Abstract Expressionism Photography

ABSTRACT LIGHT STREAKS #364

Title:  Abstract Light Streaks #364.

Final Edit & Creation Date: 22 July 2017.

“ABSTRACT LIGHT STREAKS” SERIES.

Series Years:  2015 – 2017.
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SERIES DESCRIPTION:

This is a collection of nighttime, time-exposure, light streak photography.  There is something about nighttime photography that I really like:  it allows me to make light fluid and I can make it twist and turn however I wish to get the effect I want.  There are some happy accidents too with this kind of photography. 
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LOCATION:

All of these photographs were created in Penang, Malaysia.
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Photography Genre:

  I would classify this as something I call, “Active (or Fluid-Light) Abstract Expressionism Photography.” 

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Copyright 2017 Nawfal Johnson.

All Rights Reserved.

Penang, Malaysia.

NO UNAUTHORIZED USE!

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Imagekind Art Photo #2,274.
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BLUE ORANGE ABSTRACT #2

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Title:  “BLUE ORANGE ABSTRACT #2”.
Genre:  Found Urban Abstract.
Creation Date:  27 Nov 2015.
Collection: Abstract Photography.
Location:  Georgetown, Penang, Malaysia.

Copyright 2015 Nawfal Johnson.
All Rights Reserved.
Georgetown, Penang, Malaysia.

Print Sales Site Link:
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TAGS:
#dry, #parched, #arid, #natural, #nature, #abstract, #cool, #earthtones, #Nawfal, #Johnson, #Nur, #Penang, #Malaysia, #mud, #cracks, #brown, #earth, #expressionism, #blue, #Orange, #expressionismincracks, #Georgetown, #cracksinpaint, #paintedabstract,

URBAN COLOUR-FIELD #1 ON 22 NOV 2015

imageURBAN COLOUR-FIELD PHOTOGRAPHY SERIES 2014 TO PRESENT.

Title: URBAN COLOUR-FIELD #1 ON 22 NOV 2015.
Creation Date: 22 November 2015.
Series Title:  URBAN COLOUR-FIELD.
Copyright 2015 Nawfal Johnson.
All Rights Reserved.
Penang, Malaysia.

Print Sales Site Link:
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TAGS:
abstract, colour, field, geometric, johnson, lines, Nawfal, photography, urban, #urban-colourfield, #expressionism, #modernism, #symmetry,

FRAGMENTED

My actions are fragmented.  Therefore, my mind seems fragmented.  This can and usually will, create chaos.  Since Imagekind has been down with problems, I’ve noticed more skipping in my tasks of editing and posting of new art photographs.

I count on Imagekind: it has been the only print on demand membership that has ever done me good through the sale of some of my art photographs.  I don’t even know why I bother with Saatchi—they’ve never done anything constructive for me, and in my honest opinion, it is a very pretentious web community.  Not that “Likes” and “Favorites” mean much of anything there at Saatchi, but I can get 200 views on a single art photograph and not a single like, or favorite.  Maybe they only see artwork as bowls of fruit painted in oils; maybe beautiful sunsets are their thing; or, perhaps people there prefer portraiture.  I don’t know, and frankly, I am caring less-and-less.

No matter, I honestly appreciate my WordPress Friends, and I appreciate Imagekind’s abilities (when they are not having technical issues).  I assume IK will have the bolts all tightened and ready to go…soon.

For now, I guess I will post my new works here (first), and then I will add these works to my IK sales gallery.

In the meantime, here is my IK Sales Gallery Link:
http://nawfalnur.imagekind.com

Here is a new LOOKING IN THE MIRROR Series, image. I left off at #7, so this is #8.

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Title:  LOOKING IN THE MIRROR #8.
CREATION MONTH/YEAR:  SEPT/2015.
Series:  LOOKING IN THE MIRROR.
Series Year: 2015.
Copyright 2015 Nawfal Johnson.
All Rights Reserved.
Penang, Malaysia.
Influence:  Maybe…Jackson Pollock.

Nawfal Johnson Nur ~ http://nawfalnur.imagekind.com/

ANKYLOSING SPONDYLITIS AWARENESS WALK (Unofficial and by myself) 7KMs Penang 21 August 2015

Yesterday, 21 August 2015, I decided it was time to attempt the 7 kilometer walk from my house to my late parent-in-laws house, here on Penang Island, Malaysia.  This was my ‘unofficial’ AS (Ankylosing Spondylitis) walk, which had two main purposes: 1) To raise awareness about AS; and 2) I would raise awareness of my work by creating photographs along the 7KM route. I would take that series of photographs and formulate a new blog entry about Ankylosing Spondylitis and show the images I designed on my walking trip.  It has been quite some time since I wrote a blog entry on AS, and I thought it was time to write a new blog entry to explain AS, the arthritic disease that I own—although…many days it owns me.

Ankylosing Spondylitis
There is no need for me to give a definition of AS of my own when the Mayo Clinic does a better job:

“The signs and symptoms of ankylosing spondylitis may include pain and stiffness in your lower back and hips, especially in the morning and after periods of inactivity. Over time, symptoms may worsen, improve or stop completely at irregular intervals.
The areas most commonly affected are:
The joint between the base of your spine and your pelvis.
The vertebrae in your lower back.
The places where your tendons and ligaments attach to bones, mainly in your spine, but sometimes along the back of your heel.
The cartilage between your breastbone and ribs.
Your hip and shoulder joints.”
(Source : http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/ankylosing-spondylitis/basics/symptoms/con-20019766 )

SPONDYLITIS.ORG

“Ankylosing spondylitis (pronounced ank-kih-low-sing spon-dill-eye-tiss), or AS, is a form of arthritis that primarily affects the spine, although other joints can become involved. It causes inflammation of the spinal joints (vertebrae) that can lead to severe, chronic pain and discomfort. In the most advanced cases (but not in all cases), this inflammation can lead to new bone formation on the spine, causing the spine to fuse in a fixed, immobile position, sometimes creating a forward-stooped posture. This forward curvature of the spine is called kyphosis. More information on kyphosis and fusion can be found in the complications section.

AS can also cause inflammation, pain and stiffness in other areas of the body such as the shoulders, hips, ribs, heels and small joints of the hands and feet. Sometimes the eyes can become involved (known as Iritis or Uveitis), and rarely, the lungs and heart can be affected.”  (Source : http://www.spondylitis.org/about/as.aspx )

My Personal Experiences With AS
I can tell you that it is a horrible and painful disease that I’ve had since I was 15 years old.  It is often referred to as an “Invisible (or “Unseen”) Disease” because people who suffer from AS can appear, on the surface, to be perfectly healthy.  What people can’t see is the tremendous pain that “Spondies” feel on an almost daily schedule.  People can’t see our suffering as we try to manage living life and praying that the pain, the stiffness, and the physical damage would just go away—but it doesn’t go away. 

I have been putting off the 7KM walk for AS AWARENESS, for weeks because I have felt so painful and depressed.  And yes, there is a strong correlation proven that AS patients have a high level of depression.  I have lived with AS for 13,009 days!  That is a lot of “PAIN DAYS!” 

I get Anterior Uveitis usually twice a year.  The last very serious case caused Pigment Dispersion (PD) on the inside of both of my eyes’ lenses; PD causing some  ‘vision blockage’ in my right eye.  This has been a difficult and depressing eye disease because I depend on my eyesight as a Photographer, and now my eyesight is noticeably damaged; nonetheless, I move forward with my photography.

Due to the stiffness in my lower lumbar spine, when I had a fall from an accident in mid-2004, some bones in my lumbar spine broke off, causing Spondylolisthesis (a slippage of the vertebrate bones from their proper positions), which caused nerve pinching, and then I couldn’t walk properly.  Thus, I had to have a Spinal Fusion of my lumbar spine: a 10-hour surgery, metal implants, loss of flexibility, learning to walk again, and a recovery period that lasted ALL of 2005.

I have no more joint material in my sacrum, this is called Sacroiliitis.

When I wake up in the morning, I cannot move my fingers due to the AS affecting my fingers. 

When I go see a movie, I’m one of the last to leave the theatre: after two hours of sitting and my knees lock up due to arthritic damage in my knees.

Some days I can’t move my head very much because I have compression of discs in my cervical spine.

Those are a few of the things I go through: many of these painful feelings and symptoms cannot be seen by others—the “Unseen Disease“.  Some Spondies suffer so much that it comes to a point where they are unable to work any more.  A lost livelihood can also be a Spondy’s ticket to becoming depressed.  Depression also leads to an exaggerated feeling of pain.  It is a very vicious cycle that feeds off of itself—a trap for which many Spondies have the potential of getting stuck.

So anyway…I have been putting off this walk because 7KM IS AN EXCRUCIATINGLY LONG WALK for someone with AS.  Nevertheless, and what the hell, I needed to do this thing! 

Here is a word of caution.  One reason I often hesitate to walk far from home base is because I always have to consider that if I walk somewhere, maybe just 1.5KM, to go to Gurney Plaza, for example, if my knee gives out on me while I’ve only gone halfway, it will be a vicious and slow walk back!  However this is not 1KM…it is 7KM!  That is crazy-far for a Spondy!  Don’t let AS stop you from moving about, but be aware of what your AS is telling you everyday: their are bad days, there are better than bad days, and surprisingly, there are some good days too!

THE AS WALK
I knew that the results of this AS Awareness Walk would give me a chance to produce a new series of abstract art photographs to accompany this discussion.  It is important for me to share what I know about my disease, and what I live with because of it.  I know that people who are newly diagnosed with AS can feel alone and depressed:  AS will change your life, and usually not in a good way.

I started out on my walk under partly sunny conditions; however, a thick dark wall of clouds were hovering over the hills…I should have known to take my umbrella.  However, I didn’t want to have more to carry and keep track of, so against my better judgement, I left my umbrella at home—BIG mistake!  The time was about 3:15PM.

Along my route, I found more than 20 interesting subjects to photograph. Each time I stopped to photograph was a blessed break from the walking.  I could take a photo, stretch a little, and then move forward on my way.  Nevertheless, I didn’t stay at any one spot for too long. 

Halfway along my route, after passing the Gurney Tower, the dark clouds were on the move and it started sprinkling. I knew I was in trouble at that point.  Within 5 minutes, it as raining.  Luckily, I had my trusty plastic courier bag with me for such occasions: I stored my camera in my camera bag, and then I put my bag inside the waterproof courier bag and tucked the bag under my arm. 

I stowed my camera away just in time because the rain began to pour down abruptly from that point onwards during my walk: my camera was safe but I quickly became a soaking mess with half of the journey to go…in the downpour.

I look back today, the day after the walk, and I’m glad I got enough photos to create a series, and that series of images are below.  I’m  also happy to share some words about AS with my blog readers: maybe it will be helpful for others struggling with this horrible form of arthritis. 

I’m not so thrilled about the extra pain I’m feeling today because of the walk, but I went into this adventure knowing from past experience that any exertion will cause suffering for one, two, or more days afterwards. 

By the way, my knee did give out about three blocks from the finish line: it was the most painful and wet three blocks of my life as I tried to take one good step with my left leg, and then having to pull my gimpy right leg forward.  That part of the walk was madness-in-pain!

It took me approximately two hours to walk the 7KM.  I guess being in pain makes me know that I’m still alive:  I’ve got to look at the bright side of this disease the I own.  Another ray of hope during the drippy day was toward the end of the walk, one lady seeing me drenched offered her umbrella to me. I thanked her—I was indeed touched by her kindness. However, I told her that I was OK and that she should keep her umbrella or we would both be sopping wet.

This is the AS AWARENESS WALK PHOTO SERIES.  All images are the copyright of me, Nawfal Johnson, and they were created on 21 August 2015.  All Rights Reserved.  These images will eventually be available as photographic prints at my Imagekind sales gallery.  My link is: http://nawfalnur.imagekind.com

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Nawfal Johnson Nur ~ http://nawfalnur.imagekind.com/

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

REDIRECT TO FIELD OF FLOWERS on 1 NOV 2014, EDIT F by Nawfal Johnson

http://nawfalnur.wordpress.com/2014/11/05/field-of-flowers-on-1-nov-2014-edit-f-by-nawfal-johnson/

Please click on that link to go to my other Photo-Art Blog to see one of my latest works – and PLEASE BOOKMARK that blog too.  I’m having a hell of a time getting photos to upload (media to upload) to my smokephotographist blog.  I was so frustrated with it this morning – I decided to upload the new photo to my “BEHIND THE LENS” blog – and the media uploaded.

Thus, I may start to use that blog more – why – I don’t need any more frustrations in life and if one photo-blog is easier to upload media, then I will use it more often.  So, please bookmark:

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Thanks!  🙂

9103, Number 15, Edit C

Description Title: '9103, Number 15, Edit C'.Creation Year: 2014.Series: 9103.Genre: Abstract Expressionism.Mediums: Colour Pencils, Enamel Paint.Material: 360gsm Acid-free Art Paper.Influence: Jackson Pollock.Copyright 2014 Nawfal Johnson.All Rights Reserved.Penang, Malaysia.No Unauthorized Use!

Description Title: ‘9103, Number 15, Edit C’. Creation Year: 2014.Series: 9103.Genre: Abstract Expressionism.Mediums: Colour Pencils, Enamel Paint.Material: 360gsm Acid-free Art Paper.Influence: Jackson Pollock.Copyright 2014 Nawfal Johnson.All Rights Reserved.Penang, Malaysia.No Unauthorized Use!

URBAN WALL DECAY , #819, 19 SEPT 14, EDIT C by Nawfal Johnson

Title: "URBAN WALL DECAY , #819, 19 SEPT 14, EDIT C." Collection: PENANG WALL DECAY. Collection: 2013 to Present (On-Going). Copyright 2014 Nawfal Johnson. All Rights Reserved. Penang, Malaysia.

Title: “URBAN WALL DECAY , #819, 19 SEPT 14, EDIT C.”
Collection: PENANG WALL DECAY.
Collection: 2013 to Present (On-Going).
Copyright 2014 Nawfal Johnson.
All Rights Reserved.
Penang, Malaysia.

PURPLE-GREEN-BROWN COLOUR FIELD, EDIT E, 14 SEPT 14

Title: "PURPLE-GREEN-BROWN COLOUR FIELD, EDIT E 14 SEPT 14". Creation Date: 14 Sept 2014. Collection: MIRRORED ABSTRACT PHOTOGRAPHY Collection Years: 2010 to Present (On-Going). Copyright 2014 Nawfal Johnson. All Rights Reserved. Penang, Malaysia.

Title: “PURPLE-GREEN-BROWN COLOUR FIELD, EDIT E, 14 SEPT 14”.
Creation Date: 14 Sept 2014.
Collection: MIRRORED ABSTRACT PHOTOGRAPHY
Collection Years: 2010 to Present (On-Going).
Copyright 2014 Nawfal Johnson.
All Rights Reserved.
Penang, Malaysia.

My Print and Canvas Sales’ URL for this Photographic-Art is: http://www.imagekind.com/PURPLEGREENBROWN-COLOUR-FIELD-EDIT-E_art?IMID=c239c7f1-371d-4fb8-8ac3-bf0f7c03d5b5

PURPLE-ONE Edit C on 13 September 2014 by Nawfal Johnson

Title: "PURPLE-ONE, EDIT C". Creation of Edit C: Date: 13 Sept 2014. Collection:  URBAN ABSTRACT EXPRESSIONISM PHOTOGRAPHY. Collection Years: 2013 to Present (On-Going). ** Note:  I found this bit of old wall with chipped and layers of paint, along Jalan Berek, in Penang. **

Title: “PURPLE-ONE, EDIT C”.
Creation of Edit C: Date: 13 Sept 2014.
Collection: URBAN ABSTRACT EXPRESSIONISM PHOTOGRAPHY.  Collection Years: 2013 to Present (On-Going).
** Note: I found this bit of old wall with chipped and layers of paint, along Jalan Berek, in Penang. **

Copyright 2014 Nawfal Johnson.
All Rights Reserved.
Penang, Malaysia.
Fine art print sales site is:  http://www.imagekind.com/PURPLE-ONE-EDIT-C-13-SEPT-2014_art?imid=92047af5-278c-47cd-8dd3-37f29c1c97a5

THE DEATH OF IVAN ILYICH, EDIT F, by Nawfal Johnson

THE DEATH OF IVAN ILYICH, EDIT F

“Can it be that I have not lived as one ought?” suddenly came into his head. “But how not so, when I’ve done everything as it should be done?”
― Leo Tolstoy, The Death of Ivan Ilyich
Title: “THE DEATH OF IVAN ILYICH, EDIT F”.
Creation Date: 12 Sept 2014.
Collection: ABSTRACT PAINTED PHOTOGRAPHIC ART.
Collection Years: 2013 to Present (On-Going).
Copyright 2014 Nawfal Johnson.
All Rights Reserved.
Penang, Malaysia.
** When I created this Abstract Expressionism artwork, I thought of Tolstoy’s “The Death of Ivan Ilyich”, and the famous words of Ivan before his death, “Can it be that I have not lived as one ought?” Those words haunt me. And, if you look deeply into this artwork, you see two main containers. What if you spent your life in the small one, but really you could have lived a much more fulfilling life in the big container; however, you were afraid to make that journey to the bigger container because everything in the smaller container seemed right for your life, but things were missing – many things – you were just conforming to your environment. But, you had an idea that there may be something better and more fulfilling IF ONLY you would make that first step outside of the small container and then the next step, until you reached the bigger container, then you find out how much time you wasted in some comfort zone that was really a trap keeping you from moving forward to a better life. However, you suddenly discover that your life is coming to an end, and you realize that you never stepped outside your horrible comfort zone to explore new things – adventuring to the bigger container for example. That is why I feel comfortable about the title of this artwork and how it fits perfectly to make the story about the two containers in this artwork. **

Title: “LIFE IN FREAKING BLOODY HELL CHAOS, EDIT E”, by Nawfal Johnson

"LIFE IN FREAKING BLOODY HELL CHAOS, EDIT E

Title: “LIFE IN FREAKING BLOODY HELL CHAOS, EDIT E”.
Creation Date: 11 Sept 2014.
Collection: ABSTRACT PAINTED PHOTOGRAPHIC ART.
Collection Years: 2013 to Present (On-Going).
Copyright 2014 Nawfal Johnson.
All Rights Reserved.
Penang, Malaysia