyed to “My son in law Peter Presley, Junior, of Northumberland Co., Va., the remaining 500 acres of “Smith’s Adventure” tract-Deed Liber O5, p. 25-9).”

I do not have all the records I need or want, on my known Brereton Grandfathers, but there is hope that I will find more as time and research continues.
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My Brereton Family Tree (The Main Branches):
I am a 7-Times Great Grandson of William Brereton (b. 1648, Brereton, Cheshire, England – d. 1690, Somerset County, Maryland) and Sarah Smith (b. 1653 – d. 1698, who was the daughter of Colonel Samuel Smith (b. 1625), husband of Hannah Smith [b. 1630]).

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Here is my Fitton, Lambertson, and Brereton Family Tree – Main Branches that Connect, and going back 16 Generations.

(Gen 16) EDWARD FITTON (B. 1500 –  D. 1548 [or 1553])

[Edward was the High Sheriff of Cheshire, in 1544.]

+ MARY HARBOTTLE (B. 1507 – D. 1556)

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(Gen 15) SIR EDWARD FITTON (THE ELDER) OF GAWSWORTH

(B. 31 March 1527 in Gawsworth, Cheshire, England – D. 3 July 1579, in Dublin, Ireland.  Sir Edward The Elder was the Treasurer of Ireland and President of Connaught. Fitton was the eldest son of Sir Edward Fitton of Gawsworth (d.1548) and Mary Harbottle.  He was Knighted by Sir Henry Sidney in 1566).

+ ANNE LADY OF WARBURTON

(B. 1 May 1527 in Warburton, Arley, Cheshire, England – D. 9 January 1573, Leinster, Dublin, Ireland.  Anne was the second daughter of Sir Peter Warburton, of Areley in the county of Chester).
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(Gen 14)  SIR EDWARD FITTON OF GAWSWORTH 

(B. 1550 (another source says B. 1548) in Macclesfield, Cheshire, England – D. 3 March 1606 in Gawsworth, Cheshire, England).

+ LADY ALICE CHESHIRE HOLCROFT 

(B. 1554 – D. 1626).

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(Gen 13) SIR EDWARD FITTON [The Swordbearer]

(B. 1572 – D. 1619:  “The Fitton Baronetcy, of Gawsworth in the County of Chester, was a title in the Baronetage of England. It was created on 2 October 1617 by King James I for Edward Fitton, of Gawsworth Hall, Gawsworth, Cheshire. The Fitton family were settled in Gawsworth from about the 13th century. The first Baronet’s ancestors included Sir Edward Fitton (1500–1553), High Sheriff of Cheshire in 1544, and Sir Edward Fitton (1527–1579), Treasurer of Ireland and President of Connaught. His father, Sir Edward Fitton (1548–1606), was an unsuccessful colonist of Munster. His sister Mary Fitton was Maid of Honour to Queen Elizabeth I.”  (Source: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fitton_baronets )).

[MARY FITTON, B. 1578, my Great Ancestral Aunt, had a possible Shakespearean connection:  “The relationship with Herbert is the basis for the claim that Fitton was the “dark lady” of Shakespeare’s sonnets. Herbert is one of the main candidates for the identity of the Fair Youth, a character who betrays the poet by having an affair with the Dark Lady, hence the claim that Fitton might be the lady. The suggestion was first made by Thomas Tyler in his 1890 edition of the sonnets. It was taken up by Frank Harris in several books, including The Women in Shakespeare and Shakespeare and his Love. His influential biography The Man Shakespeare asserted that Fitton had ruined Shakespeare’s life and that he died “broken hearted for love of the Dark Lady.”  (Source:  https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mary_Fitton )

+ ANNE BARRATT 

(B. 1571 – D. 1644).

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(Gen 12) ANNE FITTON

(B. 1598 – D. 1663)

+ JOHN BRERETON 

(B. 1591 – D. 1629)

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(Gen 11) WILLIAM BRERETON

(B. 1610 – D. 1664).

+ ELIZABETH GORING

(B. 1615 – D. 1688).

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(Gen 10) WILLIAM BRERETON (1648 – 1690)

+SARAH BRERETON [SMITH] (1653 – 1698)

[Daughter of Colonel Samuel Smith (b.1625)]

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(Gen 9) WILLIAM BRERETON (1673 – 1753)

+DIANA BRERETON [DIXON] (d. 1755)

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(Gen 8) WILLIAM BREWINGTON (1719 – 1796)

+NANCY BREWINGTON [PARSONS] (no specific dates yet) (Note: There are many spelling variations of BRERETON in Historical Documents. This was the time of high-tension between the British loyal to the Crown, and colonists fighting for freedom.  Changing the surname from “Brereton” to “Brewington” was most likely a strategic move for safety’s sake as the name “Brereton” was well known in service to royalty of England, for over 500-years, as Knights and Barons of the Kings.)

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(Gen 7) WILLIAM BREWINGTON (b. 1765)

+SARAH (SALLIE) BREWINGTON [VANCE] (d. c.1826)

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(Gen 6) PRISCILLA JANE LAMBERTSON [BREWINGTON] (b. c.1790 – d. 9 Dec 1851)

+JOHN W. LAMBERTSON (b. 4 Oct 1789 – d. 16 Aug 1865) (Note: My Lambertson family had been in The New World since before 1630.  They first landed in Accomack County, VA. Shortly then, my ancestral Great Grandfather Lambertson moved to Snow Hill, Maryland. It was the Lambertson side of my family that joined with the Brereton (Brewington) Clan.

The early Lambertson’s spelled their names without the “T” . About 1790, Levi Lambertson (1751-1794) started using the “T”. His son John W. Lambertson & Thomas Lambertson (1790-1891) continued the practice. Some of the Samuel Lamberson (1746 -1806) family in MD use the “T” and some of this same family living in Indiana spelled the name without the”T”.

    It was John W. Lambertson, Married to Priscilla Jane Lambertson [Brewington] that joined the Lambertson and Brewington (Brereton) Family lines.

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☆  A Lambertson Grandfather of particular interest is LEVI LAMBERTSON:

Name: Levi M. LAMBERTSON

Sex: M

Birth: 1751 in Snow Hill, Worcester Co., MD

Death: 1794 in Snow Hill, Worcester Co., MD

Levi M. LAMBERTSON; b: 1751, d: 1794, son of Samuel (1708-1766) & Elizabeth (Betty) Watson Smith.

Levi married Rebecca Parker (b. c.a. 1748) , together they had 3 children: John W. Lambertson, Thomas & Sarah.

Levi served in the Maryland State Militia during the American Revolutionary War. Revolutionary War as a Soldier Roll: #7 in the third classion Capt. Benjamin Dennis’s Company of their Wicomico Battalion, Worcester County, Maryland Militia.

 

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(Gen 5) SAMUEL LAMBERTSON (b. 22 Dec 1828 – d. 1 Jan 1921)

+MARY M. LAMBERTSON [SHADE] (b. 18 Feb 1834 – d. 29 Apr 1909),

[Andreas SHADE,  B. (c.) 1725 in Germany.  D. 1786-09-03, Berks Co., PA.  He was the Great Grandfather of Mary M. Shade, and he was also an American Revolution veteran — DAR ANCESTOR #:A102519. ]

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(Gen 4) WILLIAM MONROE LAMBERTSON (b. 14 Mar 1864 – d. 31 Mar 1948)

+ADA GRACE LAMBERTSON [GOODMAN] (b. 14 Jun 1870 – d. 1 Jun 1950)

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(Gen 3) BERTHA GRACE JOHNSON [LAMBERTSON] (b. 8 Mar 1898 – d. 23 Jun 1981)

+JOHN ADOLPH CHRISTIAN JOHANNESON (b. 3 Aug 1885 – d. 3 Jul 1963)

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(Gen 2) Merlin Roy Johnson (b. 14 May 1938)

+Connie Rae Johnson [Yonkey] (b. 22 Oct 1941)

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(Gen 1) AHMAD Nawfal JOHNSON NUR BIN ABDULLAH (b. 1965)

+RASHIDAH ZACHARIAH (b. 1963)

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That’s all for now.  Of course, errors in any data above, is possible.  I find most of my genealogical history data from the Internet, and from historical records and research from other genealogy enthusiasts.  I’m just attempting to connect family history dots!  If you happen to comment on this post with corrections, please bring your evidence to prove otherwise.  I don’t claim to have all my genealogical history absolutely correct, but I attempt to be careful using data that is available to me.

SIMYAEL, a Fire Portrait by Nawfal Johnson 

Title : SIMYAEL.

Creation Date:  16 May 2017

“Fire Portraits” Series.

Year:  2017.

Influence:  “To Reign in Hell” novel by Steven Brust.

Art Photographs:  Photography of fire shaped into Portrait-like imagery, of the characters, angels, in “To Reign in Hell”, written by Steven Brust.
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Note  1:  After doing the first art photo, I said to myself, “I’m seeing some faces from Brust’s novel in this image, and I need to investigate, and work this out further to see what develops.”  Note 2:  One very interesting aspect of Brust’s story is that all of the angels were essentially good until a conflict and deception arose among the angels.  On top of that, the three “evil” angels in the story ( evil according to many ‘modernised’ views…modern being several thousand years for Satan/Lucifer/Devil, and hundreds for Mephisto ) — Satan and Lucifer are the same entity,  and Mephistopheles is the name invented for the historical Johann Georg Faust (c. 1480–c. 1540), and in demonology, Mephistopheles was “one of the seven chief devils and the tempter of Faust”.  Nevertheless, in Brust’s story, Satan and Lucifer are “First-Borns”, and Mephistopheles is an archangel, not devils or demons. Note 3:  My Brust angels are a contradiction because they are made of fire.  Angels of fire, I think is a contradiction.  

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Note 4:  “Simyael, ‘the demon in charge of blindness’ mentioned in Mandean works (Ginzā, trans. M. Lidzbarski (1925), 200, and The Canonical Prayer Book of the Mandaeans, ed. E.S. Drower (1959), 246), is simply a variant of Samael.”  (Source:  https://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/samael )  In addition, “the forms Samael and Sammuel date from antiquity. This third version is preserved in the Greek Apocalypse of Baruch 4:9 (from the tannaitic period), which states that the angel Sammuel planted the vine that caused the fall of Adam, and therefore Sammuel was cursed and became *Satan. The same source relates in chapter 9, in an ancient version of the legend of the shrinking of the moon, that Samael took the form of a snake in order to tempt Adam, an idea which was omitted in later talmudic versions of the legend.”  (Source:  https://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/samael ) 

Thus, the original names of Satan, according to early Jewish and Greek sources, included, Samael, Sammuel, SIMYAEL, and other forms.

The fiery eyes of this fire portrait speaks clearly that this being could be the god of blindness.

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Rakshasa Edit B, FIRE PORTRAITS Series by Nawfal Johnson 

Title:  “RAKSHASA, EDIT B”.

Creation Date: 15 May 17.

“Fire Portraits” Series.

Year:  2017.

Influence:  “To Reign in Hell” novel by Steven Brust.

Art Photographs:  Photography of fire shaped into Portrait-like imagery, of the characters, angels, in “To Reign in Hell”, written by Steven Brust.
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Note  1:  After doing the first art photo, I said to myself, “I’m seeing some faces from Brust’s novel in this image, and I need to investigate, and work this out further to see what develops.”  Note 2:  One very interesting aspect of Brust’s story is that all of the angels were essentially good until a conflict and deception arose among the angels.  On top of that, the three “evil” angels in the story ( evil according to many ‘modernised’ views…modern being several thousand years for Satan/Lucifer/Devil, and hundreds for Mephisto ) — Satan and Lucifer are the same entity,  and Mephistopheles is the name invented for the historical Johann Georg Faust (c. 1480–c. 1540), and in demonology, Mephistopheles was “one of the seven chief devils and the tempter of Faust”.  Nevertheless, in Brust’s story, Satan and Lucifer are “First-Borns”, and Mephistopheles is an archangel, not devils or demons. Note 3:  My Brust angels are a contradiction because they are made of fire.  Angels of fire, I think is a contradiction.  
☆  Note 4:  “Rakshasas were believed to have been created from the breath of Brahma when he was asleep at the end of the Satya Yuga. As soon as they were created, they were so filled with bloodlust that they started eating Brahma himself. Brahma shouted “Rakshama!” (Sanskrit for “protect me!”) and Vishnu came to his aid, banishing to Earth all Rakshasas (named after Brahma’s cry for help).
Their literary origins can be traced to Vedic sources through Hymn 87 of the tenth mandala of the Rig Veda. They are classified amongst the Yatudhanas, mythological beings that consume raw flesh.” (Source:  https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rakshasa )

Rakshasa is not mentioned in the Brust story, but I have both, beings from the story, and beings not from the story in my photo series.  

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Abstract Light Streaks #347

Title:  Abstract Light Streaks #347.

Creation Date: 18 January 2017.

“ABSTRACT LIGHT STREAKS” SERIES.

Series Years:  2015 – 2017.

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SERIES DESCRIPTION:

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. 

LOCATION:

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.” 

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Copyright 2017 Nawfal Johnson.

All Rights Reserved.

Penang, Malaysia.

NO UNAUTHORIZED USE!
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Ankylosing Spondylitis Information & the MOVE WITH AS Charity Run Event that took place on 7 May 2017 in Kuala Lumpur

ALL Photos Copyright 2017 Nawfal Johnson ~All Rights Reserved.

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Ankylosing Spondylitis

“What is ankylosing spondylitis?
Ankylosing spondylitis (AS) is a type of arthritis that affects the spine. Ankylosing means stiff or rigid, spondyl means spine, and itis refers to inflammation. The disease causes inflammation of the spine and large joints, resulting in stiffness and pain. The disease may result in erosion at the joint between the spine and the hip bone. This is called the sacroiliac joint. It may also cause bony bridges to form between vertebrae in the spine, fusing those bones. Bones in the chest may also fuse.

What causes ankylosing spondylitis?
The cause of AS is not known, but researchers think that genes play a role. A gene called HLA-B27 happens in over 95% of Caucasian Americans who have AS, but only 50% of African Americans who have the disease. However, some people with the HLA-B27 gene do not have AS.

Who is at risk for ankylosing spondylitis?
AS is more common among people ages 17 to 35. It can happen in children and older adults as well. The disease affects more young men than women. It tends to run in families.

What are the symptoms of ankylosing spondylitis?
Symptoms of AS tend to go away and come back over periods of time. Symptoms can occur a bit differently in each person. The symptoms may include:

    Back pain, usually most severe at night during rest

    Early morning stiffness

    Stooped posture in response to back pain (bending forward tends to relieve the pain)

    Straight and stiff spine

    Inability to take a deep breath, if the joints between the ribs and spine are affected

    Appetite loss

    Weight loss

    Fatigue

    Fever

    Anemia

    Joint pain

    Mild [to Severe] eye inflammation [Iritis or other eye inflammation diseases]

    Organ damage, such as to the heart, lungs, and eyes

    Skin rashes

    Gastrointestinal illness (such as Crohn’s or ulcerative colitis)
The symptoms of ankylosing spondylitis can be like other health conditions. Make sure to see your healthcare provider for a diagnosis.

How is ankylosing spondylitis diagnosed?
The process starts with a medical history and a physical exam. Tests may also be done, such as:

   X-ray. This test uses a small amount of radiation to create images of internal tissues, bones, and organs onto film.

    Erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR or sed rate). This test looks at how quickly red blood cells fall to the bottom of a test tube. When swelling and inflammation are present, the blood’s proteins clump together and become heavier than normal. They fall and settle faster at the bottom of the test tube. The faster the blood cells fall, the more severe the inflammation. Up to 70% of people with AS have a high ESR.

    Genetic testing. Genetic testing is done to find if a person carries a copy of an altered gene for a disease. The gene HLA-B27 is found in over 95% of people with AS.”

(Sources:  http://www.baylorhealth.com/specialtiesservices/orthopaedics/conditionstreated/pages/default.aspx )

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My friend, Nadira, and one of my art photograph creations, called PELVIS V2, EDIT C.

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The MOVE WITH AS Charity Run Event took place about one week ago, and it went very well.  I think about RM55,000 was raised from the charity run, which will help some AS patients receive the medical treatment they need.  The Charity Run was organized by NOVARTIS Corporation Malaysia and the Arthritis Foundation Malaysia.
It was quite satisfying to a part of this event.  I also had my photo exhibition, of “My Life with Ankylosing Spondylitis”, at the EVOLVE CONCEPT MALL, PJ—the event venue.

Overall, it was a successful event, but of course, some improvements can be made for next time—like, for instance, giving the AS Patients who took part, a more visible roll, so people can actually get the AS information and life experiences from AS owners.  That is the biggest improvement needed for this (kind of) event for AS AWARENESS.

WOLF-RAM AND HEART FIRE PORTRAIT BY NAWFAL JOHNSON 

Inspiration :  Steven Brust’s “To Reign in Hell”.

The TV show , “ANGEL”, WOLFRAM AND HEART (HART) is the evil corporate entity that has a direct line of communication with Hell , and all of evil.

What should you feel?  I don’t know, whatever you want…I’m not some pretentious BASTARD artist who dictates what the observer should feel.  Feel free to have your own opinions, emotions, and feelings, and when you see an artwork, don’t let the artist tell you how you should be feeling—If you have a connection with an artwork, you will know it, and then you can express it your own way.  

Why this medium and subject?  Because I’m a photographist and I love fire as a subject.
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