Abstract Still Life Photography

Crushed Art Pencils Colour-Field, No-8, Edit C

Title: Crushed Art Pencils Colour-Field, No-8, Edit C.

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Complex Crushed Art Pencils Colour Field Photography Series. Series Start Month/Year: February/2018.

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Series Artist’s Statement:
“It wasn’t until after I designed the first 11 photographs in this series that I realized something very powerful about these images. There are big elements (relative to the other elements), and then small elements, and then tiny elements, and then, even smaller and smaller particles in the photographs, and all of the elements interconnect. Therefore, there is the placement of the bigger parts to create the sense of colour-field, fields, or partitions, and then there are all the particles that overlap and intermix with the larger parts in the photos.”
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All images are the Copyright of Nawfal Johnson.
All Rights Reserved.
No unauthorized use.
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RUBBER-BANDS DROP on BURGUNDY SERIES of the IRITIS COLLECTION

TO ROUND OUT THE IRITIS COLLECTION IS “RUBBER-BANDS DROP on BURGUNDY,” Series.

Not the place.  Not the sauce.  The color, burgundy.

The rubber-bands were dropped on a felt cloth that was burgundy color.  I realize that the final pieces do not look like the rubber-bands were dropped on burgundy color of anything:  You will have to trust me on this.

To round out THE IRITIS COLLECTION, is this abstract expressionism photography series, which is the tenth and final series of THE IRITIS COLLECTION.

I still have the Iritis and I’m still on meds for this disease.  The black shreds of iris pigments are still floating around in my eyes so that my vision seems like I’m looking outside through a dirty windscreen.  As I mentioned in a previous blog post, this is probably just my new normal – the unique way of seeing the world and photographs with “stuff” floating around in the foreground.

So, here are the eight photos from the “RUBBER-BANDS DROP on BURGUNDY” Series.

Title: No. 1, RUBBER-BANDS DROP on BURGUNDY. Series: RUBBER-BANDS DROP on BURGUNDY. Art Pieces in Series: Eight. Series Number in Collection: 10. Collection: THE IRITIS COLLECTION. Collection History: Sept - Nov 2013. Precursor to Collection: Anterior Uveitis / Iritis. Copyright 2013 Nawfal Johnson Nur ~ All Rights Reserved.

Title: No. 1, RUBBER-BANDS DROP on BURGUNDY.
Series: RUBBER-BANDS DROP on BURGUNDY.
Art Pieces in Series: Eight.
Series Number in Collection: 10.
Collection: THE IRITIS COLLECTION.
Collection History: Sept – Nov 2013.
Precursor to Collection: Anterior Uveitis / Iritis.
Copyright 2013 Nawfal Johnson Nur ~ All Rights Reserved.

 

Title: No. 2, RUBBER-BANDS DROP on BURGUNDY. Series: RUBBER-BANDS DROP on BURGUNDY. Art Pieces in Series: Eight. Series Number in Collection: 10. Collection: THE IRITIS COLLECTION. Collection History: Sept - Nov 2013. Precursor to Collection: Anterior Uveitis / Iritis. Copyright 2013 Nawfal Johnson Nur ~ All Rights Reserved.

Title: No. 2, RUBBER-BANDS DROP on BURGUNDY.
Series: RUBBER-BANDS DROP on BURGUNDY.
Art Pieces in Series: Eight.
Series Number in Collection: 10.
Collection: THE IRITIS COLLECTION.
Collection History: Sept – Nov 2013.
Precursor to Collection: Anterior Uveitis / Iritis.
Copyright 2013 Nawfal Johnson Nur ~ All Rights Reserved.

Title: No. 3, RUBBER-BANDS DROP on BURGUNDY. Series: RUBBER-BANDS DROP on BURGUNDY. Art Pieces in Series: Eight. Series Number in Collection: 10. Collection: THE IRITIS COLLECTION. Collection History: Sept - Nov 2013. Precursor to Collection: Anterior Uveitis / Iritis. Copyright 2013 Nawfal Johnson Nur ~ All Rights Reserved.

Title: No. 3, RUBBER-BANDS DROP on BURGUNDY.
Series: RUBBER-BANDS DROP on BURGUNDY.
Art Pieces in Series: Eight.
Series Number in Collection: 10.
Collection: THE IRITIS COLLECTION.
Collection History: Sept – Nov 2013.
Precursor to Collection: Anterior Uveitis / Iritis.
Copyright 2013 Nawfal Johnson Nur ~ All Rights Reserved.

Title: No. 4, RUBBER-BANDS DROP on BURGUNDY. Series: RUBBER-BANDS DROP on BURGUNDY. Art Pieces in Series: Eight. Series Number in Collection: 10. Collection: THE IRITIS COLLECTION. Collection History: Sept - Nov 2013. Precursor to Collection: Anterior Uveitis / Iritis. Copyright 2013 Nawfal Johnson Nur ~ All Rights Reserved.

Title: No. 4, RUBBER-BANDS DROP on BURGUNDY.
Series: RUBBER-BANDS DROP on BURGUNDY.
Art Pieces in Series: Eight.
Series Number in Collection: 10.
Collection: THE IRITIS COLLECTION.
Collection History: Sept – Nov 2013.
Precursor to Collection: Anterior Uveitis / Iritis.
Copyright 2013 Nawfal Johnson Nur ~ All Rights Reserved.
Title: No. 5, RUBBER-BANDS DROP on BURGUNDY. Series: RUBBER-BANDS DROP on BURGUNDY. Art Pieces in Series: Eight. Series Number in Collection: 10. Collection: THE IRITIS COLLECTION. Collection History: Sept - Nov 2013. Precursor to Collection: Anterior Uveitis / Iritis. Copyright 2013 Nawfal Johnson Nur ~ All Rights Reserved.

Title: No. 5, RUBBER-BANDS DROP on BURGUNDY.
Series: RUBBER-BANDS DROP on BURGUNDY.
Art Pieces in Series: Eight.
Series Number in Collection: 10.
Collection: THE IRITIS COLLECTION.
Collection History: Sept – Nov 2013.
Precursor to Collection: Anterior Uveitis / Iritis.
Copyright 2013 Nawfal Johnson Nur ~ All Rights Reserved.

Title: No. 6, RUBBER-BANDS DROP on BURGUNDY. Series: RUBBER-BANDS DROP on BURGUNDY. Art Pieces in Series: Eight. Series Number in Collection: 10. Collection: THE IRITIS COLLECTION. Collection History: Sept - Nov 2013. Precursor to Collection: Anterior Uveitis / Iritis. Copyright 2013 Nawfal Johnson Nur ~ All Rights Reserved.

Title: No. 6, RUBBER-BANDS DROP on BURGUNDY.
Series: RUBBER-BANDS DROP on BURGUNDY.
Art Pieces in Series: Eight.
Series Number in Collection: 10.
Collection: THE IRITIS COLLECTION.
Collection History: Sept – Nov 2013.
Precursor to Collection: Anterior Uveitis / Iritis.
Copyright 2013 Nawfal Johnson Nur ~ All Rights Reserved.

 

Title: No. 7, RUBBER-BANDS DROP on BURGUNDY. Series: RUBBER-BANDS DROP on BURGUNDY. Art Pieces in Series: Eight. Series Number in Collection: 10. Collection: THE IRITIS COLLECTION. Collection History: Sept - Nov 2013. Precursor to Collection: Anterior Uveitis / Iritis. Copyright 2013 Nawfal Johnson Nur ~ All Rights Reserved.

Title: No. 7, RUBBER-BANDS DROP on BURGUNDY.
Series: RUBBER-BANDS DROP on BURGUNDY.
Art Pieces in Series: Eight.
Series Number in Collection: 10.
Collection: THE IRITIS COLLECTION.
Collection History: Sept – Nov 2013.
Precursor to Collection: Anterior Uveitis / Iritis.
Copyright 2013 Nawfal Johnson Nur ~ All Rights Reserved.

 

Title: No. 8, RUBBER-BANDS DROP on BURGUNDY. Series: RUBBER-BANDS DROP on BURGUNDY. Art Pieces in Series: Eight. Series Number in Collection: 10. Collection: THE IRITIS COLLECTION. Collection History: Sept - Nov 2013. Precursor to Collection: Anterior Uveitis / Iritis. Copyright 2013 Nawfal Johnson Nur ~ All Rights Reserved.

Title: No. 8, RUBBER-BANDS DROP on BURGUNDY.
Series: RUBBER-BANDS DROP on BURGUNDY.
Art Pieces in Series: Eight.
Series Number in Collection: 10.
Collection: THE IRITIS COLLECTION.
Collection History: Sept – Nov 2013.
Precursor to Collection: Anterior Uveitis / Iritis.
Copyright 2013 Nawfal Johnson Nur ~ All Rights Reserved.

 

Wa’Tup Your Photography?

It’s been awhile since writing or posting here at Behind the Lens.  I’ve been spending more time posting work at my website, smokephotographist.com – Please visit my website if you haven’t already – I post new photos there quite often, and sometimes, discuss photography trials & tribulations, and success – what worked.

On the 21st, I went around looking for some new light fixtures, and I ended up taking a few urban still life shots.

PHOENIX CABLES,  Macro Product Still Life Photograph of Electrical Cables at the shop where I got my light fixtures - Photography by Nawfal Johnson Nur, 21 Sept 2012, Penang Island, Malaysia.

PHOENIX CABLES, Macro Product Still Life Photograph of Electrical Cables at the shop where I got my light fixtures – Photography by Nawfal Johnson Nur, 21 Sept 2012, Penang Island, Malaysia.

OFF WORLD – ALIEN LANDSCAPES

Organizing my OFF WORLD – ALIEN LANDSCAPES, Sci-Fi photography collection has been coming along.  I have all but a couple artworks on display at SMOKEPHOTOGRAPHIST.COM, and archival prints are available for sale at my gallery at Imagekind.com.

VALCOR'S VIEW OF ALLERROON, v5, Edit J - 2005-2012, Image #10, from the OFF WORLD - ALIEN LANDSCAPES Sci-Fi Photography Collection by Nawfal Johnson Nur.

VALCOR’S VIEW OF ALLERROON, v5, Edit J – 2005-2012, Image #10, from the OFF WORLD – ALIEN LANDSCAPES Sci-Fi Photography Collection by Nawfal Johnson Nur.

CASTLE OF THE THREE MOONS, v4, Edit D, 2012, from the Sci-Fi Photography Collection, OFF WORLD - ALIEN LANDSCAPES, by Nawfal Johnson Nur.

CASTLE OF THE THREE MOONS, v4, Edit D, 2012, from the Sci-Fi Photography Collection, OFF WORLD – ALIEN LANDSCAPES, by Nawfal Johnson Nur.

This is a collection of Sci-Fi influenced art-photography.  The scenes are both landscapes and seascapes of imaginary worlds – planets, from the past and the future.  The images are a combination of Photography – Miniature Objects – and, Digital Effects.  This is my longest running art photography collection and one that I will not put an end-point on.  My main inspiration of doing this series is from Science Fiction stories, like Robert A. Heinlein’s Starship Troopers, and from Science Fiction television shows, such as STAR TREK Next Generation, Voyager, Deep Space Nine (my Favorite of the STAR TREK franchise), and Enterprise; SPACE: ABOVE & BEYOND (tied with STARGATE Universe as my favorite Sci-Fi series); BABYLON 5, and STARGATE Universe.  There is no doubt in my mind that as I come up with new ideas and motivations, I will continue to create works that go into the OFF WORLD – ALIEN LANDSCAPES photography collection.

ENTANGLEMENT PHOTOGRAPHY SERIES

I recently joined FineArtAmerica.com and have published at my gallery there, my new ENTANGLEMENT Photography Series.

This series is about Abstract Expressionism Photography.  It is a little difficult to give details of all the piece because each one is different in their irregular shapes and colors; it is better if you go and see the artworks.  In short, these works come from the deep recesses of an “Abstract Mind.”

ENTANGLEMENT NUMBER ONE, EDIT B, from the ENTANGLEMENT Photography Series by Nawfal Johnson Nur.

ENTANGLEMENT NUMBER ONE, EDIT B, from the ENTANGLEMENT Photography Series by Nawfal Johnson Nur.

PEOPLE PHOTOGRAPHY

I recently updated my People Photography page at my website, and that is an on-going project as new photographs are taken, or, as I want to highlight ‘oldies-but-goodies’.

Dance and Stage-JASHANA, No2, Bharatanatyam Dancer Portrait, by Nawfal Johnson Nur.

Dance and Stage-JASHANA, No2, Bharatanatyam Dancer Portrait, by Nawfal Johnson Nur.

So…

That’s Wa’Tup around here.

BENDING SPACE, A NEW ABSTRACT PHOTOGRAPHY SERIES

BENDING SPACE, 3MAY2012, Edit B, by Nawfal Johnson Nur

BENDING SPACE, 3MAY2012, Edit B, by Nawfal Johnson Nur

My “BENDING SPACE” Photography Series is loosely inspired by ‘String Theory’.

My understanding of String Theory is very limited, but that does not stop me from being somewhat fascinated by the idea:  A theory of, in most basic imagery, reminds me of vibrating rubber-bands.  And some scientists believe String Theory can possibly explain the behavior of the Universe.

String Theory is very complex and I will not even attempt to say that I understand the complexity of this theory.  Being a photographic artist, my main objective is taking the information I do know about this theory, and attempting to translate it into imagery that satisfies my creative soul; and also, I hope my work sparks the imagination of those who view it.

When I think of String Theory, I think of vibrating light bands, waves in vapor, all the colors an eye can interpret, and the bending of space.  Could my visualization of bending space be like the ‘branes‘ discussed in String Theory?  I don’t know.  I can only guess.

Nevertheless, my job as a photographic artist was to, in this case, with this photography collection, to design photographs to interpret a theory:  String Theory.  How did I do this?  Well, I had to have some influence…some inspiration that would spark a process of creation.

Here was my inspiration and process:  I was watching the TV show, “The UNIVERSE,” and it was an episode talking about the ‘Big Bang’.  At some point in the show, String Theory was being discussed and the graphics used to illustrate the ‘strings’ were these bouncing bands of light.

Bands of light.  Big Bang.  Space.  Light.  Color.  Yes, the cogs in my brain got unstuck and ideas were churning.

I like the idea of ‘Bending Space,’ ” I thought to myself.  “How about designing a small collection of images that are my interpretation of ‘bending space’ and ‘String Theory.'”  I needed two ingredients for my collection of images:  Bending Space images, and Lots of Color.

For the Bending of Space ingredient, I photographed, macroscopically, light through glass.  For the Color ingredient, I photographed small portions of some of my abstract expressionism paintings.  The resulting BENDING SPACE images are an amalgam of these ingredients.

My Direction – My Motivation – The Photographer’s Solution

Proper Interpretation is the solution for the problems faced for almost any type of Photography assignment, isn’t it:  An Editor, Art Director, or even the nervous bride’s mother explaining to the Photographer what kind of photograph she wants – that is the “problem” (you can substitute the word ‘problem’ with ‘issue’ or even ‘opportunity’).  I use the word, ‘problem‘ because Photographers are ‘Problem Solvers’.  Clients have imagery problems:  They need a specific image (or images) for some reason.  They hire Photographers to create a solution (an image) to solve their problem.

How close did I come to matching my visuals (my abstract art pieces) to the ideas expressed in String Theory?  I don’t know:  String Theory is a very advanced mathematical theory – it is not based on physical experimentation.  Although, I came across an article, http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2010/09/stringy-quantum/ , where the math of String Theory was used for predictions of ‘quantum entanglement‘.  What does that mean?  I don’t know.

“DAMN’IT JIM!  I’m not a Physicist.  I’m an Art Photographer!”

So, without further delay, the eight images in the “BENDING SPACE” Photography Collection are presented, below.

BENDING SPACE, No.1 - 2012, Edit C, by Nawfal Johnson Nur.

BENDING SPACE, No.1 – 2012, Edit C, by Nawfal Johnson Nur.

BENDING SPACE, No.2 - 2012, Edit C, by Nawfal Johnson Nur.

BENDING SPACE, No.2 – 2012, Edit C, by Nawfal Johnson Nur.

BENDING SPACE, No.3 - 2012, Edit C, by Nawfal Johnson Nur.

BENDING SPACE, No.3 – 2012, Edit C, by Nawfal Johnson Nur.

BENDING SPACE, No.4 - 2012, Edit C, by Nawfal Johnson Nur.

BENDING SPACE, No.4 – 2012, Edit C, by Nawfal Johnson Nur.

BENDING SPACE, No.5 - 2012, Edit C, by Nawfal Johnson Nur.

BENDING SPACE, No.5 – 2012, Edit C, by Nawfal Johnson Nur.

BENDING SPACE, No.6 - 2012, Edit C, by Nawfal Johnson Nur.

BENDING SPACE, No.6 – 2012, Edit C, by Nawfal Johnson Nur.

BENDING SPACE, No.7 - 2012, Edit C, by Nawfal Johnson Nur.

BENDING SPACE, No.7 – 2012, Edit C, by Nawfal Johnson Nur.

BENDING SPACE, No.8 - 2012, Edit C, by Nawfal Johnson Nur.

BENDING SPACE, No.8 – 2012, Edit C, by Nawfal Johnson Nur.

CRACKED, CHIPPED, and ROUGH Art Photography Series

CRACKED, CHIPPED, and ROUGH, a new eFolio collection by Photographer, Nawfal Johnson Nur.  This is an Abstract Expressionistic Photography collection of 15 Black & White and Color images.  The subject of this collection is old, peeling, and cracked paint on walls.  All of the photographs were captured in the Tanjong Tokong district of Penang, Malaysia.  The images were designed during 2011, to 14 Feb 2012.  The eFolio collection is available for sale at LULU.Com, http://www.lulu.com/product/ebook/cracked-chipped-and-rough/18891296

CRACKED, CHIPPED, and ROUGH, a new eFolio collection by Photographer, Nawfal Johnson Nur. This is an Abstract Expressionistic Photography collection of 15 Black & White and Color images. The subject of this collection is old, peeling, and cracked paint on walls. All of the photographs were captured in the Tanjong Tokong district of Penang, Malaysia. The images were designed during 2011, to 14 Feb 2012. The eFolio collection is available for sale at LULU.Com, http://www.lulu.com/product/ebook/cracked-chipped-and-rough/18891296

A New Art Photography Series called CRACKED, CHIPPED, and ROUGH

CRACKED, CHIPPED, and ROUGH is my new eFolio collection of Abstract Art Photography.  The subjects of the photographs are old, cracked, chipped, and rough-looking paint that is crumbling and peeling off from old walls.  Don’t let “old cracked paint” deter you from having a look at my new art photography collection:  The results of my endeavors photographing peeling paint are, if I may say so, pretty interesting.  Please give it a look – there is a Preview at my product page where you can see about half of the eFolio.

I love macro photography, and I like to get in close on small areas of space to design photographs of textures, shapes, lines, and tones.  My cracked paint images, in this series, have all of those characteristics as key focal points.  In other words, I attempted to merge and stress textures, shapes, lines, and tones, in all the cracked paint images.

Yes, cracked paint is a rather ‘dry’ subject, pun kind of intended.  And, that was the challenge.  To make the typical dry paint scene totally atypical and spectacular.  I was drawn to the subject, and basically, wanted to experiment how to give this mundane and rather flat subject (old dry paint on walls), some interest, some 3-D perspective when photographing it from a close proximity.

Please have a look at my CRACKED, CHIPPED, and ROUGH Photography Collection.

This is what salt looks like when it bounces

“Salt Splash:  This is what salt looks like when it bounces.”

Copyright 2009 Nawfal Johnson Nur

Salt Splash:  This is what Salt Looks Like when it bounces, 2009 by Nawfal Johnson Nur

Salt Splash: This is what Salt Looks Like when it bounces, 2009 by Nawfal Johnson Nur

My New Book, Smoke Art, Arthritis and Depression

What does Smoke Art Photography, Arthritis and Depression all have in common?  Well, these are the main topics inside my new book (just published earlier today)!

The description in the photo caption (above) gives a really good indication of my book’s content.

  • My book shows 34 of my smoke art photographs, the Ethereal Dreams & Hope Collection, which includes photos taken between 2007 and June 2011.

Because I have suffered with arthritis for many years, a little over 30 years now, and have coped with long bouts of depression, I wanted this book project to be more than just a book of photographs.  I wanted to mix in words of hope, and together the photos and the words of hope make up this project.

  • I discuss a little about my beginnings with photography.  I also discuss very general details about ankylosing spondylitis, and depression.  I talk about some of my own personal experiences finding out that I have these conditions, and some story about dealing with these medical issue.

Over all, I just want to offer my book as a way to help other people dealing with pain and despair, a way to see things in terms of ‘hope’, and to stress the importance of ‘action’ to make ‘hopes,’ ‘dreams,’ and ‘goals’ to come true.

  • If nothing else comes out of my book, I will be very happy if someone, somewhere, has gotten some reassurance from my words, that things can be better even when living with pain and sadness.  It does not always have to be this way, but much of the effort will be up to you.

Perhaps by reading my book, this can be a small step, at least to see things in terms of ‘hope.’  You may also like seeing my photographs of smoke art – and that would be a real added bonus.

Thank you and take care!

 

2011 SMOKE ART PHOTOGRAPHY CALENDAR

ETHEREAL DREAMS CALENDAR BY NAWFAL JOHNSON NUR, FOR SALE AT LULU.COM

ETHEREAL DREAMS CALENDAR, SMOKE ART PHOTOGRAPHY BY NAWFAL JOHNSON NUR, FOR SALE AT LULU.COM

Support independent publishing: Buy this calendar on Lulu.

“ETHEREAL DREAMS” Smoke Art by Nawfal Johnson Nur.

This is my 2011 Calendar. Each month of the calendar shows a different smoke art creation. These images are creations of smoke photography. The smoke images create imaginary ethereal subjects.

The subjects seen are very individualized interpretations. In other words, what I see in the smoke may be totally different from what you see in the smoke.

I have included the national holidays of The United States, Canada and Mexico.

Here’s a tip on how to enjoy the photographs of my calendar for a longer time than usual, AND, get more for your money. Each photograph, which is printed on high-quality glossy photo paper, can be removed from the calendar, matted and framed. THEREFORE, you are not only purchasing a calendar, but for the SAME PRICE, you are purchasing 12 individual artwork pieces that you can matte and frame to enjoy a long time.

Thank you!

Eggspressionism, v1-2008, Edit A

“Eggspressionism”.
Abstract Expressionism Photography.
Egg Photography.

I’m a longtime fan of Jackson Pollock, and the Abstract Expressionism style. I’m a rather novice Abstract Expressionism painter myself, but I attempt anyway, and I love using unusual subjects to “throw” my paint, such as eggs.

I’ve only seen one Jackson Pollock work in person, and that is his “Galaxy”, owned by the Joslyn Art Museum (Omaha, NE), which is one of my favorite Pollock paintings, located at one of my favorite places, Joslyn.

I will probably cook this egg later, as it is a real egg, and that is why the 3D original will not last, but my Photography of my artwork, can last on its behalf.

Unlike much/most Abstract Expressionism work, I like a considerable amount of “black-space”. My works are also very small compared to the huge canvases used by the Abstract Expressionism Masters.

Single Light: SYSTEMS IMAGING 600-Watt with BOWENS 2’x2′ Silver Softbox & 1-Gold Reflector. Continuous Lighting, about 1-Sec Shutter Speed, at f/8.0.