“Thoughts on Photography”, and my “Thoughts on Living a Creative Life—Being Stuck and Uninspired”!

This is a re-post from my main Photography Blog, http://smokephotographist.wordpress.com/

I am re-posting because this is a very important topic, that is, the feeling of being stuck and uninspired as an Artist.

Don’t you: Don’t you think that when you become stuck as a Creative, it is a serious situation, which affects your very creative soul?!? I find this stuckness, for lack of a better word, to be devastating to my soul. It can be depression-making if the cloud of stuckness hangs over my head too long. It has been hanging there for some time now, and I am worried. I am concerned. I could use some support now, and none is there.

☆How do you feel when you are standing at the edge of the Abyss, and no one is there to pull you back?

It is a very lonely road to travel alone, and the sorting out process takes longer to work out—that “sorting out” of the creative part of your mind. Creativity is still in me, and I know eventually I will see the light again, but it is so difficult.

I think that all of the “digital-static” that surrounds us when we use any device nowadays, makes so much noise, the healing process takes very much longer. I think I need less digital noise, and more, and better, consistent and dependable external forces, to help me gain creative momentum.

What goes around comes around. It is useless of me to ask other creative minds for support. It doesn’t come to me, I don’t know why. There have been a handful of subscribers who I genuinely believe care about the Art Photography I publish at my blogs. I believe that maybe a handful of subscribers actually take the time to read my blog posts where I give my “Thoughts on Photography”, and my “Thoughts on Living a Creative Life.” That matters to me—that my subscribers actually take some knowledge, or information, away with them from my blog posts.

Nevertheless, life as a creative is not always rainbows and sunshine. Sometimes, the Universe gives you a major Smack-Down! If that happens to you, be grateful for any support that comes your way. Never forget the people who offer you a kind word. Never forget and always appreciate, the people who help you get back on track to your Creative Life!

For now that is all. The reposting of the blog post is below.


Yes, I have become rather uninspired at the moment.

I am truly having difficulty feeling good about Creating and Designing NEW Art Photography! Don’t worry, I am not alone. At some point I think that most Creative’s will reach a horrible stretch in their creative lives where the main question they ask themselves is, “Why?”

I am asking myself that question, “Why?”

☆ There must be some overwhelming drive to make an Artist keep creating new artwork. When that ‘Driving Force’ becomes stalled in space, so to speak, inertia sets in and it leads to “Why?”

I believe that Without Inspiration, an Artist will find it very difficult to honestly create artworks they are proud of, and that joy to exhibit those new artworks, fades away.

The ‘Driving Force’ will return — The Joy will Return in Time.

■ “A body at rest will remain at rest until it is acted upon by an external force!”

I believe that Physics law is true for Artists who are in a creative rut: it will take some external force to nudge them, to get the momentum and creativity rolling again.

The External Force:

  1. It could be as simple as Seeing Something with Fresh Eyes.
  2. It could be help and encouragement from a fellow Artist.
  3. It could be a supportive comment from someone who admires the Artist’s work.
  4. It could be travelling to a new environment to liven the soul.
  5. It could be a sale of the Artist’s work.
  6. It could be the prospect and looking forward to an upcoming exhibition.
  7. It could be many, many things.

☆ Positive ‘External Forces’ can have a huge positive impact on an Artist who has become uninspired, become stuck in a creative rut, or even become strangled and stressed out with bad personal news to the point that the mind is overwhelmed to the point that it cannot concentrate on being creative….it can happen…and it has happened to me—now.

I am constantly thinking of ways to get back to being my creative self, but some personal roadblocks must be cleared first, and I am one who needs Positive ‘External Forces’ when things become overwhelmingly stressful.

I have no solutions, yet, but I will, I just need time to sort things out.

I don’t know if my Art Photography truly inspires anyone — I really hope I am, or, my work is of some inspiration to someone. I would like to believe that in some small way, at least, my Art Photography has added some artistic life to the Universe’s overall artistic ocean. ~ I said that. ~

That is all for now. More Art Photography is coming soon.

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Rock Abstract in Shades of Blue and Grey, #1″

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!?!


Copyright 2018 Nawfal Johnson

All Rights Reserved.
Penang, Malaysia


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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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My Photography PICFAIR Store is Open, Please check it out !

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BLEED, v2

Title: “BLEED, v2”.

Creation Date: 29 August 2018.

Series: “Disorderly Order”.

Series Years: 2016-2018.

Genre : Abstract Expressionism Photography.

Copyright 2018 Nawfal Johnson.

All Rights Reserved.

Penang, Malaysia.

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Series Description:
These artworks are photo-creations from Nawfal Johnson’s original paintings, smoke photography, and also, image creations from photographs captured of decaying urban walls. “Disorderly-Order“, the name of this series, has two distinct meanings. One, there is a method (Order) to the madness (Disorder) in the execution of these artworks. Two, the artist is taking a “more orderly” painting, or a fragment of an urban wall (photographed), or smoke-art photographs, and then turning it up-side-down, and inside-out, to get to the final photographic art representation. The disorderly characteristics from within the work are equal to the orderly nature of the design, for which the works are designed. The Photographist is working from that natural law of nature, which states that “No new matter is created in the Universe.” Thus, these are ‘two-steps’ artwork creations—The first-step is creating a painting (or photographing an urban still-life of a decaying wall, or capturing a smoke still-life); and then, the second-step is taking the original creation and designing a final art photograph using the “matter”, or contents, of the original photographs.
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Abstract #1 on 29 August 2018, Edit B

Title: “Abstract #1 on 29 August 2018, Edit B”.

Creation Month and Year : August 2018.

Series: “Disorderly Order”.

Series Years: 2016-2018.


Genre : Abstract Expressionism Photography.


Copyright 2018 Nawfal Johnson.

All Rights Reserved.

Penang, Malaysia.

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☆ Series Description:
These artworks are photo-creations of Nawfal Johnson’s original paintings, smoke photography, and also, image creations from photographs captured of decaying urban walls. “Disorderly-Order“, the name of this series, has two distinct meanings. One, there is a method (Order) to the madness (Disorder) in the execution of these artworks. Two, the artist is taking a “more orderly” painting, or a fragment of an urban wall (photographed), or smoke-art photographs, and then turning it up-side-down, and inside-out, to get to the final photographic art representation. The disorderly characteristics from within the work are equal to the orderly nature of the design, for which the works are designed. The Photographist is working from that natural law of nature, which states that “No new matter is created in the Universe.” Thus, these are ‘two-steps’ artwork creations—The first-step is creating a painting (or photographing an urban still-life of a decaying wall, or capturing a smoke still-life); and then, the second-step is taking the original creation and designing a final art photograph using the “matter”, or contents, of the original photographs.
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#Orderly, #disorderly, #order, #chaos, #control, #abstractart , #EXPRESSIONISM, #Modernism, #NawfalJohnson, #Georgetown, #Malaysia, #alloverpainting, #ambidextrous, #actionpainting, #neverending, #darkandlight, #Rothko, #Pollock, #Mondrian, #Newman, #Cezanne, #Kandinsky, #actionpainting, #explosionofcolor, #imagekind, @imagekind, #abstraction, #red, #blue, #green, #purple, #black,

ARIEL, Transmogrification #9 FIRE PORTRAITS Series by Nawfal Johnson

Title: “ARIEL, Transmogrification #9”.

Creation Date: 24 August 2018.

Copyright 2018 Nawfal Johnson.

All Rights Reserved.

Penang, Malaysia.


“Fire Portraits” Series.

Years: 2016 – 2018.
Art Piece number in the FIRE PORTRAITS Series: 77.


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: In the Brust story, Ariel takes the shape of an owl, he speaks in rhymes, and he is close friends with Leviathan and Harut. He is killed by the treacherous angel, Abdiel.


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ImageKind Photo Number: 2,416.
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ABSTRACT LIGHT STREAKS #379, Edit C by Nawfal Johnson

Title: “ABSTRACT LIGHT STREAKS #379, Edit C”.

Number in the Abstract Light Streaks Series: #379.
Creation Date: 23 August 2018

Series: Abstract Light Streaks.

Location: Penang, Malaysia.

Photography Techniques: Low-Light Photography. Long-Exposure Photography. Dancing with Lights.

Art Style: Abstract Expressionism Photography.

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Copyright 2018 Nawfal Johnson.

All Rights Reserved.
Penang, Malaysia.
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