Hey All!

Those who visit my Journals often probably know that I spend more time writing to my other Behind the Lens Journal, so just to let you know that I have a few new entries over there.  This blog is more geared to showing a few “Select” Portfolios and Philosophies on those topics.  Nevertheless, I have an image I did a few weeks ago, that should go in my DARK Photographic Series, I’ll have to round it up and post it in the Gallery.  Let me find it.  For now, you can check out my other Journal.  Thanks!

Morning Glory, v.2 – Being Dedicated & Follow Your Heart

Morning Glory, v2, Edit Bwp

Title:”Morning Glory, v.2″
Collection: “High-Key Scanography”
(c) 2007 Nawfal Nur
All Rights Reserved

“Dedicated to the real photographers of the world – to those who, with their second-hand equipment and their makeshift darkrooms, are today fighting their solitary battles with their recalcitrant medium, not for money or for glory, but because they would rather make pictures than anything else in the world. -William Mortensen, “Mortensen on the Negative”, by William Mortensen, Simon and Schuster, 1940.

I would tend to agree with Mortensen, with one addition: With almost any art form, there is no point doing it if you do not love it; and being an artist, you must face the task of fighting all the trials and tribulations that go along with being creative. Keeping that in mind, if you love what you do, then the money and glory may then follow.I found the following citation from a Steve Jobs speech, which I thought was quite appropriate for this entry:

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.” [Source: http://news-service.stanford.edu/news/2005/june15/jobs-061505.html This is the text of the Commencement address by Steve Jobs, CEO of Apple Computer and of Pixar Animation Studios, delivered on June 12, 2005.]

A Few New Selections at ImageKind!

Alien Water Photographs by Nawfal Nur


Just a quick note, and a quick mention of some new work I have posted in my ImageKind Gallery, “Alien Water”.  I decided to change things up a bit there.  At first glance, I want visitors of my gallery to see more of my diversity.  Thus, I’ve added some new water droplet photographs, as well as, some images from my Sci-Fi Landscapes Series, Math Conceptual, Cosmetics-Art, Smoke Photography, High-Key Flower and Still Life photography.  Please have a look – Thanks!

Way ‘behind the Lens’…

Honolulu Creeper, v.1

“Honolulu Creeper, v.1”
Copyright by Nawfal Nur, 2007
All Rights Reserved

Photography is the process or art of producing images of objects on sensitized surfaces by the chemical action of light or of other forms of radiant energy, as x-rays, gamma rays, or cosmic rays. (Source: Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2006).

How charming it would be if it were possible to cause these natural images to imprint themselves durable and remain fixed upon the paper! And why should it not be possible? I asked myself.” -William Henry Fox Talbot

Well, photo+graphy has come a long way since the time of when this magical thinker, W.H.F. Talbot was formulating photographic science with his paper negative. [All three pioneers, Niepce, Daguerre, and Talbot, along with Sir John Herschel—who in 1819 discovered the suitability of hyposulfite of soda, or “hypo,” as a fixing agent for sensitized paper images and who is generally credited with giving the new medium its name—deserve to share the title Inventor of Photography. Each made a vital and unique contribution to the invention of the photographic process. (Source: http://www.infoplease.com/ce6/ent/A0860364.html )]

One of the interesting things about photography is that there are many ways to create photographs, and in the case of this photo-blog entry, I have used a way to create a photograph that is way, way, way behind the lens, so far behind, that I didn’t use a camera at all to create these two photographs published here. In fact, I used my EPSON 1640SU scanner to make these images. It’s been something that I wanted to do for a really long time, but never STOPPED, to figure it out.

My subject was a very lively, fast growing Honolulu Creeper vine [Antigonon (Antigon, Antigonum) leptopus] . These are beautiful creeping vines that attract bees, wasps (and other flying insects and ants), and these plants are very lush. However, if left unchecked, these vines can get totally out of control in no time – they grow like mad! Anyway…

Even though these are not photographs in the sense of the word that most people associate with photography, they are photographs nonetheless. If photography is capturing images with light, then my scanner was the capturing device, using an “intricate system of mirrors that must continually pivot to keep the light beams aligned with a lens.” (Source: http://library.thinkquest.org/11309/data/scanner.htm#How ) Now, I’m not even really sure of the technology behind a scanner, that’s why I added that citation and link (above). But, like a camera, a scanner uses a type of lens, and both use light to capture information.

The important thing in this message, and that one I want to get across, is that as a photographer, always consider other possibilities, other ways to capture an image, other angles, other light sources…in short, keep an open mind and be creative.

Honolulu Creeper, v.2

“Honolulu Creeper, v.2”
Copyright by Nawfal Nur, 2007
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Parts & Abstractions…

There is no such thing as inaccuracy in a photograph. All photographs are accurate. None of them is the truth.
~Richard Avedon~

I’ve been pondering the quote (above) by Avedon: It is very curious to me. I think what he said about photography is quite deep and meaningful. It may be similar to the idea that ‘there is only one reality, yet everyone has their own perception of reality.’ At least, that is what I gather from it.

These images in this post, are the parts, rather than the whole. They are the abstractions, rather than the ‘reality.’ They are all ‘accurate‘, but none of them are the ‘truth.’


Fiery Malay Dance, v.3

Gibson Les Paul & World

Lights, Color & Motion