Author: Nawfal

A Freelance, Editorial Photographer; Photographic Artist; and Abstract Expressionism Painter. A Nebraskan at Heart, but currently living in Malaysia. I love to photograph any stage related event, especially dance performances. I have been photographing dance since 1998, and have contributed to several magazines with dance photography essays. If you need photography done for Head Shots (i.e., to promote your book, self-promo, web-sites, actor's or modeling profile hand-outs, etc.), Dance or Stage Production Photography, Candid Portraiture, Cat Portraiture, or Fine Art Abstract Expressionism Photography for Wall Decoration & Interior Design - Please leave me a private message because I would like to help you with your photography needs. Thank You for your Visit!

Shell Oil Building in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia Photography by Nawfal Johnson 

SHELL OIL Building, KLCC, Kuala Lumpur.

Copyright 2017 Nawfal Johnson 

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Four Seasons Place Kuala Lumpur, Second Tallest Building in Kuala Lumpur, and my rant on needing sidewalks properly constructed for people in wheelchairs 

“Four Seasons Place Kuala Lumpur is a hotel building currently under construction located in KLCC, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. This 323 meters (1,059 feet and eight inches) tall skyscraper is being built next to the Petronas Twin Towers…. It also will be the world’s second tallest hotel after JW Marriott Marquis Dubai and second tallest building in Malaysia surpassing the 310 meters tall Telekom Tower once completed.”  (Source :  Wikipedia, Four Seasons Place Kuala Lumpur )

I feel like an ant when I am in Kuala Lumpur. In downtown Kuala Lumpur, it is one skyscraper after another, and it is a totally different urban experience (speaking from an urban planning background) than any that I have experienced.  At least in Penang, you may have one really tall building, but then you’ll have British Colonial houses or shop lots next to the tall building, and then you walk a while, and then you come to another really tall building. But in downtown Kuala Lumpur, for example, you have the Nikko Hotel, and then Menara CitiBank building, and then you have more skyscrapers right next to that, and then you have this huge Four Seasons Place Tower, and then you have the Menara Maxis building, and next to that, you have the Petronas Twin Towers, and it goes on and on and on with skyscrapers, and you look up, and you get dizzy.  I took this photo at 10:13AM…apparently.  

My Sidewalk, Urban Planning, Rant:

 I thought that Penang’s sidewalks were the worst planning disaster (in terms of sidewalks); however, I could be wrong.  I judge a sidewalk by how easy or difficult it would be for someone using a wheelchair, to traverse the sidewalks.  In Penang, you have trees in the middle of the sidewalks…poles…potholes…and ridiculous sidewalk decorative tiles that serve no purpose.  And, most dangerous for someone in a wheelchair, are the steep and non-standardized curb-cuts which make it difficult for someone in a wheelchair to get onto the sidewalk.  I’m sure there must be a uniform curb-cut standard that is supposed to be used when making sidewalks.

I think that around Kuala Lumpur’s busy urban core, with all of the development going on, that perhaps the sidewalks in downtown Kuala Lumpur, in some areas, are much worse than those in Penang.  Nevertheless, a thorough visual, videographic study would have to be done to verify this supposition.

Kuala Lumpur has all of the dangerous and  unmaneuverable obstacles on their sidewalks that Penang has, but I think the danger element would be even worse for someone in a wheelchair. This is especially true if they did not have any other mode of transportation to get around. And personally, I feel that people in wheelchairs need to have safe traffic-ways, if you can call sidewalks that, so that they can get around on their own if they wish to do that.  This is called “freedom of movement”—a basic right that everyone is supposed to have, even if they have a disability.

 I cannot even imagine someone in a wheelchair being able to successfully cross Jalan Tun Razak, which is like an 8 Lane Highway.  Jalan Tun Razak intersects with Jalan Ampang, and there is construction along Jalan Ampang—it is a major road in KL’s urban core.  At the moment, Jalan Ampang does have tons of barriers, debris, and other obstacles along the road, including missing or dangerous curb-cuts; thus, that would force someone in a wheelchair to be traveling in the road, which is extremely dangerous.  

It is possible that once construction is finished along Jalan Ampang, that there will be sidewalks that will be safe for someone in a wheelchair to travel. However, it seems like there is never a stop to construction in downtown Kuala Lumpur. 

With construction sites, there are heavy machinery going in and out all the time, and that messes up the roads and the sidewalks, and it is even difficult to walk from place to place.  I have no idea how someone in a wheelchair would be able to get around if they wanted to on their own. But I think the real question is this—Shouldn’t someone in a wheelchair have the right to get around safely on their own in downtown anywhere, meaning, any big city?  I think  the answer is yes! 

Nevertheless, I cringe every time I see someone in a wheelchair trying to move around somewhere, and they are forced to travel on the side of the road because of difficult sidewalks, meaning, sidewalks that are damaged,  sidewalks that are poorly constructed, and sidewalks that are not built with people in wheelchairs in mind.

Four Seasons Place, Kuala Lumpur, KLCC, under construction.

Four Seasons Place, Kuala Lumpur, KLCC, under construction.

Petronas Towers at Night 

Petronas Towers stands at 378.6 metres (1,242 ft)—(photographed at nighttime).  They are still the tallest Twin Towers in the world (I believe), but not the tallest towers.

Copyright 2017 Nawfal Johnson .

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

This is the view in front of Starbucks, on Jalan Ampang.


Demon Grasshopper Portrait by Nawfal Johnson 

Title:  “Demon Grasshopper Portrait”.

Creation Date:  10 November 2017.

Series:  Multi-Form Chaos.

Series Year: 2017.

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SERIES INFORMATION:

“Multi-Form Chaos” is my newest abstract pen-art series, 2017. It is influenced by the works of Piet Mondrian and Mark Rothko.  However, these artworks have my own style.  I design boundaries with coloured fields, and the small swathes of swirling geometric-blobs seem to move in and out, in chaotic harmony within the frame of the art piece.

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Abstract Clouds #2 on 15 November 2017, Cloud Photography by Nawfal Johnson 

Title: “Abstract Clouds #2 on 15 November 2017” .

Creation Date: 15 November 2017.

Genre: Cloud-Art Photography .

Collection: CLOUD-ART PHOTOGRAPHY .

Collection Date: 2011 to Present (On-Going).

Copyright 2017 Nawfal Johnson .  

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Penang, Malaysia .  

No Unauthorized Use!

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☆ Fine Art Photography Prints Sales Site Link at Imagekind:

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Imagekind Art Photo Number : 2,293

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Black Demon Eyes Behind the Colour Screen

Title:  “Black Demon Eyes Behind the Colour Screen”.

Creation Date:  5 Oct 2017.

Series:  Multi-Form Chaos.

Series Year: 2017.

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SERIES INFORMATION:

“Multi-Form Chaos” is my newest abstract pen-art series, 2017. It is influenced by the works of Piet Mondrian and Mark Rothko.  However, these artworks have my own style.  I design boundaries with coloured fields, and the small swathes of swirling geometric-blobs seem to move in and out, in chaotic harmony within the frame of the art piece.

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abstract, expressionism, Nawfal, Johnson, multi-from, Mondrian, Rothko, colorful, colourful, swirls, action, pen-art, chaos, random, Marathon, battle, Modernism, contemporary, amoeba, traffic jam,

Blue and Grey Waspinator abstract art by Nawfal Johnson 

​Title:  “Blue and Grey Waspinator”.

Creation Date:  4 Nov 2017.

Series:  Multi-Form Chaos.

Series Year: 2017.

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☆Link to Buy Fine Art Prints:

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SERIES INFORMATION:

“Multi-Form Chaos” is my newest abstract pen-art series, 2017. It is influenced by the works of Piet Mondrian and Mark Rothko.  However, these artworks have my own style.  I design boundaries with coloured fields, and the small swathes of swirling geometric-blobs seem to move in and out, in chaotic harmony within the frame of the art piece.

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Tags:

abstract, expressionism, Nawfal, Johnson, multi-from, Mondrian, Rothko, colorful, colourful, swirls, action, pen-art, chaos, random, Marathon, battle, Modernism, contemporary,

LUCIFER ILLUMINATED, Abstract Light Streaks Photography by Nawfal Johnson 

Title:  Abstract Light Streaks #375

AKA:  “LUCIFER ILLUMINATED”.

Final Edit & Creation:  October 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. 
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LOCATION:

All of these photographs were created in Penang, Malaysia.
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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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Imagekind Art Photo #2,288.
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#1-percenters, #abstract-expressionism, #Ankylosing-Spondylitis, #battleship-galactic, #Bilderbergers, #blue, #Bohemian-Grove, #brain-waves, #bug, #butterfly, #centuries, #Centurion, #chaotic-otherworldly, #copper, #Cylon, #Depression, #digital, #electric-rectangular-mandala, #energized, #even, #fluid-light, #FLYING-ANT, #Free-Masons, #gold, #illuminati, #insect, #INSECTA, #I-Robot, #Johnson, #Knights-Templer, #light, #LOTUS, #lowlightphotography, #Malaysia, #masonic-art, #Morningstar, #moth, #mystical-art, #Nawfal, #New-World-Order, #nighttime, #nighttimephotography, #No-way-out, #Nur, #Penang, #photography, #psychedelic, #purple, #red, #Secret-Societies, #silver, #streak, #symbiosis, #symmetrical, #symmetry, #urban-lights, #violet, #white, #yellow, #abstract, #light, #streaks, #fucking awesome,

Is Being Artistic, a Blessing or a Curse?

If you are a talented artist but suffer from Van Gogh Syndrome 2.0, (VGS V.2.0), then it is a curse to be artistic.  There is a Van Gogh Syndrome 1.0, where the person is into self-mutilation.  V.2.0 is my definition, defined several blog posts ago, but in short, VGS V.2.0, is to be a great artist, but unable to sell anything, and certainly not enough to keep a healthy self-esteem, and thus, the artist suffers on and off, from major depression, and all consequence of that horrible condition.  
But, there are some artists who are just fucking lucky, or, who have Good connections, are wealthy to begin with, who have some talent but are great at smoozing, PR, and business, and so maybe art is a blessing for them.  
As an artist, you may transition between art being a curse, and art being a blessing.  That would not be so bad.

Battle of Marathon, New Multi-Form Abstract Series by Nawfal Johnson 

Title:  “Battle of Marathon”.

Creation Date:  29 Sept 2017.

Series:  Multi-Form Chaos.

Series Year: 2017.

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All Rights Reserved.

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☆Link to Buy Fine Art Prints:

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SERIES INFORMATION:

“Multi-Form Chaos” is my newest abstract pen-art series, 2017. It is influenced by the works of Piet Mondrian and Mark Rothko.  However, these artworks have my own style.  I design boundaries with coloured fields, and the small swathes of swirling geometric-blobs seem to move in and out, in chaotic harmony within the frame of the art piece.

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Tags:

abstract, expressionism, Nawfal, Johnson, multi-from, Mondrian, Rothko, colorful, colourful, swirls, action, pen-art, chaos, random, Marathon, battle, Modernism, contemporary,

Berkelakuan sumbang 

Yes, this is a real sign, in Gurney Plaza’s urban park.  Here is my best explanation :  

This is a Malay language sign/warning: “Berkelakuan Sumbang”, which generally means ‘disobedient”, but a more literal urban translation would be: “Kids—no ‘messing’ around in public, and being disobedient to your parents, sneaking around and destroying the good family name—HOW DARN YOU—WHERE DID WE GO WRONG!”—[mother crying and father boiling]!”  

Copyright 2017 Nawfal Johnson  ~ All Rights Reserved.