Nawfal Nur Photography Journal

A Total The Black Dahlia Murder Day so Far! Music Reflections of Mood and Creative Inspiration for Me as a Photographist

It is a total, The Black Dahlia Murder day so far! Music is a Reflection of Mood and a Creative Inspiration for Me as a Photographist—Music is Personal.


I’m not a fan of all Death Metal music. However, there are certain bands that simply have a great creative-chemistry and great musicianship. I know that Death Metal may sound harsh to some people, but to me, if done with professionalism, like The Black Dahlia Murder (TBDM), then the music, for me, is creatively inspirational, and it may in fact, resonate with my mood and help me to be inspired to get my own creative work going.

Brandon Ellis is probably one of the best lead Death Metal guitarists (IMHO). His riffs and solos are excellent, and technical. I agree with one reviewer recently who said that in TBDM songs, Ellis’s solos could end at one point and be Very Good, but he throws in even more to the compositions that lead to extended GREAT solos. He is, in my opinion, one of the Great Contemporary metal guitarists, and a great member to a band of talented musicians. Their music is aggressive and it creates a wonderful punch, like a melodic, driving wall-of-sound.

An Auditory Nudge

I do feel more motivated to get moving on work when given an auditory nudge with the right music for the moment. Sometimes, the right music may be TBDM, NEVERMORE, The Haunted, and very often, I am inspired by VIVALDI, Mozart, or Klein. I love Classical Violin and Cello Concertos—VIVALDI being my Favourite.

So, I am feeling a bit more inspired now to actually get some work done, and that is much better than feeling overwhelmed and sitting and staring at ALL OF THE tasks needing attention.

Wishing you an inspired and creative day!

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Big Move and Sit and Stare

Yeah, so, I’ve been moving house. What a glorious pain in the ass that has been!

Now, I know why I haven’t moved in 18 years! LMAO! It is a horrendous physical and mental stress.

I have moved about 98% of the things from the old house, but I still need to do some work at the old house too. I have stayed at the new house for three nights, and geez, it takes time getting used to a TOTALLY new environment. New unfamiliar sounds and all of that, and different neighbours.

I know now, or, I remember now, why people don’t move very often and that is because it is a huge godless task. Sure, the new location may be newer and all of that, but there are sacrifices along the way.

The most inconvenient sacrifice for me is transportation.

I don’t drive anymore!

I own Ménière’s Disease. I get dizzy and have Vertigo attacks without much warning. I feel that it is highly irresponsible of anyone who has a medical condition that can cause uncontrollable loss of balance, such as Ménière’s Disease, to be driving a 1-ton (or bigger) vehicle (or motorcycle) along busy roads, which can quickly become a 1-ton weapon if you lose control of it due to a sudden dizzy attack. That is my personal opinion, others with Ménière’s may disagree.


Yes, the sacrifices: My old house was near (a 1-block walk) to a bus stop. The best bus stop nearest to the new house, is a 1-kilometre walk away. There is a closer bus stop, but that route has fewer buses, and if I am not mistaken, the bus only arrives every 1 or 1 and a half hours—not so convenient. So, I have a choice of waiting a long time, or walking a long distance.

You may be saying, “Hey, 1 kilometre is not so far!”

I would reply with, “Hey, for someone like myself, with 4 types of Arthritis, YES, it is DAMNED FAR, and DAMNED Painful! I have A.S., R.A., Osteoporosis, and Cervical and Upper Thoracic Spondylosis. Believe me, while it may be good exercise, I will pay for it later in pain.

My other option is to take a GRAB wherever I need to go. GRAB is the UBER of Southeast Asia. That can get expensive very quickly! But, it is way cheaper than a Taxi.

Taxi drivers in Penang are notorious! LMAO! Their cars say “Metered Taxi”, MLMAO! In all my many years in Penang, the taxi drivers have NEVER EVER used their meters because it would benefit the passenger greatly. The taxi drivers just make up some TOTALLY ridiculous rate that is preposterous! And now, they bitch and moan about GRAB taking away their business. Well, they shouldn’t try so hard to ripoff their customers, and maybe people would take taxis. I wonder if they ever considered INTEGRITY to be part of their business?!?

☆ My advice to anyone visiting Malaysia is to download the GRAB app, and then use GRAB to get around. In Kuala Lumpur, you have more options, like the LRT, MRT, Monorail, the numerous train services that are fast, pretty convenient, and cheap. Sometimes, during peak hours, you may be packed like sardines in the LRT car, however, that is just how it goes. Oh well… I prefer the MRT (Mass Rapid Transit) System, but you just have to take whatever train goes to your specific location, and it may not be MRT.

So anyway, those are my new bus-travel options. Doable, but more inconvenient than before.


At the old house I was within walking distance (less than 1 kilometre) of 3 Shopping Complexes, and TESCO was only 1 Kilometre away.

Now, at the new location, I need to take transportation to get to any shopping complexes.


■ Oh well, the new house is newer and better than the old house, but for sure, there are convenience tradeoffs that I must contend with, and which are unavoidable.

◎ And Now, I Sit and Stare!

I sit and stare at all of the many boxes that need to be moved and unpacked, and the furniture that needs to be rearranged after clearing the boxes.

Sitting and staring is easier than moving the boxes; however, I do not have the mental ability to move objects with my mind, so I will need to gather up the willpower to physically move the boxes. It is a gradual endeavour, but it is getting done.

Wish me luck!

Abstract Green Broken Glass

Title: “Abstract Green Broken Glass”.

Creation Date: 3 January 2019

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I have over 85 Photography Series. I consider myself an Abstract Expressionism Photographist, and I have photographed in this style for 20 or more years. Believe it or not, up until just recently (mid-2018), I had not created an Abstract Expressionism Photography Series—In a way, that seems completely ludicrous to me!

Typically, all of my Abstract Expressionism photographic artworks have been designed for other photography series, so I guess I never thought there was a need for a photo series called, “Abstract Expressionism Photography“.

However, with my work titled, “Descent into Tartarus” (2018), I had no collections that were specifically appropriate for that artwork. And after searching my many series, I could not find one titled, Abstract Expressionism Photography! Therefore, that is how this series came into existence. It was a process of discovery: I discovered that I needed an “Abstract Expressionism Photography” series.

Anyone who follows my work will know that Jackson Pollock is my main artistic influence. Thus, my Abstract Expressionism Photography artworks are in the fashion of All-Over Painting, and my works are full of chaos, action, dynamic colours, and design.

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Clouds and Sun on 6 December 2018, Edit B Cloud-Art Photography Series by Nawfal Johnson Nur

Title: “Clouds and Sun on 6 December 2018, Edit B” .

Creation Date: 6 December 2018.

Genre: Cloud-Art Photography .


Collection Date: 2011 to Present (On-Going).

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Penang, Malaysia .

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Wynn Bullock

My need to design very dark shades of grey, is inherently within me already, as I love the use of very contrasty Back and White imagery. However, if one Photographer has influenced me with regards to the use of very contrasty Black and White Photography, it would probably be Wynn Bullock (April 18, 1902 – November 16, 1975), who used the effect of very contrasty imagery with much success.

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Abstract #1 on 27 November 2018, Edit C

Title: “Abstract #1 on 27 November 2018, Edit C.”

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Penang, Malaysia.
Original Medium: Oil Pastels.
Original Material: Art Paper.
Final Style and Medium: Mirrored (Rorschach) Ambidextrous Abstract Expressionism Photography.

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Abstract Fire #1, on 12 November 18

Title: “Abstract Fire #1, on 12 November 18”.

Series: Abstract Fire Photography.

Series Year: 2016-2018.

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Penang, Malaysia

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Rock Abstract in Shades of Blue and Grey, #1, Environmental Still Life

Title: “Rock Abstract in Shades of Blue and Grey, #1” *

Creation Date: 20 October 2018.
* This is a re-edited photograph from the original, which was photographed in 2016. This one has more vibrancy than the original photograph, especially in the blue tones of the stones. There is also an aquamarine tone in the rocks, but how freaking long of a title do I want, ANYWAY!?!

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COLLECTION: ENVIRONMENTAL_STILL_LIFE_PHOTOGRAPHY [Object Still Life Photography, designed while walking around Penang]. This essentially, is ENVIRONMENTAL STILL LIFE PHOTOGRAPHY. It is a record of capturing serendipity as it presents itself to me, as I go around Penang, to photograph.

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Creation Date: 30 September 2018

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I came up with the name for this series, FROM ROUGH TO SMOOTH, after closely observing my Abstract Paintings. I realized that the cotton canvas underneath the paint, is actually a little rough to the touch. However, once the acrylic or enamel paint is applied, and a protective clear coating is painted on top of the paint, the surface has become smooth. And thus, that is how I came up with this Series of Ambidextrous (Rorschach) Abstract Expressionism Photography artworks.
In addition, this series has an oddity to the artwork Numbering because I’m not sure where some pieces are—some may have been lost in a hard drive crash. Thus, the first artwork in this series is No4, so be assured that you are not imagining things. In addition, there is a big jump in the series from No12 to No20. I just arbitrarily named 20, 20, because I did not want to accidentally give another artwork in this series, the same number: Jumping ahead in the numbering to 20, seemed like a safe jump in the numbering system of this series. Perchance, one day, maybe I will find the missing artworks in the series, but at this time, where the missing pieces are, is a mystery.

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Creation Year: 2018

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Penang, Malaysia.

Series: Penang Wall Decay

Series Years: 2014 to 2018 (On-going).

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Azazel, Transmografication #10, Edit E, a Fire Portrait by Nawfal Johnson

Azazel, Transmografication #10, Edit E.

Creation Date: 12 September 2018.

Fire Portraits Series, by Nawfal Johnson (2016 – 2018).

Fire and Smoke-Art Photography.

Influenced by “To Reign in Hell“, by Steven Brust.

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In one account of the fall of the angels in the Book of Enoch, Azazel (Asa’el as in the Qumran texts) is the leader of the Watchers who educates humankind of heavenly secrets that lead humankind to sin. These teachings include making weapons of war and preparing cosmetics, which enabled the women to seduce the angels.

The angels then charge Asa’el before the Lord with crimes of revealing the heavenly secrets which mankind was not supposed to know. Raphael was then assigned to punish Asa’el by binding him hand and foot and throwing him into the darkness among the sharp and jagged rocks, where he would remain until the day of judgment when he would be hurled into the fire. The story then claims that “the whole earth has been corrupted by [Asa’el’s] teachings of his (own) actions; and write upon him all sin.” . It was because of Asa’el’s teachings that God sent the Flood to destroy the evil in the world including even the souls of the giants, so that all evil will be wiped away from the face of the earth. (Source:

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DIABOLICAE Imperatrix, Edit B, Fire Portraits by Nawfal Johnson

Title: “DIABOLICAE Imperatrix, Edit B”.

Creation Date: 11 September 2018.

“Fire Portraits” Series.

Years: 2016 – 2018.
Art Piece number in the FIRE PORTRAITS Series: 79.

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Penang, Malaysia

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Influence: “To Reign in Hell” novel by Steven Brust.

Art Photographs: Photography of fire shaped into Portrait-like imagery, of the characters, angels, in “To Reign in Hell”, written by Steven Brust.

Note 1: After doing the first art photo, I said to myself, “I’m seeing some faces from Brust’s novel in this image, and I need to investigate, and work this out further to see what develops.”

Note 2:
DIABOLICAE Imperatrix: “Diabolicae” is the Female Latin form of “Devilish“. “Imperatrix” is the Female form of the Latin word, “Imperator“, [which] derives from the stem of the verb imperare, meaning ‘to order, to command’.” (

DIABOLICAE Imperatrix is thus, a Devilish Female Commander in Hell.

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