NAWFAL JOHNSON – PHOTOGRAPHIST

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.

The death of a beloved cat, Ramadhan, and Ankylosing Spondylitis

The death of a beloved cat, Ramadhan, and Ankylosing Spondylitis.

 

Let me start by asking this question: What do all three of those seemingly unrelated subjects have in common (the three things listed in the title above)? It’s rhetorical, so don’t feel badly if you did not guess correctly.

Yesterday, our family lost the matriarch of our cat colony – Salimah Bee Bee: She was 13 and half years old. In most regards, she was, and always had been “THE BEST CAT”: Well-behaved, always used the cat box, was patient with her clan members, loving toward us, mothered the small ones, and was just the sweetest and best Tortie-White EVER!

SALIMAH BEE, No1, Edit C, 16Dec09

SALIMAH BEE BEE, No1, Edit C, 16Dec09. Copyright 2009 Nawfal Johnson ~ All Rights Reserved.

This is a photo of Salimah Bee Bee from 2009.

She had suffered from breast cancer for several months. Yes, now you know; if you did not know before, animals can get breast cancer. By the time Salimah died, the tumors had ravaged a lot of her.

We wanted to give her the best life possible: she loved life. She loved food. Even with cancer, when it came to mealtime, you would think there was nothing at all wrong with her. If you would put her cancerous condition compared to a human with the same amount of cancer, I’m sure the human would not have even been able to sit upright. Nevertheless, Salimah was still running, jumping, eating, looking outside, rolling around on the hot cement (something she loved to do) and dreaming of catching birds.

It is the month of Ramadhan – Fasting Month:

About 24 hours before yesterday when she died, her health had begun to deteriorate drastically. Thus, it was yesterday that we had decided that it would probably be best to have her be put to sleep. Salimah made it to the veterinary’s office, but before the Vet could even begin the procedure, she had already died.

Being that it is ‘Fasting Month’ – we (the family) were all physically stressed from lack of water, tired, emotionally stressed, and after her death, extremely sad.

I have dug a lot of burial plots for our dearly departed furry family members, but I can’t remember digging one during Ramadhan. Yesterday it was extremely hot: I don’t know the exact degrees, but it was probably in the 90’s (F), and it was very humid.

For my cats, I must always prepare the burial spot just as a cemetery worker does for any dearly departed Muslim family member. I do not make distinctions between the importance of non-furry and furry family members. Not everyone feels the same way about ‘pets’.

I do not like the word, ‘pet’ – it sounds very servile or second-class. I prefer the term ‘furry family member’. Of course, that could refer to your old, Uncle George who has an extraordinary amount of back hair, but in this case, I’m talking about the four-legged family members.

STRESS, BODILY EXERTION, and ANKYLOSING SPONDYLITIS:

Being dehydrated and having a Rheumatoid arthritis disease, like the one I own, ankylosing spondylitis, creates havoc and extra pain throughout the ‘joints system’ of the body. Leave it to be, I wasn’t going to let my bodily pain shortcut the efforts to provide Salimah Bee Bee with a good and proper burial. Thus, I proceeded with as much gusto as I could muster, to make things just right.

Her body was placed into the cube that I dug out of the somewhat dark, clayey-hard soil. I recited Al-Fatihah for her, and recited several other prayers asking God, wishing, and hoping that her soul was peaceful and at rest.

At about 7:30pm (approximately), with the words of the Ahdzan filling the airwaves, coming from the local mosques, we broke our fast. The day was coming to an end, a sad end. For me, it was a sad and painful end.

ANKYLOSING SPONDYLITIS and BURIALS

This morning, I woke up at the sound of my alarm at 4:30am, to have my suhoor, which is the breakfast meal before beginning fasting. It felt like every joint in my spine, my knees, my shoulders, and my legs were super-glued – just pushing myself to move was causing a solid “8.5” on the Pain Scale! This is what a ‘morning-after’ is like for an ankylosing spondylitis sufferer when a burial is performed the day before.

I really tried to stay up-and-awake to get to my day of work. I just couldn’t take the pain. I couldn’t even sit in my work chair – it was so uncomfortable and excruciating!

During fasting, no medications are allowed to be taken during your fast.  Thus, I usually schedule taking my pain medications for right before beginning my fast, and shortly after ending my fast. This morning I made sure to take my meds., but there was no relief.

This entire day, I felt so horribly and physically achy, that I could hardly get out of bed. I went back to sleep at around 9:00am, and only got up a couple of times between that time and the time when we break fast in the evening.

Of course, I would not have changed a thing about the ways and efforts I did for Salimah Bee Bee. The shocker for me, however, was how horribly affected I would be today. It was like the day didn’t happen – where did the day go?

So now you know the connections among the Death of a Loved Furry Family Member; the Struggles Faced during Fasting Month; and that of Suffering from Ankylosing Spondylitis.


 

On a side-note:

I am so backlogged with work that I have not published to my photo-blog! It is crazy! I have paintings and photographs from April that have not been shown yet. I want to get it all uploaded to my Sales Gallery at http://nawfalnur.imagekind.com/ and at the same time, to show the images here at my https://smokephotographist.wordpress.com/ photo-blog.

I think that the time it takes me to do tasks is the main culprit that causes my delays: Time and the Speed of my Internet connection are the main issues! LOLOL!

Well, I’ll do my best because I just need to get these things accomplished. With the death of my Salimah, it is a reminder that our time on this earth is very limited and we need to get as much accomplished and enjoy our time to the best of our abilities and efforts.