Nawfal Nur Fine Art Photography

THE GREATEST GIFT YOU CAN GIVE YOURSELF AS A PHOTOGRAPHER

So, what is one of the GREATEST GIFTS you can give yourself as a Photographer?

☆ No…it is not a new fancy expensive camera!

The “greatest” gift you can give yourself as a Photographer is actually FREE! YES, FREE! But, it is a bit difficult to use without the skills to use it.

☆ The Answer: The ability and skill to edit out, and trash, ALL of your Crap-Photos!”


Yes, you read correctly—Your Ability and Willingness to Trash Your Sucky Photos is one of the best photography skills you should give to yourself (learn)!

You are doing yourselves a disservice if you do not learn and stick by this priceless skill of editing your photos like a beast! You will also be doing your part as a Green Photographer, by not polluting the overpopulated country known as InternetPhotoLand, with photo-garbage. Everyone should do their part, but so few seem responsible enough.


So, if you were hoping I was going to say, go out and gift yourself a new camera, no, that’s not the answer to horrible photography.

Here’s what you can do:

1) Learn to take good photographs with whatever equipment you have now. That means, learn the basics, train your eye to see more interesting subjects, learn to compose better in the frame, and learn about lighting.

2) When you are editing your images, be an Editing Beast! If the photo is not in-focus, not composed well, has HORRIBLE lighting, is BORING, and any other number of minus-qualities, then trash it and move along. Editing software can save some poor images, but it is better to start with a pretty good image to begin with, and then tweak it to your desired results.

There are simply too many bad and boring photos out there, so why settle by adding more to that depository. Instead, be a better Photographer….Take better photographs.

So there….

A few of my thoughts on a great gift to give yourself if you are a Photographer.

Holy Smokes Batman! Don’t talk to me about Passion and Photography!

Yeah…you heard me right.

Please, Don’t talk to me about Passion and Photography!

How many times have you heard, “Photography is my passion“?

Breathing, is my passion.

Ya’know what…I’m not sure I have a passion.

I know I have a madness, that madness, I think, is that I need to Photograph ‘stuff’ if I have a camera in my hands . I also need to create Abstract Expressionism artwork if I have paper and pens at my ready, and some time to use, to create such “mad” artwork.

Sometimes, I DON’T necessarily want to, or love what I am photographing, but I do it because it seems to just be a part of me, and if I have the tools (camera, some light, etc.), so then, the possibility of discovery is there for me. However, photography is not always good for me, and I think therefore, it is more of madness, rather than a passion. Artwork is something that just happens as a result of the Photography Madness, or, Pen-Art Madness. I knew a long time ago that I have an abstract mind. Abstract for me, is a rather good thing. Thus, not all madness is bad.

For these various reasons, and being rather cynical about things in general, is why I question the millions of times people say, “Photography is my Passion,” “Painting is my Passion,” “Dance is my Passion,” “Singing is my Passion,”….Are you sure?

I’m just sort of tired of hearing “Photography” and “Passion” being used in the same sentence. If you take some extra time to think about it, and be more honest with yourself, maybe your artwork of choice, is actually something other than a passion. Or, maybe it is a passion for real, for you.

See Nawfal Johnson Nur Fine Art Photography at Imagekind!

☆ See a mixture of my Fine Art Photography at Imagekind — Click on the Link Below:

Nawfal Johnson Nur Fine Art Abstract Photography

‘BLUE OVER PURPLISH-GREY, No 1, Edit E’ Creation Date: 8 September 2014 Collection: URBAN COLOUR FIELD ART PHOTOGRAPHY

BLUE OVER PURPLISH-GREY, No. 1, Edit E

Description Title: ‘BLUE OVER PURPLISH-GREY, No. 1, Edit E’.  Creation Date: 8 September 2014.  Collection: URBAN COLOUR FIELD ART PHOTOGRAPHY. Collection Years: 2013 to Present (On-Going). Copyright Right 2014 Nawfal Johnson.  All Rights Reserved.  Penang, Malaysia.

IRITIS ABSTRACTS SERIES THE IRITIS COLLECTION by NAWFAL JOHNSON

The IRITIS ABSTRACTS Series – THE IRITIS COLLECTION 2013

Collection:  THE IRITIS COLLECTION.
Collection History:  Sept – Nov 2013.
Series Title:  IRITIS ABSTRACTS.
Series Number:  3.
Works in Series:  Three.

This has nothing to do with my series, IRITIS ABSTRACTS, but I just realized that I have crossed over 100,000 Views for my blog – DING! – 100,070 to be exact.  I don’t know if that is anything big, probably not since some photographers get 50,000 or more visits to their website or blog every month (e.g., Joe McNally).

OK, I guess for me it is a big deal since I have no fame.  Thus, for this unknown Photographic Artist it is pretty good, and I WASN’T going to say “Emerging Photographic Artist“.  I’m not even sure what “Emerging” means?

What is that…”Emerging?”

When I hear “Emerging” and “Artist” used in the same sentence I automatically visualize someone coming out of the ground, like some creature from beyond “emerging” from the tombs of the deep, or something like that.  I get shivers when I see that hand with the dirty, cracked fingernails sticking out of the ground, and maybe a finger bone showing where skin used to be, ARGH!  Yeap:  that picture pretty much freaks me out.  So anyway…Why not just refer to lesser-known artists as…Artists?

And, I’ve been bothered by something else (so many things really, but this stands out).  Why do Photographers always have to tell you that they are “Photographers”?  In addition, Photographers usually must place the word “Photography” on their works, and websites, and it must also be in the URL of their Internet address.  Let’s use Billy Bob as our example:  he would naturally put, “Billy Bob Joe Briggs Photography.”  And I must ask:  “Why is that?”

Isn’t it obvious that when you are looking as a photograph, the viewer already knows it is a photograph?  And, wouldn’t the artisan who created the photograph be a “photographer”?  It is implied and somewhat obvious that when you see a photograph, the viewer already knows a Photographer made the work.

Painters don’t go around labeling their works with:  Billy Bob Joe Briggs  –  Painter.  Painters sign their name…only…and maybe their name and the year the work was done.  I’m not sure why this bothers me, but it does for some reason.  Just think if Painters did the same thing throughout history:

“GROG – Cave Painter – 4,000 BC – Check out my Cave Woman Etchings!”
“Van Gogh – Master Painter – ‘Good Grief!  Couldn’t people have seen what a talent I was when I was alive – for God’s Sakes!!!'”
“van Dyck – Master Painter – Check out the awesomeness of my subjects’ clothing in the paintings!”
“John Singer Sargent – Just Master Painter.”

You see:  Painters throughout time never did that!

And, I’m not sure where this is coming from, but here’s a quote you can live by:

Don’t believe everything you see on the Internet.”
Abraham Lincoln (said that – and Honest Abe was one smart cookie!  🙂   )

So, we have Billy Bob and his various professional occupations:

Billy Bob Joe Briggs – Plumber.

Billy Bob Joe Briggs – Brain Surgeon.

Billy Bob Joe Briggs – Gynecologist.

Billy Bob Joe Briggs – Rocket Scientist.

Billy Bob Joe Briggs – Photographer.

“Billy Bob Joe Briggs – Dude with a Mechanical and Electrical Device Used to Capture Light that Reflects off of everything to one degree or another to create visual representations of what the device is pointing at.”

Ah-Ha!  Maybe I could put that one on my photos, and also register that as my new URL!  Well, note to self:  Replace your name in place of Billy Bob’s.

Who cares…

I don’t care:  Really!  My whole way of seeing things is royally-fracked up now anyway [yes, I am a fan of the newest rendition of Battlestar Galactica.   What happened to the NEW series in the BG franchise, the prequel, “BLOOD & CHROME”?

I’m a bit grumpy now.  I guess I’m having trouble getting use to a new-normal.

“George!  Wipe that dirt off your face, man, come on this is a portrait session!  Oh wait, sorry George, the dirt is in my eyeball, my apologies.  Let’s continue.  CAN SOMEONE PLEASE GET ME SOME BUG SPRAY, THESE DAMNED MOSQUITOES ARE DRIVING ME FRICK’EN INSANE!”

  • Have you ever listened to Wolfgang’s “Requiem” at 6AM?  It seems very lively.  I should have that as my alarm in the morning.

But that is nothing compared to NEVERMORE‘S “This Godless Endeavor.” which is, in my opinion, the best Metal album ever recorded.


BORN – by Nevermore.

NEVERMORE – “BORN”
Track 1 from the album “THIS GODLESS ENDEAVOR.”
Video is Live at WACKEN 2006.
And it gets heavier thereafter.

Now for the IRITIS ABSTRACTS Series:

BUT FIRST….

Have you ever had one of those, “Where the hell is my razor?” mornings?

Well, I’m living it right now.  So, where the hell is my razor?  It was RIGHT HERE yesterday!

Yeah:  Have you ever noticed that when you lose something, that it was ALWAYS “RIGHT HERE” before you lost it.

Where is “Right Here,” exactly?

Well, it must be right here, that’s where I left it!”  You motion with wild-flinging arm gestures.

Please let me explain the meaning of, “Right Here“:  “Right Here” is,  anywhere in the house:  Not outside, but inside the house.

No, TO BE TOTALLY HONEST, Yesterday, I took my razor outside and buried it in the front yard, as I normally do, and to be on the safe side, I stuck a huge wooden stake in the ground, in the place where I safely buried my razor.  I also use that sharp wooden stake to poke at any EMERGING Artist Zombies who are waiting to stick their dirty-fingernail’ed hands out of the dank and musty earth to grab me – eat my brains – and then naturally, I transform into an Emerging Artist Zombie!  You see – I have the whole thing planned out.  Well, you fail to plan, and thus, plan to fail.  Not this time, NO SIREE BLUB!  I got this whole zombie global take-over thing all figured out.

THAT BEING THE CASE:  NO, I NEVER take my razor OUT THERE for safe keeping, because the dirty-hand will likely take my razor and I’ll never see it again.

So, “Right Here” means inside the house…somewhere…not outside…outside is, “OUT THERE“…NOT “Right Here!”

So, we have established that I left my razor, “Right Here,” not “Out There.”

And, it is also obvious that it is not my fault, “Someone Else” misplaced my razor!

So, “Someone Else” misplaced, lost, or stole my razor that was clearly placed “Right Here,” and not “Out There”…somewhere.

Hummmmmm……

After hours upon hours upon hours of lost energy spent searching with no results, you then fall into a Gollum-Rage:  “Where is My Precious!”  You scream!

And then, you obviously fall over the lip’s edge of a volcano’s mouth, and die in a very fiery and painfully quick death.  Or not…..

Well, it could happen…nothing is impossible you know.

So, where was I…

Oh, yes, the “IRITIS ABSTRACTS” Series…here they are (and THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS TO ME WHEN I GET UP TOO EARLY IN THE MORNING….rambling nonsense…………).

Title:  "IRITIS ABSTRACT, #1. Series:  IRITIS ABSTRACTS. Collection:  THE IRITIS COLLECTION. Collection History:  Sept - Nov 2013. Copyright 2013 Nawfal Johnson.

Title: “IRITIS ABSTRACT, #1.
Series: IRITIS ABSTRACTS.
Collection: THE IRITIS COLLECTION.
Collection History: Sept – Nov 2013.
Copyright 2013 Nawfal Johnson.

Title:  "IRITIS ABSTRACT, #2. Series:  IRITIS ABSTRACTS. Collection:  THE IRITIS COLLECTION. Collection History:  Sept - Nov 2013. Copyright 2013 Nawfal Johnson.

Title: “IRITIS ABSTRACT, #2.
Series: IRITIS ABSTRACTS.
Collection: THE IRITIS COLLECTION.
Collection History: Sept – Nov 2013.
Copyright 2013 Nawfal Johnson.

Title:  "IRITIS ABSTRACT, #3. Series:  IRITIS ABSTRACTS. Collection:  THE IRITIS COLLECTION. Collection History:  Sept - Nov 2013. Copyright 2013 Nawfal Johnson.

Title: “IRITIS ABSTRACT, #3.
Series: IRITIS ABSTRACTS.
Collection: THE IRITIS COLLECTION.
Collection History: Sept – Nov 2013.
Copyright 2013 Nawfal Johnson.

TWO RUSTY BOLTS

"TWO RUSTY BOLTS Go into a Bar, and the Sociopathic one demands of his Minion."  Yeah, so what, strange title for an art photograph.  But, I can name it whatever I want, so there, alright!

“TWO RUSTY BOLTS”

“Most times, we look at objects for their utilitarian purpose. But as photographers, we regard them for their momentary visual appearance.” – Catherine Jo Morgan

Yes, I too see things for their momentary visual appearance and decide if it will make an interesting photograph to me.

The fact that an object attracts my eye is not surprising to me.  What surprises me is that another person will have no appreciation for such mundane objects and totally disregard them, either in real life, or as represented and interpreted in photographs.  They, the close-minded, I fear, just don’t get it.

Getting the Ball Rolling to Avoid Procrastination in Your Photographic Life.

Keeping the Ball Rolling…Heck, just getting the Ball Rolling, is a Great Way of getting things Planned, Worked On, and Completed in Photography and your Photographic Life.

Know the true value of time; snatch, seize, and enjoy every moment of it. No idleness, no laziness, no procrastination: never put off till tomorrow what you can do today.
Lord Chesterfield

Procrastination is opportunity’s assassin.
Victor Kiam

COMING APART, Dance In Motion, Edit C_DSC4303, NJN667
[ “Coming Apart” – Dance in Motion.  2012, Nawfal Johnson Nur]

It is really easy to fall into the trap of, “When the situation is right, then I’ll get to it.”  Or, “When the situation is just right, I’ll continue those photography projects that are lying dormant in my rusty mind.”  Or, “When I get that equipment, ahhhhh, then I’ll have everything necessary doing that photography.”

Those are all great things to say if you never want to get anything done, or accomplish something.

Procrastination kills the creative spirit.  Getting stuck in the damned dam that encircles your comfort zone also kills your spirit!  As the commander of your own life, you have stepped on purpose, or by accident over a long time, into a Major Cluster F&^K!  In fact, if you never make the effort to escape the procrastination villain, then you might as well change your name to Major Cluster F&^K.

Sometimes, you just need to say, “Enough is enough, to hell with it, it’s already in me, and if it isn’t, then I’ll find that out when I’m working on the project, but at least I will have gone out and done something… to discover something about the world, and perhaps more importantly, to discover something major about myself.”

As Brooks Jensen (Editor and Publisher of LENSWORK), says often, if you’re not falling on your face very often, then you’re not doing very much, because it is the photographers who try and fail a lot who are getting places.

Well, these posts are usually just therapy for me, but if you get some good use from them, then that’s an added benefit.  I just modified an old (maybe 17-years old) Vivitar Flash unit and I plan to see what kind of results it will produce with the new attachment mods.  I also plan on looking thru my camera bags and seeing what exactly I use 90% of the time.  That should give me a good indication what is in my bags that are less useful photographically, but are just adding poundage to my pack, and strain on my already strained back.  No need to take paperweights around with me – seriously.

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.

PENANG TREES – A New eFolio by Nawfal Johnson Nur

I just completed and published a new eFolio collection of Abstract Expressionism Photography.

All the abstract images, originally, were photographs of trees I discovered along Anson Road in Georgetown, Penang, Malaysia.  Some of the images from this eFolio are below – Thanks for your Visit!

The bit.ly link is this:  http://bit.ly/LZrbEc

 

PENANG TREES, Abstract Trees, v1, Edit C-folio

PENANG TREES, Abstract Trees, v2, Edit B-folio

PENANG TREES, Abstract Trees, v3, Edit B-folio

PENANG TREES, Abstract Trees, v4, Edit D-folio

PENANG TREES, Abstract Trees, v5, Edit B-folio

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.

ABSTRACT ME

Nawfal, SELF-PORTRAIT, 2012-02-02, Edit G, Head Shot, NJN665

ABSTRACT ME – 2012 SELF-PORTRAIT

At least ONCE a year, I design a new self-portrait; not for any amount or reason for ego’s sake, or for self-absorption.  The fact that I usually only do this once a year, should explain away any need to use myself as “subject”. 

Self-portraits, for me, are more a learning process.  I ask myself:  “OK, what strange thing can I do to produce an interesting self-portrait…this year.”  I like paint, painting and art, so I thought I would just use myself as the canvas and make an “Abstract Me” for my 2012 Self-Portrait.

THE WORST PART

The worst thing about paint on skin is when it starts to dry – feels strange, uncomfortable, and of course, it is a mess.  Once I was painted up, I needed the help of an assistant, but there are a few things I did prior to the painting.

The camera and lighting need to be set up and exposures tested ahead of the self-painting.  Once painted, I had to work fast, and get the assistance of an assistant to press the shutter button. 

The shutter speed was 1/50 sec, and the aperture was f/11.  I used the internal flash set at –3.0, of course, aimed directly.  On camera-right, I used a 600-Watt studio light without any light modification – it was set at 1/2 power.

REDISCOVERY OF FULLY MANUAL – THOUGHT-PROVOKING TECHNICALITIES

I am so glad that I re-discovered my NIKKOR 35-70, f/3.3 lens:  It is the lens I used for this self-portrait.  It is an EXTREMELY thought-provoking lens.  By “thought-provoking” I mean that it is an auto-focus lens, but using it with my newer NIKON camera body, it is TOTALLY manual. 

There is a story that goes along with this lens: long-ago, when I got this lens, it developed fungus on one of the inner most lens elements.  Therefore, I totally dismantled the lens, element by element, and hand cleaned each piece of glass, and then reassembled the lens.  Unfortunately, I damaged the auto-focus electronics at some point in my lens home surgery. 

Therefore, when using this lens with my new NIKON camera body, there is NO auto focus – NO auto exposure – and NO auto TTL Flash:  It is FULLY MANUAL.  I think it is so awesome that I have a lens that makes me think like a photographer again.  There is NO Auto anything, so I have to calculate everything, pre-focus, and guesstamate my exposure settings, making test shots to pre-focus, tweak exposure settings, and plan my flash set-ups.

SO THERE…

So there it is, my 2012 Self-Portrait. 

The Art Photo I Almost Lost

Rocks, No. 3608, Edit C, by Nawfal Johnson Nur, 2011.

Rocks, No. 3608, Edit C, by Nawfal Johnson Nur, 2011.

If, your computer starts acting “funny”, and you don’t have ALL your new photos backed up on external storage – do it, do it now!  I had worked on this photograph for some time, and then, yesterday, my computer started showing me the dreaded “Blue Screen of Death and Destruction!”  It took some trips to “Safe Mode” land and some registry fixing to get the computer half-way stable.

At least, I have been able to off-load all new photographs to external hard-drives.

I know that computer crashes are not usually predictable.  The key, I think, is to automatically save to external drives immediately.  I should NOT assume that the computer will start and continue to work, when I need it to.

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!