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Paint the World….with Truth?

Pigeon on Ledge-IMG 2418, Edit B-np

Yes, wouldn’t the “truth” be nice…

I’m a firm believer in the standard “X-Files” tagline: “The Truth is Out There!” But believe me, fellow brothers and sisters in Art, it is up to you to find it!

Well, as you may already have guessed, this is turning out to be absolutely different from what you thought it would be, at least, according to the “title” of the journal entry.

First, however, let me tell you about this image: It is a pigeon, of course, standing on the ledge of a very old, British Colonial, row house in Penang, more specifically, Georgetown.

These colorful shots of old houses is a new series I’m working on: I’m thinking of calling the series, “Distinctive Georgetown,” or something like that. My file of images is building in this filing cabinet of a photo-series – I better name the Series soon.

This is a macro detail of an old house on the corner of Jalan Irving and Jalan Krian.

As surreal as it sounds to me now, I was interviewed tonight on a local Radio show, and I think what I responded with to this questions, “What is it about a scene that makes you want to take a photograph?” – was pretty spot-on (my ‘approximate’ answer is below).

“For me,” I said, “I think very macroscopically, even when working on this Historic Preservation self-assignment. I look at the details and compose the details, the composition, the context of the image in my heart and mind first. If it seems like a worthwhile scene to work on, then I get my camera out, and I work on the shot I had developed in my mind.”

That’s a pretty close word-for-word, at least as far as I remember. My wife would probably say, “NONSENSE!” Oh…Not “nonsense” to my interview answer, but to my skills of listening and remembering. I think I have remarkable listening skills. She’s perhaps blinded by her own bias: She says I choose not to listen to her sometimes, and I tell her that it is a skill I’ve developed over the years, called “Selective Listening!” She’s not amused! I think it’s a hell’of’a skill and I’m considering offering it as a Short-Course for husbands of all time zones!

My Photography is not necessarily the “truth” – it is more closely linked to my Painted Version of the Truth! After all, there is only one reality, but for Photographic Artists, we provide the context for which that “truth“, that “reality“, is presented in the frame of a single shot at a particular time.

In my “Distinctive Georgetown” photographs, it is a close representation of “reality” but with my twist on each scene. That is what artists do, right, reveal their own personal vision to the canvas, the rock, the film, the print, or whatever.

In my next journal entry, I may discuss another type of “truth” that ALL Artists need to be on the lookout for and protect themselves against, and that “truth” is the sugar-coated kind, where the people you come across could be your savior, or the devil that stabs you in the back! And sometimes, if you’re not careful, they appear as your savior, then reveal themselves to you as the devil, their real identity.

Like I said, MAYBE, I’ll cover that topic next time. If I can perhaps, save one (or more) artists/photographers, from making mistakes that I’ve made, by telling a simple, if not, hard-learned tale of misery and the agony of deceit and treachery, then, it may be a tale worth telling…or at least I may highlight the finer points of the lesson….Mysterious? Yes… That’s OK…

More later.

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The Heavy Machines Portfolio

My best work is often almost unconscious and occurs ahead of my ability to understand it.” -Sam Abell, “Stay This Moment : The Photographs of Sam Abell” by Sam Abell (Photographer), Robert E. Gilka

Heavy Crane with Rainbow, v1-HDR, Edit B, Photography by Nawfal Nur

“Heavy Crane with Rainbow, v.1”
© 2007 Nawfal Nur
All Rights Reserved

These are images from my “Heavy Machines” Portfolio: I guess, in a short Artist’s Statement, I would say ‘The Heavy Machines images comprise thoughtful, visual statements about typically ugly, cold steel machines, and transformed into beautiful, warm-toned, soft compositions.’ Often, I will take the images first, and then the transformation occurs, step-by-step, without really knowing what the final image will look like: I just work on it until I believe it is complete, and thus, transformed.

Heavy Crane & Rainbow, v55, Edit B, Photography by Nawfal Nur

“Heavy Crane with Rainbow, v.5”
© 2007 Nawfal Nur
All Rights Reserved

 

Heavy Crane with Rainbow, v3, Edit D, Photography by Nawfal Nur

“Heavy Crane with Rainbow, v.3”
© 2007 Nawfal Nur
All Rights Reserved

 

You Can Now Purchase Prints of My Collection, "The Heavy Machines."

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.

THANK YOU!!!

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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!