On Saturday, iPhoneography lost one of its brightest stars.
Nacho Cordova was an artist with a gifted eye. He was a teacher. He was a husband and a father. In all my contact with Nacho both direct and indirect, he was polite, respectful of others and gracious. Nacho was a good guy. He touched many, many people in his life as evidenced by the pages and pages of tributes left on his Facebook wall. Nacho Cordova leaves a void and will be missed by many.
Over the weekend, many iPhoneographers began posting tribute photos in memory of Nacho. iPhoneogenic and the Life in LoFi blogs present many of those tribute images here in remembrance of our colleague and our friend.
Information on Nacho’s memorial service this Wednesday at Willamette University can be found here.
“This piece was conceived after hours of contemplating the passing of our good friend, Nathaniel “Nacho” Cordova. Many members of the community, myself included, are still reeling from the shock of losing such a precious individual on July 16th.
“Nacho demonstrated more human goodness toward his peers than most anyone I’ve experienced. He possessed the zeal of an ardent student, while at the same time gladly and ably playing guide or teacher. He enhanced the level of discussion within the community. His warmth and respect for all he dealt with was infectious. And his passion was unquestionable. On a larger scale, Nacho was also comfortable in the role of outspoken advocate for iPhoneography, mobile photography and photography on the whole.
“I didn’t anticipate creating an image at this time, though I’ve long wanted to dedicate a piece to Nacho. It’s just that he so filled my thoughts after the tragic news came in, the only outlet I could find was to move my fingers and meditate while doing something I was sure Nacho would approve of — apping. In the end, I prepared secure new digs where Nacho could pursue his art freely, and where he and his friends can kick back and schmooze in style, as always.
“Sorry to be so wordy. Nacho wouldn’t mind that at all!” — Alan Kastner
“This image was made a few hours before Nacho Cordova died. The title represents an inspiring poem by Charles Bukowski about death. We will miss you Nacho.” — Robert Herold
I created this photo with this poem in mind. If you can include the poem with the photo that would be great: — Catherine Restrevo
What is Death?
Death is nothing at all.
I have only slipped away into the next room.
I am I and you are you.
Whatever we were to each other,
that we still are.
Call me by my old familiar name.
Speak to me in the easy way
which you always used.
Put no difference in your tone.
Wear no forced air of solemnity or sorrow.
Laugh as we always laughed
at the little jokes we enjoyed together.
Play, smile, think of me, pray for me.
Let my name be ever the household word
that it always was.
Let it be spoken without affect,
without the trace of a shadow on it.
Life means all that it ever meant.
It is the same that it ever was.
There is absolutely unbroken continuity.
Why should I be out of mind
because I am out of sight?
I am waiting for you,
for an interval,
somewhere very near,
just around the corner.
All is well.
~ Henry Scott Holland
“While I never met him, his comments and thoughts on some of my pics were always very thorough and insightful. As someone else said you always got the impression that he really looked at you pics and scrutinised them. I will miss his presence in the iPhone community immensely.” — Paul Moore
In memory of Nathaniel “Nacho” Cordova who filled our hearts with his pureness of thought and his wonderful pictures. We’ll miss you Nacho, take a pic for us. — Alessandro Greganti
Memory of Light/Remembering Nacho by Laura Peischl
Crossing Over by Emily Bemily
Goodbye Nacho…I’m sad that you had to leave. I’m grateful for your presence in my life – your support, unwaivering kindness and generosity. Thank you for sharing so much of yourself – both through your images and your words. You touched many people with your generous words of support and encouragement, as well as with your inspirational photos. You will certainly be missed.