Layers of Abstraction to make a single image: It is not really layers at all. A riddle or reality?
“Honolulu Creeper, 9 July 07”
Actually, I don’t have much to say today; however, I thought I should put up a new work so that you know that I have not fallen off the face of the planet – still here!
“Live long and prosper!”
This image is titled, “Aluminum Queen at Nighttime,” and I have submitted it to the 11th Issue of JPG Magazine for their consideration. Part of the choosing process is by votes – so, chances are if a photo gets a good number of votes, it has a better chance of publication. That being the case, if you get the opportunity to go see the bigger view of my image, and you like it, please vote for it as well, (click on the image above to see the larger view).
I submitted this image to the “Dreamscapes” theme as I thought it was appropriate.
This sculpture, made of recyclable aluminum cans and bubble wrap sheets, looks sort
of eerie against the very deep blue, nighttime sky. This look was created with a long
exposure (30 secs approx).
It looks like the “Queen” is reaching out to grab someone, and I guess this scene could,
mind you, be conjured up in some nightmare.
Thanks for having a look and voting!
“Grass in a Rainstorm”
© 2007 Nawfal Nur
All Rights Reserved
Much about being a creative photographer is the ability to see things differently.
Maybe you are seeing the same thing, the same object, or the same landscape that thousands of other photographers have seen and photographed before; but are you seeing it differently through your viewfinder? Or, is it just another re-creation of what has been done a hundred, or a thousand times before?
With digital photography technology so viral and widespread, almost everyone has access to photography through one type of device or another. That doesn’t mean, however, that everyone knows how to take a photograph worth its electrons!
“Reality offers us such wealth that we must cut some of it out on the spot, simplify. The question is, do we always cut out what we should? While we’re working, we must be conscious of what we’re doing. Sometimes we have the feeling that we’ve taken a great photo, and yet we continue to unfold. We must avoid however, snapping away, shooting quickly and without thought, overloading ourselves with unnecessary images that clutter our memory and diminish the clarity of the whole.” -Henri Cartier-Bresson, on photojournalism, American Photo, September/October 1997 , page: 76
Three cheers for H. Cartier-Bresson! Avoid being a “snapper” if you want to become a great photographer.
Like any other professional pursuit, great photographs are created by Photographers who think carefully before pulling the trigger, so to speak. Forget that digital is cheap and that you are not spending cold hard cash on film and development any more. Forget that your newfangled digital camera can set everything for you so that maybe you’ll get lucky with an interesting photo once in a while. Photographic-Economizing and Luck just don’t quite cut it!
In my humble opinion, great photographs come from photographers with great eyes for a scene, purposeful compositions, good timing, fantastic sense-of-place, and superb technical know-how of their craft.
Seeing Differently is what can set you apart from the thousands of other photographers who take photographs of similar subject matter. It’s easy to blend in: It’s challenging and rewarding to set yourself apart and be different.
Title: “Orion’s Belt & Coconut Tree”
© 2007 Nawfal Nur
All Rights Reserved
Location: Penang, Malaysia
Wide Field Astrophotography of Orion’s Belt, and a coconut tree.
“ζ Ori (Alnitak), ε Ori (Alnilam) and δ Ori (Mintaka) make up the asterism known as Orion’s Belt: three bright stars in a row; from these alone one can recognize Orion.” [Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orion_(constellation) ]
Title: “Dried Leaves on Stone, Edit B”
Creation Date: 9 March 2007
Original Color Image Shot in 2006
“Dried Leaves on Stone, Edit B,” is a very high contrast Black & White digital image, inspired by the opening lyrics of SLIPKNOT’s song, “Wait and Bleed“:
I’ve felt the hate rise up in me…
Kneel down and clear the stone of leaves…
I wander out where you can’t see…
Inside my shell, I wait and bleed…
The EXtreme contrast of this image and the imagery itself reminded me of the opening of this song by Slipknot: They may not be everyone’s cup-of-tea, but hell, I like’em. They are a bit angry, a bit EXtreme and probably the best band to ever come out of Iowa. I hate disco and electro-noise and this is the antithesis of all of that. EXtreme Black & White for EXtreme words.
“The inspiration behind a lot of my work comes from wanting to express something within myself and usually associated with the things I love (or dislike) about life or have experienced. Some are metaphor, others more obvious. Music is big influence and of course emotion plays it’s part.” – Leith O’Malley – Artist
This Post Updated on 3 July 2008:
I am no longer selling at ART.com!!!
HOWEVER, if you like these photographs, you can contact me personally to order prints, or, I will give you a location (on the web) where you can place a convenient order. I can also make personal prints (up to A4 size) and sign them for you (if you wish), and send them directly to you. Just send me a note with your request.
As you can see, there are many framing and matting options, or, you can just purchase the prints. Also, because of the array of colors in the images, my photographs really stand out and blend well with many wall colors. So, if you are shopping for new wall-art, please have a look at my new photography collection. Thank you!