Month: September 2017

Light Streaks Abstract — Ganesha

Title:  “Light Streaks Abstract — Ganesha.”

Copyright 2017 Nawfal Johnson .

All Rights Reserved.

Description of Ganesha from Wikipedia:

“Ganesha (/ɡəˈneɪʃə/; Sanskrit: गणेश, Gaṇeśa; About this sound listen ), also known as Ganapati, Vinayaka and Binayak, is one of the best-known and most worshiped deities in the Hindu pantheon. His image is found throughout India, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Nepal. Hindu sects worship him regardless of affiliations. Devotion to Ganesha is widely diffused and extends to Jains and Buddhists.”

“Attired in an orange dhoti, an elephant-headed man sits on a large lotus. His body is red in colour and he wears various golden necklaces and bracelets and a snake around his neck. On the three points of her crown, budding lotuses have been fixed. He holds in his two right hands the rosary (lower hand) and a cup filled with three modakas (round yellow sweets), a fourth modaka held by the curving trunk is just about to be tasted. In his two left hands, he holds a lotus above and an axe below, with its handle leaning against his shoulder on the right side.”

My Note:  Cloaked in Orange, you can see the Elephant ears, eyes, long trunk, but wide body, sitting cross-legged on a lotus, but all created with light streaks.

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Photography for a Challenge and Just for Fun

If I were going to do photography for the challenges that are associated within the traditional craft, and also, just to do it for the fun of it, I would forget about digital, and go back to using my Kodak Brownie Box Camera, which uses medium format, 120 Film.  The main technical problem with that was that it produces negatives—very long negatives!  No one here in Penang could print for me photos from my negatives because they were not a standard size negative—the box camera produced really wide, panorama-style negatives.  The solution:  I had to scan my negatives using a flatbed scanner (when I had one long ago), which produced digital negative files.  After that, I took the digital negative files into a file editing software and used the “Invert” image command to produce a positive digital image file.  This was a lengthy process, but the results were always interesting.  Anyway, if I photographed just for the fun of it, and if there was still 120 film available, and if I still had a flatbed scanner, and if I wanted to spend a lot of money on film and processing, then I would just create photographs with my Kodak Brownie Box Camera.  

The LIGHT STREAKS IN ORDERED CHAOS — Vol. 1. A Folio Photography Collection by Nawfal Johnson Nur

The LIGHT STREAKS IN ORDERED CHAOS — Vol. 1. A Folio Photography Collection, is a fine art series of 24 photographs, in a hard cover book by Nawfal Johnson Nur.

Nawfal created the images in this folio, in May 2016. These 24 images are part of a larger collection of art photographs—the ABSTRACT LIGHT STREAKS, which has more than 350 photographs (as of September 2017).

Nawfal began the ABSTRACT LIGHT STREAKS collection in 2015, and images are designed for it regularly. This is “Vol. 1.”, and because he has so many of these art photographs in the collection, the magnitude of this work will likely push him to create further folio publications of this collection. This folio photography collection is a book of light streaks photography, a style of abstract photography Nawfal calls “Fluid Lights Photography” (he also refers to it as “Active Lights Photography”). As the title of this work suggests, the light streaks appear as almost a never-ending swirl of chaos, but when seen thoughtfully, the streaks are actually quite orderly.

The book Sale’s Page Link:

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LIGHT STREAKS IN ORDERED CHAOS VOL1

ALIEN LANDSCAPES FINE ART PHOTOGRAPHY SCIENCE FICTION BOOK BY NAWFAL JOHNSON NUR

ALIEN LANDSCAPES SCIENCE FICTION ART PHOTOGRAPHY BOOK BY NAWFAL JOHNSON NUR.

A 28 pages fine art photography hard cover book of Nawfal’s Science Fiction art photographs.  These are images of what the artist sees other worlds may look like, or, could look like.  The images are a combination of sculpting miniatures, paintings, drawings, and photo-manipulations all combined into finished art pieces.

The Sale’s Page Link for this Art Photography Book:

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PENANG TREES ABSTRACT EXPRESSIONISM FINE ART PHOTOGRAPHY EBOOK BY NAWFAL JOHNSON NUR

“Penang Trees – an Abstract Expressionistic Photography Point of View,” by Nawfal Johnson Nur, is a collection of 18 fine art Abstract Expressionism photographs.

This series shows “what else” the trees are – their symbolic meanings based on physical characteristics, which in a larger sense, inspired this project. Nawfal photographed the trees from the viewpoint of a subjective observer wishing to record and design images that exhibit the grand characteristics of trees with their wild and twisting branches and beautiful glowing hues. However, those qualities were just the beginning points to base this series on: Nawfal used those visual cues to design images that more appropriately exemplified his feelings while capturing the photographs. The qualities of having “abundance” and “hope”, are traits that Nawfal believes trees naturally have, and generously give to humankind. This is what Nawfal wanted to show in these abstract images.

The eBook Sale’s Page Link:

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PENANG TREES

BENDING SPACE FINE ART PHOTOGRAPHY ABSTRACT EXPRESSIONISM EBOOK BY NAWFAL JOHNSON NUR

BENDING SPACE is an Abstract Expressionistic, Fine Art Photographic view of the idea of “bending space” — as in the events that happen near a black hole, around the Event Horizon.

This is a 25 pages eBook of fine art photography by Nawfal Johnson Nur.

BENDING SPACE

Here is the Sale’s Page Link:

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Description: BENDING SPACE is a collection of 15 Abstract Expressionistic Photographs, which illustrate the idea of bending space. Nawfal pondered what colors and space itself, may look like near a black hole – around the Event Horizon. He also created a photograph (No. 4 in this series) that shows the minuscule ‘bouncy’ strings that represents String Theory. Nawfal Johnson Nur took inspiration from the Cosmological theories that try to explain the very nature of the expansion of space, and used these ideas to design the photography series, BENDING SPACE.
Publisher: Nawfal Johnson Nur
Copyright Year: © 2012
Language: English

CRACKED, CHIPPED, and ROUGH, is an abstract look at a very mundane subject—old, cracked, chipped, and peeled paint on walls eBook by Nawfal Johnson Nur

CRACKED, CHIPPED, and ROUGH, is an abstract look at a very mundane subject—old, cracked, chipped, and peeled paint on walls.

What is revealed in this abstract photography collection are the macro-details of old painted surfaces. In my eyes, the joy of this type of macro photography is looking at, and seeing, the fine details of cracks in old paint; wondering how the curled ends of paint have lost its adhesive qualities; and, creating the pictorial illusion of texture in the two dimensional image. This may sound weird, but when someone looks at my cracked paint images, I want the rough textures of the paint, and the wall, to reach out and scratch your eyes! Not in a violent sort of way, but I want you so say, “Wow, I can feel the roughness of this scene when I see these images.” The primary effect I wanted to show with these photographs is the illusion of three-dimensional space. CRACKED, CHIPPED, and ROUGH is a collection of 15 black & white, and color images, in 22 pages.

Sale’s Page Link and Screenshot of Cover Artwork of this eBook:

http://www.lulu.com/shop/nawfal-johnson-nur/cracked-chipped-and-rough/ebook/product-20712962.html#

CRACKED CHIPPED AND ROUGH

CLOUDS COLLECTION TWO a fine art Photography eBook by Nawfal Johnson Nur

CLOUDS – COLLECTION TWO is a photography series by Photographer, Nawfal Johnson Nur, showcasing cloud formations of extreme forms and interesting shades of gray.  This eBook is 23 pages.

The CLOUDS – COLLECTION TWO series includes 15 photographs that were created between December 2011 and January series includes 15 photographs that were created between December 2011 and January 2012. All of the photographs were taken from Penang Island, Malaysia. Nawfal says that when he looks up to the sky, he wants to see clouds—of course—but behind and through the clouds, he wants to see intense rays of sunshine, and he wants to capture the fringe of the clouds on fire, which is caused by the powerful light of the midday sun blasting the clouds from the background. That is the visual magic of this collection of cloudscapes.

Here is the Sales Page Link, and Screenshot of the Sales Page showing the cover artwork for the eBook:

http://www.lulu.com/shop/nawfal-johnson-nur/clouds-collection-two/ebook/product-20712964.html

CLOUDS COLLECTION TWO

CLOUDS COLLECTION ONE BY NAWFAL JOHNSON NUR A FINE ART EBOOK AT LULU DOT COM

CLOUDS COLLECTION ONE is my first collection of fine art, Black & White Clouds photography, of 20 pages in eBook format.

Here is the link and screenshot of the sales page for purchasing CLOUDS: COLLECTION ONE, by Nawfal Johnson Nur:

http://www.lulu.com/shop/nawfal-johnson-nur/clouds-collection-one/ebook/product-20712965.html#

CLOUDS COLLECTION ONE

ETHEREAL DREAMS AND HOPE BOOK BY NAWFAL JOHNSON NUR, ABOUT MY LIFE WITH ANKYLOSING SPONDYLITIS AND AN EXHIBITION OF MY SMOKE ART PHOTOGRAPHS

ETHEREAL DREAMS AND HOPE (2011) IS A 136 PAGES BOOK BY NAWFAL JOHNSON NUR, IT IS AN EXPLANATION OF ANKYLOSING SPONDYLITIS, IT IS ALSO ABOUT HIS LIFE WITH ANKYLOSING SPONDYLITIS, AND AN EXHIBITION OF HIS EXPRESSIVE, ETHEREAL SMOKE ART PHOTOGRAPHS.

 

THE SALES LINK IS:

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Here is the book cover and a short description:

ETHEREAL DREAMS AND HOPE

As an Indie Artist or Author, if you don’t Blow Your Own Horn, No one Will, SHELLS AND SANDSTONE EBOOK BY NAWFAL JOHNSON NUR

SHELLS & SANDSTONE (2013) fine art photography book by Nawfal Johnson Nur

Yes, it is true, if you are an “indie” artist or author, you will have to ‘blow your own horn’, because no one else will — those are the facts — Jack!

So, occasionally, I will list my books here at my blog, so perhaps, someone will be interested in purchasing a copy.  This one will certainly make a nice, artsy addition to your PDF EBOOK reading collection.

This first book, SHELLS & SANDSTONE, is 34 pages, and it is a collection of my black and white photographs of, you guessed it, shells and sandstone from Penang beaches.

Here’s a link to the sale’s page, and a screenshot of the book cover and description.

Please have a look — thank you!

http://www.lulu.com/shop/nawfal-nur/shells-sandstone/ebook/product-20712972.html

SHELLS AND SANDSTONE

Chinese Tombstone in Black and White 

“Chinese Tombstone in Black and White”.

Copyright 2017 Nawfal Johnson 

All Rights Reserved.

I was photographing in the rain at a Chinese cemetery in Penang.  I walked there.  It was a long walk, but it was raining and cool…and really wet.  I found a general caretaker doing some chores and I did my best to communicate with him.  I started with speaking a little in Malay, and he didn’t seem to understand me.  I know my Malay is bad, but not horrible, so I figured he didn’t know how to speak Malay!  Imagine that:  a Chinese who has lived in Penang, for like ever (probably), and doesn’t know how to speak Bahasa Malaysia.  Some Penang Chinese only know how to speak Hokkian or Mandarin.  Eventually, I realized he knew a little English.  So, we did our best to communicate in English, and I got my verbal “Okey-Dokey” to take some pictures in the junglized and wet, Chinese cemetery.  

Here is a Black and White photo of a tombstone surrounded by tall weeds and jungle “stuff”.  

RED IN THE RAIN

“Red in the Rain”

Copyright 2017 Nawfal Johnson 

All Rights Reserved.

Red Umbrella and Red Stool in the rain with a Yellow Leaf.  Me too, in the rain, creating this photograph. 🙂  When it rains most photographers put their camera gear away…I say, I gotta get out there and photograph stuff.  Just need to take a dry towel to wipe gear off occasionally.