Description Title: 'Svastika Ward to Protect Against the Rakshasa of the Yatudhanas, Edit C'.Creation Date: 22 June 2014.Collection: PHOTOGRAPHS FOUND WHILE WALKING AROUND PENANG.Collection Year: 2014.Location: A dark and dangerous alley somewhere on Jalan Perak!Copyright 2014 Nawfal Johnson PhotographyAll Rights Reserved.** Story behind this Photo: 'Svastika', an ancient Sanskrit word, commonly known as 'Swastika'. ' (Sanskrit: ) is a symbol that generally takes the form of an equilateral cross, with its four arms bent at 90 degrees. The earliest archaeological evidence of swastika-shaped ornaments dates back to the Indus Valley Civilization as well as the Mediterranean Classical Antiquity and paleolithic Europe.' [Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swastika ]. 'Svastika' literally means 'good' or 'auspicious'.However, in my story, the 'Svastika' is a ward against evil! Yes, 'EVIL'! Lurking in the dark are creatures so foul and dangerous, you could never imagine them in your worst nightmares. They are the Rakshasa: Flesh-eating (Yatudhanas), shape-shifting beings of ancient Hindu lore. The only hope to ward off these dangerous creatures is the 'Svastika' strategically placed around your abode. Be very afraid if you see your long-lost Aunt Bessie - it could be a Rakshasa luring you in for the kill, and the feast.That is the story behind this photograph. Stephen King can purchase the rights to my story if he wishes - I would be terribly honored, indeed. Call me Mr. King! We'll do lunch, OK!What does the Chinese writing mean? I have no clue, but it could be a warning to the Rakshasa that if they enter, they will be shot with a blessed bolt from a cross-bow, and that would mean their doom! I'm guessing that I'm pretty spot-on with my translation of the text, but I could be slightly off...
When I pick up my camera...when I compose the subjects in the frame...and, when I plan and set up my lighting, I have one thing in mind: To take a better photograph than the last time.
I have been using a camera as a hobbyist, and then as a freelance professional (starting in 1998), for a total of 37 years: I started photography when I was 12-years old.
I specialize in commissioned Head-Shot Portraits, Photographs of People, and Fine Art Abstract Expressionism Photography. I also create and design fine art, abstract photographs of my own abstract expressionism paintings. As a painter, I love working with alcohol-based permanent ink, acrylic paints, and watercolour pencils.