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

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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What Music Gets You Going? Have you seriously considered this as a way to help you get more motivated? It may help.

Macro Green Soap Bubble Shadows

Title: “Macro Green Soap Bubble Shadows”.

Creation Date: 15 January 2019.

Series: Environmental Still Life Photography.

Series Years: 2017-2019 (On-going).

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Photographer’s Statement:

“For me, the focus of the photograph is sometimes ‘the other subject’, not what you would typically think of as the ‘main subject’. In the case of this image, the main subject was the soap bubbles. What caught my eye first, was the other subject, the geometric shadows the soap bubbles created in the green dishwashing soap. And also, the repetitive abstraction it created was interesting to me.”

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Illusion, Environmental Still Life Abstract Photography

Title: “Illusion”.

Creation Date: 13 January 2019.

Series: Environmental Still Life Photography. Style: Abstract.

Series Years: 2017-2019 (On-going).

Photographer’s Statement:

“I purposefully look for environmental scenes that are contrasty, colourful, and abstract, and sometimes I just get lucky that all of these ingredients randomly show up in front of me, just like those in “Illusion” did.”

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Honolulu Creeper Leaf

Title: “Honolulu Creeper Leaf.”

Date: 10 January 2019.

Copyright 2019 Nawfal Johnson.


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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 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 and Photography Advice for 2019 the New Year

Title: “Abstract Green Broken Glass”.

Creation Date : 2 January 2019

Copyright 2019 Nawfal Johnson

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☆ This is my FIRST designed photograph of 2019. This is also my first photograph submitted to my exclusive Stock Photography Agent, ARCANGEL, for 2019.

Will my photograph be approved? That is a question I NO longer try to answer. All I can say is that my agent rejects over 90% of my Photography work.

How does that feel? So much rejection—I no longer let it bother me. It is like, “WTF!, Oh well, I have no control over the selection process, so, just let-it-the-Fůçķ-be, it is out of my control. If I designed a photograph, it is because I think it has merit, but it doesn’t mean that my Stock Agency will like it or think it fits what they need.”

So, don’t take rejection personal in Photography, because it happens a lot.

That is my first, “Thought (advice) on Photography” for you, for 2019.

AVFTEOTMWG, Dancing Space Rocks and Cosmic Lights, Part 6, Edit O

Title: “AVFTEOTMWG, Dancing Space Rocks and Cosmic Lights, Part 6, Edit O.”

Creation Date: 30 December 2018

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The Galaxy: Milky Way.


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“The term Milky Way is a translation of the Latin via lactea, from the Greek γαλαξίας κύκλος (galaxías kýklos, “milky circle”). From Earth, the Milky Way appears as a band because its disk-shaped structure is viewed from within. Galileo Galilei first resolved the band of light into individual stars with his telescope in 1610. Until the early 1920s, most astronomers thought that the Milky Way contained all the stars in the Universe. Following the 1920 Great Debate between the astronomers Harlow Shapley and Heber Curtis, observations by Edwin Hubble showed that the Milky Way is just one of many galaxies. The Milky Way is a barred spiral galaxy with a diameter between 150,000 and 200,000 light-years (ly). It is estimated to contain 100–400 billion stars. There are probably at least 100 billion planets in the Milky Way. The Solar System is located within the disk, 26,490 (± 100) light-years from the Galactic Center, on the inner edge of the Orion Arm, one of the spiral-shaped concentrations of gas and dust. The stars in the innermost 10,000 light-years form a bulge and one or more bars that radiate from the bulge. The galactic center is an intense radio source known as Sagittarius A*, likely a supermassive black hole of 4.100 (± 0.034) million solar masses.”

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