Abstract Clouds #1 on 27 August 2018, Cloud-Art Photography

Title: “Abstract Clouds #1 on 27 August 2018” .

Creation Date: 27 August 2018.

Genre: Cloud-Art Photography .


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

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Penang, Malaysia .

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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.

FOREST #1, Edit C by Nawfal Johnson

FOREST #1, Edit C by Nawfal Johnson

FOREST #1, Edit C
Title: “FOREST #1, Edit C.”
Genre: Abstract Expressionism.
Original Medium: Watercolour Pencil.
Material: Art Paper.
Copyright 2014 Nawfal Johnson.
All Rights Reserved.
Penang, Malaysia.

Notes: I often do not name a painting until I have a good look at the finished product. To me, this looks like forest, and thick jungle bushes and palm trees surround me. At least, that is the feeling I get.

Striking Bars of Contrast, #1, Edit F by Nawfal Johnson

Striking Bars of Contrast, #1, Edit F by Nawfal Johnson

Title: “Striking Bars of Contrast, #1.”
Creation Month & Year: April 2014.
Series Year: 2014.
Genre: Abstract Expressionism.
Mediums: Oil Pastels, Alcohol-based Pigments, & Watercolour Pencils.
Orientation: Horizontal.
Copyright 2014 Nawfal Johnson ~ All Rights Reserved.
Penang, Malaysia.

Death Grounds, v.7 (2005 version) by Nawfal Johnson

Death Grounds, v.7 (2005 version) by Nawfal Johnson

OFF WORLD – ALIEN LANDSCAPES : Art Photography Science Fiction Series

Death Grounds, v.7 (2005 version), is part of an On-Going Photography Project, titled, “Off World – Alien Landscapes.”

This photograph is also part of a publication, an e-Folio book of the same name, “OFF WORLD – ALIEN LANDSCAPES.”

This project consists of mixed media art creations designed for creating a final photograph. The themes are of an alien-nature; or considering that point, the themes are what we usually think of when we visualize ‘alien’ from what we know from movies and TV shows that are ‘alien-themed.’ I suppose that if ‘aliens’ were to visit Earth, we and our culture, and our planet would be ‘alien’ to them. I believe the term ‘alien’ is a personal viewpoint and perspective based on our personal experiences and knowledge.

My motivations for the “OFF WORLD – ALIEN LANDSCAPES” photography series comes from being inspired by my favourite Science Fiction TV shows; and my favourites are probably in this order: 1) Stargate Universe (2009 – 2011); 2) Deep Space Nine (1993 – 1999); 3) Star Trek Voyager (1995 – 2001); 4) Babylon 5 (1993 – 1998); and, 5) SPACE ABOVE & BEYOND (1995-1996).

The “OFF WORLD – ALIEN LANDSCAPES” photographic art series is an On-Going Series, and I usually design and create one art piece a year, sometimes two pieces, for this series. Therefore, it is a slow-growing photography series. Nevertheless, it is probably the most difficult art series I have endeavoured to make because it deals with mixed media creations constructed before the photograph can be captured.

Even though the title is “ALIEN LANDSCAPES,” there are just as many, if not more, ‘alien seascapes in this series. For my purposes, I am not concerned with this bit of semantics—whether the scene is on land or at sea, the main point is that the scene is of an ‘alien-nature,’ and that is what is important in my viewpoint.

Head Shot Photography by Nawfal Johnson

Head Shot Photography

Yesterday, I photographed my daughter, Jenan.  I did not want to dig out my DSLR, nor did I want to mess with flash units.  Thus, I grabbed my “old” (by today’s standards in digital camera techn0logy), and trusty, PANASONIC DMC-LZ8 (circa. 2008 model).

I convinced Jenan to be my subject and she was very cooperative, which is always good for the photographer. The sky was also cooperative, providing me with soft, cloudy, ambient daylight.  Any of the big catch-lights in the eyes are reflections from the biggest light source in the world – the cloudy, but bright sky.

Title:  Jenan, 2 Dec 2013, Photo #1. Head Shot Photography. Copyright 2013 Nawfal Johnson ~ All Rights Reserved.

Title: “Jenan, 2 Dec 2013, Photo #1” (then below are #2 & #3)
Head Shot Photography.
Copyright 2013 Nawfal Johnson ~ All Rights Reserved.

JENAN, 2DEC2013, P1020613, EDIT E, Photo3, NJN667 JENAN, 2DEC2013, Photo 4, P1020614, EDIT G