NAWFAL JOHNSON – PHOTOGRAPHIST

The Raven and the Owl, Abstract Light Streaks Expressionism Photography by Nawfal Johnson 

Title:  The Raven and the Owl.

Copyright 2017 Nawfal Johnson 

All Rights Reserved.

Medium:  Nighttime urban lights.

Tool:  Camera.

Craft:  Photography, I mean necromancy, no, um, I mean, Photography, but of course.

Location:  Penang Island, Malaysia.

Actual Creation Date :  1 October 2017.

Genre: Ambidextrous Photographic Expressionism.  I’m using my abstract nighttime lights photography, in an ambidextrous way (mirrored technique) to create an expressionistic rendition of a raven, and his small friend (above), the owl.

Artist’s Note:

Van Gogh Syndrome 

I’m seriously being affected by Van Gogh Syndrome.  I am a beast in creating new artworks, but wondering, “What is the point?”  As Rodney Dangerfield so eloquently put it, “I can’t get any respect“.  

What is ‘Van Gogh Syndrome‘?  Well, I don’t know if it is a real syndrome, but I made it up on my own a few years ago—I mention it in several older blog posts.  I define Van Gogh Syndrome as a condition that can affect a highly productive and highly skilled (that is subjective and arguable) artist who is both overwhelmed and underwhelmed with their artistic life because the inputed investment in all things, does not see any clear or beneficial rewards.  Therefore, the individual has doubts about their very place in this world and why he or she continues along a creative course when there is no real benefit, even though there is satisfaction from their creative endeavours.  And, the very thinking of quiting being an artist would probably be a blasphemous idea to this individual.  

This syndrome, of course, is named after the great artist, Vincent Van Gogh, who was a Master artist, but suffered psychologically from a not very successful career as an artist during his lifetime, and thus, caused him many troubles.

That is my closest “medical” definition of Van Gogh Syndrome, as I know it, and define it.

Maybe someday, I’ll be credited for my great work in Art Psychology for inventing this definition of Van Gogh Syndrome. 🙂

I think that if Van Gogh was alive in this time period, he would have been abhorred by the fact that 10’s of millions of images are uploaded to the web everyday, and a small percentage of that being actual serious artwork, and it is clogging up and drowning the world with a lot of underwhelming imagery, and it is out there for all to see on the wonderful world of the Internet.  

Van Gogh sold only one painting in his lifetime and died at the age of 37,  before he would see any success. His mother threw away crates filled with his work but did live long enough to possibly regret it as he was ultimately hailed as a genius. He is now considered the greatest Dutch painter after Rembrandt.  
Source:  https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/sensorium/201308/vincent-van-gogh-was-likely-synesthete

Vincent Van Gogh, it has been discovered, was a synesthete:  

 synesthete (sĭnˈĭs-thētˌ)►

    n.

    A person who experiences synesthesia, as by having a secondary sensation of sound as color or of color as sound.

Other people who have this sensation, of synesthesia, experience this secondary sensation when viewing some of Vincent Van Gogh’s works.

Source:  https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/sensorium/201308/vincent-van-gogh-was-likely-synesthete

NEVERTHELESS, he would have had a stroke when he discovered that there are computers, and that there is Photoshop, and there are plug-ins for Photoshop that can create pretty good painting-like images, even in the painting style of Van Gogh, and these computerized-paintings can be created in a few seconds with just a few commands inputted on the keyboard, the mouse, or the tablet.  

I think he would have said, “What the bloody hell is this demonic necromancy!”

PEREIDOLIA, PEREIDOLIA, WHERE ART THOU, PEREIDOLIA?

For me, I have a very high sense of  “Pareidolia (/pærɪˈdoʊliə/ parr-i-DOH-lee-ə), [which] is a psychological phenomenon in which the mind responds to a stimulus, usually an image or a sound, by perceiving a familiar pattern where none exists (e.g., in random data).  Common examples are perceived images of animals, faces, or objects in cloud formations, the Man in the Moon, the Moon rabbit, hidden messages within recorded music played in reverse or at higher- or lower-than-normal speeds, and hearing indistinct voices in random noise such as that produced by air conditioners or fans.”

(Source :  https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pareidolia)


FOR AN ARTIST TO SURVIVE IN THE VIRTUAL WORLD

To truly survive as an artist in the virtual world, you nearly have to have tens of thousands of artworks uploaded to artwork websites that get MILLIONS OF HITS per month, that’s so your artworks may be noticed among the 100s of millions of images that are stored and that are available at popular online print-on-demand websites, and also those of the multitude of image library websites.

Another thing that helps get your work noticed, is if the image curators at these print-on-demand photo gallery websites, and the image library websites, take notice of your work.  If they do, then you become a favourite of the curators/editors, and then they put your work on the front pages of their websites as a featured artist.  That gets you a lot of notice when people first visit their websites.  Some websites do not change their look very often, for example, imagekind.com does not, so their favourite artists have been featured on the first page like…forever!  I’ve been a loyal  and productive contributor to imagekind for 11 years, and I’ve never been chosen as a featured artist at their website, and maybe that is sour grapes for me, but I still think it is pure bullshit!  

I could have a stroke because of thinking about the 1,000s of hours of my life used in the creation and design of new art photographs:  The amount of effort and time I’ve spent creating new artworks, editing them, and then uploading the artworks to imagekind, and then having to write detailed descriptions, and doing the keywording for each new artwork—the time invested is at an insane level.  Yes, I actually think I’ve spent 1,000s of hours of my life doing this.  And, at what cost?  You cannot even know, or fathom the cost this has had on me.  That is, unless you also are suffering from Van Gogh Syndrome.  I think there are many-many closet Van Gogh Syndrome sufferers.

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Let’s look at some art website stats:

Imagekind used to get 7 to 20 million hits per month!  That was really very good.  That was several years ago.  Now, here are the stats:

Global Rank Traffic rank of site, as compared to all other sites in the world

Worldwide

150,649

Country Rank Traffic rank of site, as compared to all other sites in its leading country

United States

47,914

Category Rank Traffic rank of site, as compared to all other sites in its main category

Arts and Entertainment > Photography Edit—

569

☆ (That is HORRIFIC!)  568 ART WEBSITES ARE MORE POPULAR.

Traffic Overview Traffic OverviewGet the overall impression for any website

August 2017 analysis

Engagement

Total Visits 418.49K 15.65%

Avg. Visit Duration 00:01:03

You need to get a visitor’s attention in about 1 minute!  If you are not a favorite artist of IK, you are screwed…but the same philosophy will hold true for any art sales websites if you are not one of their ‘darlings’.

Pages per Visit 3.00

Bounce Rate 42.97%

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Saatchiart.com is another art gallery website I have many images for sale at, but have never been featured by the curators.

Their current web traffic is:

Global Rank Traffic rank of site, as compared to all other sites in the world

Worldwide

34,584

Country Rank Traffic rank of site, as compared to all other sites in its leading country

United States

22,959

Category Rank Traffic rank of site, as compared to all other sites in its main category

Arts and Entertainment > Visual Arts and Design Edit—

The ranking is 25, SO, that is much better in art website traffic, but still, if you are not featured, ever, you are still screwed, no one will find you or your work among their thousands of artist members.

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Nowadays, you need to have 100’s of thousands of followers/fans, on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram; and also, you need to be a Video Blogger on the many video platforms (YouTube, Dtube, Whatever-tube) and give instructional videos a few times a week to keep your audience educated, and satisfied.  Only if your audience is happy, your video channels will grow and you can keep being popular and noticed and earn some money from your video blogging work.

The more audience you have, the more potential artwork sells you could get, the more donations you may get through Patreon (or other donation platforms), and the more AdSense you could get, the more merchandise you may sell from the many merchandising websites you would need to be a member of.

For stock photography, you need to have submitted, perchance, several thousand images before anyone takes notice and you sell some images, for either royalty-free usage (meaning you earn pennies), or if you’re lucky, you sell an image for rights-managed usage, which means you can earn some dollars, or many dollars—depending on the use of the image.   Nevertheless, you are still competing with millions of other stock photographers who have similar images, in similar categories, for customers to choose from, so the competition is mind boggling; and also, the earnings from stock photography are not very predictable, nor dependable.

I had a Photographer friend here in Penang, I think he is retired now, who shot stock photography for the company, Image Bank—this was around 1998, or 1999.  He suggested to me that I contact Image Bank.  He said, you can earn a lot.  He had just recently sold one image, and he showed me his royalty check—it was for $1,200.00!  Today, with the snakes who own the stock photo companies, and who changed the rules of the business in their favour, I would guess that if my friend sold that same image today in the stock photo trade, his royalty check would be more in the $1.00 range.  Fucking sad, pathetic, and true.


SO WHY CONTINUE THIS ARTISTIC INSANITY?

So why the fuck do I keep creating art photographs?  

Insanity perhaps.

No, I guess because I will always be an artist in my brain and in my heart.  I have to create artwork—artwork is part of me, it is my nature, so I must be part of nature.

⊙ ⊙ I like to reflect on that great story told by Lee Krasner, Jackson Pollack’s wife, she said, 

“I brought [Hans] Hofmann around to Jackson’s studio because I thought he would appreciate it.  Hoffman said to Jackson, ‘You should join my class, you are very ‘tal-lanted’, but this is no good, you will repeat yourself, you do not work from nature.’  Jackson’s response was, ‘I am nature!'”

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Hanging Dead Brown Leaf on Wall

HANGING BROWN LEAF STILL LIFE

Title:  “Hanging Dead Brown Leaf on Wall”.

Date: 25 July 2017.

Place:  Penang, Malaysia.

Genre:  Environmental Still Life.

Serendipity.  I love serendipity.  Things that just happen, like this leaf, seemingly to hang in mid-air, but it actually got caught on the wooden support of a metal wall.  I just happen to notice it, as I do, and had my camera, as usual, to enable me to create this photograph.

I just uploaded this one to my photo library representative’s website (arcangel.com), and it is waiting to be reviewed.  However, here is a link that may send you to see some of my other images at the website.

Nawfal Johnson @ Arcangel Photo Library

That is a search result link to my name, Nawfal Johnson, when entered at arcangel.  I think it should work, at least, for awhile.

The strangest thing about working with a Photo Library is that much of the time, I cannot anticipate which images will be accepted.  I often guess wrong.  And, the acceptance percentage is quite low.  The last batch I uploaded for inspection, 3 out of 16 images were accepted for inclusion into the library.  The ones I thought would be a “for sure”, were rejected.  The three that were approved, I would not have guessed they would be.

VERY strange.  However, they have their reasoning.

Anyway, that’s about all for now.

When serendipity happens, I’m happy, as long as I’m around when it happens…and, if I have my camera.

NAWFAL JOHNSON IMAGEKIND FINE ART PRINT & CANVAS SALES GALLERY SITE

NAWFAL JOHNSON IMAGEKIND FINE ART PRINT & CANVAS SALES GALLERY SITE:

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Please click HERE to go to my imagekind sales gallery.

⊙ I presently have 1,837 Fine Art Photographs for sale as Archival Prints and Gallery quality Canvas.

BLUE ICE ABSTRACT, EDIT D, Abstract Photography by Nawfal Johnson

ABSTRACT PHOTOGRAPHY DESCRIPTION: Title: "BLUE ICE ABSTRACT, EDIT D”.  Creation Date:  14 DEC 2014. Series Name: “ABSTRACT ICE”. Series Year: 2007 TO PRESENT (On-Going). Collection:  ABSTRACT PHOTOGRAPHY. Collection Years: 2013 to Present (On-Going). [This series was only added to this collection around 2013]. Mediums: Digital Photography. Influence:  n/a Material:  ICE Dimension: n/a Copyright 2014 Nawfal Johnson. All Rights Reserved. Penang, Malaysia. No Unauthorized Use!
ABSTRACT PHOTOGRAPHY
DESCRIPTION:
Title: “BLUE ICE ABSTRACT, EDIT D”.
Creation Date: 14 DEC 2014.
Series Name: “ABSTRACT ICE”.
Series Year: 2007 TO PRESENT (On-Going).
Collection: ABSTRACT PHOTOGRAPHY.
Collection Years: 2013 to Present (On-Going).
[This series was only added to this collection around 2013].
Mediums: Digital Photography.
Influence: n/a
Material: ICE
Dimension: n/a
Copyright 2014 Nawfal Johnson.
All Rights Reserved.
Penang, Malaysia.
No Unauthorized Use!
PRINT SALES GALLERY URL: http://www.imagekind.com/BLUE-ICE-ABSTRACT-EDIT-D_art?imid=3673d4c4-181c-41ee-89e6-c3baf89d6733

New Theme at my other Blog I’m Using More Nowadays – Please Visit and Bookmark my OTHER PHOTO BLOG

Here is the link to my other photography and artwork blog:

http://nawfalnur.wordpress.com/

I have been having problems adding Media files to this theme at this blog, and I don’t need that added frustration, so I have switched to using my other blog, and it seems to be working much better. 

Thus, if you haven’t already done so, please visit my other BEHIND THE LENS photo-blog, and bookmark, RSS, or whatever you need to do to keep track of it and when I add new content, which is about everyday, or two…

I will NOT totally abandon this blog, but will give it a ‘vacation’ – maybe I have just been working it too hard, and now I will give it a rest.

Thanks so much!

3-MOONS, EDIT E by Nawfal Johnson

Title: "3-MOONS, EDIT E". Creation Date: 12 October 2014. Collection: ABSTRACT PAINTED PHOTOGRAPHIC ART. Collection Years: 2013 to Present (On-Going). Copyright 2014 Nawfal Johnson. All Rights Reserved. Penang, Malaysia. No Unauthorized Use!

Title: “3-MOONS, EDIT E”.
Creation Date: 12 October 2014.
Collection: ABSTRACT PAINTED PHOTOGRAPHIC ART.
Collection Years: 2013 to Present (On-Going).
Copyright 2014 Nawfal Johnson.
All Rights Reserved.
Penang, Malaysia.
No Unauthorized Use!

Print Sales Site: http://www.imagekind.com/3-MOONS-EDIT-E_art?imid=f4f415d3-58f1-445e-bb67-f41b35fb3864

4-KNOBBY SQUARES, EDIT C

Title: "4-KNOBBY SQUARES, EDIT C". Creation Date: 6 Oct 2014. Collection: PHOTOGRAPHS DESIGNED WHILE WANDERING AROUND PENANG. Genre: Urban Colour Field; Abstract Photography; a bit of Cubism. Copyright 2014 Nawfal Johnson. All Rights Reserved. No Unauthorized Use!

Title: “4-KNOBBY SQUARES, EDIT C”.
Creation Date: 6 Oct 2014.
Collection: PHOTOGRAPHS DESIGNED WHILE WANDERING AROUND PENANG.
Genre: Urban Colour Field; Abstract Photography; a bit of Cubism.
Copyright 2014 Nawfal Johnson.
All Rights Reserved.
No Unauthorized Use!

A FEW NEW PHOTOGRAPHS FROM NAWFAL JOHNSON – JUST TRYING IN SOME SMALL WAY TO CATCH UP

Title: "O ABSTRACT, EDIT   C". Creation Date: 30 Sept   2014. Collection: MIRRORED   ABSTRACT PHOTOGRAPHY. Collection Years: 2013 -   2014. Copyright 2014 Nawfal   Johnson. All Rights Reserved. Penang, Malaysia. NO Unauthorized Use!

Title: “O ABSTRACT, EDIT
C”.
Creation Date: 30 Sept
2014.
Collection: MIRRORED
ABSTRACT PHOTOGRAPHY.
Collection Years: 2013 –
2014.
Copyright 2014 Nawfal
Johnson.
All Rights Reserved.
Penang, Malaysia.
NO Unauthorized Use!

DEMON and FLOWERS, Number 1, Edit C by Nawfal Johnson

Title: DEMON and FLOWERS, Number 1, Edit C. Creation Date: 6 September 2014. Collection: MIRRORED ABSTRACT PHOTOGRAPHY Collection Years: 2010 to Present (On-Going). Copyright 2014 Nawfal Johnson. All Rights Reserved. Penang, Malaysia. WEB: https://smokephotographist.wordpress.com  "MIRRORED ABSTRACT PHOTOGRAPHY" is a collection of colour and Black & White, abstract images that are designed with a mirrored effect.  Sometimes the mirrored image is an exact opposite-duplicate for both sides.  However, in some cases, one half is ALMOST a mirrored duplicate - with a few compositional differences. At times, my final artwork will resemble what seem mysterious forms and ominous images, even scary, or evil representations. Nevertheless, the viewer of my portfolio can decide for themselves what they see in these MIRRORED ABSTRACT PHOTOGRAPHY images.

Title: DEMON and FLOWERS, Number 1, Edit C.
Creation Date: 6 September 2014.
Collection: MIRRORED ABSTRACT PHOTOGRAPHY
Collection Years: 2010 to Present (On-Going).
Copyright 2014 Nawfal Johnson.
All Rights Reserved.
Penang, Malaysia.
WEB: https://smokephotographist.wordpress.com
“MIRRORED ABSTRACT PHOTOGRAPHY” is a collection of colour and Black & White, abstract images that are designed with a mirrored effect. Sometimes the mirrored image is an exact opposite-duplicate for both sides. However, in some cases, one half is ALMOST a mirrored duplicate – with a few compositional differences. At times, my final artwork will resemble what seem mysterious forms and ominous images, even scary, or evil representations. Nevertheless, the viewer of my portfolio can decide for themselves what they see in these MIRRORED ABSTRACT PHOTOGRAPHY images.

This is my ‘Dark Period’.
These are dark times….
The sun is engulfed by gloom.
A gloom that is a bottomless pit.
Anyone who has never been to this place will never understand it.
Anyone who has been there, will surely sympathize, because they will understand the demons that haunt and the blackness that spreads with every cell division in your body.
And it feels like you are alone – no one gives a flying shit about you or the pain you face; they care neither about your physically caused pain, nor the mental struggles that keep you locked up like a prisoner in your own shell of a skin. 
You feel like shouting at the world, but your shouts come out with only silence because there are none who care…none who give a damn. 
Joy…What is Joy?  Joy has abandoned me – you too will understand this if you have lived through this hell:  Depression  is a bottomless pit of gloom, misery, a soul-energy-wasting demon that never sleeps.  Evil is busy – it never sleeps….it never sleeps.

~ Nawfal Johnson ~

People tell and advise you never to expose negative thoughts and feelings about yourself, for God sakes never do that, or possible clients and employers will see it and they will shun you like you are Typhoid-Mary!  Probably true.  Well, F’that!  I am just an expressive artist who is having the worst shit of a time in my entire life, at 49, and nothing I do seems to be working or helping. 

However, when did art not become an expressive way of expressing yourself?  When did poetry or writing NOT become a personal expression of life, your life as it is today when you write it? 

If I had a theme song in my life right now, that I could just put on repeat, it would be Pink Floyd’s “Comfortably Numb.”  But they would need to change it to “Un-Comfortably Numb” to fit better.

 

 

WET BROWN LEAF ON WET CONCRETE # 1, Edit C

Title: WET BROWN LEAF ON WET CONCRETE # 1, Edit C. Creation Date: 28 Aug 2014. Genre: Environmental Digital Still Life. Collection: NATURAL ORGANIC STILL LIFE PHOTOGRAPHY. Collection Years: 2007 to Present (On-Going). Camera Used: circa., 2005 CANON Powershot A620, 7.1MP Point-And-Shoot Camera. Setting Control: Macro. Distance: About 8 inches away from subject. Flash: Internal flash -.5. Mode: Aperture Priority. Copyright 2014 Nawfal Johnson. All Rights Reserved. Penang, Malaysia.

Title: WET BROWN LEAF ON WET CONCRETE # 1, Edit C.
Creation Date: 28 Aug 2014.
Genre: Environmental Digital Still Life.
Collection: NATURAL ORGANIC STILL LIFE PHOTOGRAPHY.
Collection Years: 2007 to Present (On-Going).
Camera Used: circa., 2005 CANON Powershot A620, 7.1MP Point-And-Shoot Camera.
Setting Control: Macro.
Distance: About 8 inches away from subject.
Flash: Internal flash -.5.
Mode: Aperture Priority.
Copyright 2014 Nawfal Johnson.
All Rights Reserved.
Penang, Malaysia.

“9-Seconds, Edit E – Still Life Table-top SFX Photography by Nawfal Johnson

Title:  "9-Seconds, Edit E". Creation Year: 2014. Copyright 2014 Nawfal Johnson. NAWFAL - PHOTOGRAPHIST. All Rights Reserved. Penang, Malaysia. Part of my "STUDIO STILL LIFE, FINE ART" Portfolio  . Portfolio Years:  1998 to Present (On-Going).

Title: “9-Seconds, Edit E”.
Creation Year: 2014.
Copyright 2014 Nawfal Johnson.
NAWFAL – PHOTOGRAPHIST.
All Rights Reserved.
Penang, Malaysia.
Part of my “STUDIO STILL LIFE, FINE ART” Portfolio .
Portfolio Years: 1998 to Present (On-Going).

A Field of Flowers for Zuhairah by Nawfal Johnson

Title: "A Field of Flowers for Zuhairah, Edit D".  Note about this Artwork:  Zuhairah is my niece and I just want to say, 'Thank You!'  So here is a field of wild flowers in an Impressionism style, for you.  Creation Year: 2014 Genre: Abstract Impressionism. Medium(s): Oil Pastels. Materials: Acid Free, 190 gsm weight, Fine Art Paper. Collection: The photographs in the "ABSTRACT PAINTED PHOTOGRAPHIC ART" Collection are fine art images that have been designed from my Abstract Expressionism and Abstract Impressionism paintings.  Also, some of the art photographs come from a Cubism style of painting and design. Basically, these photographs examine my paintings from a macro point-of-view.  These images are an amalgam of painting and photography, a skill that I am constantly sharpening.  The "ABSTRACT PAINTED PHOTOGRAPHIC ART" Collection is an On-Going Project.  It began in 2012, and I continue to add more work as I design new paintings. Collection Years:  2012 to Present (On-Going).  Copyright 2014 Nawfal Johnson All Rights Reserved. Penang, Malaysia.

Title: “A Field of Flowers for Zuhairah, Edit D”.
Note about this Artwork: Zuhairah is my niece and I just want to say, ‘Thank You!’ So here is a field of wild flowers in an Impressionism style, for you.
Creation Year: 2014
Genre: Abstract Impressionism.
Medium(s): Oil Pastels.
Materials: Acid Free, 190 gsm weight, Fine Art Paper.
Collection:
The photographs in the “ABSTRACT PAINTED PHOTOGRAPHIC ART” Collection are fine art images that have been designed from my Abstract Expressionism and Abstract Impressionism paintings. Also, some of the art photographs come from a Cubism style of painting and design. Basically, these photographs examine my paintings from a macro point-of-view. These images are an amalgam of painting and photography, a skill that I am constantly sharpening.
The “ABSTRACT PAINTED PHOTOGRAPHIC ART” Collection is an On-Going Project. It began in 2012, and I continue to add more work as I design new paintings.
Collection Years: 2012 to Present (On-Going).
Copyright 2014 Nawfal Johnson
All Rights Reserved.
Penang, Malaysia.

Jenan Portraiture – Minimally-Formal by Nawfal Johnson

Jenan Portraiture - Minimally-Formal by Nawfal Johnson. Copyright 2014 Nawfal Johnson. All Rights Reserved. Penang, Malaysia.

Jenan Portraiture – Minimally-Formal by Nawfal Johnson.
Copyright 2014 Nawfal Johnson.
All Rights Reserved.
Penang, Malaysia.