29 February 2012

The Teachings of Tecumseh

This past weekend, I went to see the movie Act of Valor. The movie was so well shot and the actors and Navy Seals really got my respect; even more than I already had for them. All I could think about was how proud and supportive of each other. This is something you do not see in the run of the mill "friend". Though I am thankful to have some wonderful friends that I would do anything for and have had them at my side during my great highs, and losses and lessons of life. For that I am thankful.

At the end of the movie, one of the Seals gave a poem to be read to his daughter. I found that there was a great deal in the poem that reminded me of my Father's lessons he gave me. His mantra and now mine. I am not afraid to die; though I have also come close enough to it enough times that my friends joke I am on my last 3 of my 9 lives. I am going to live my life happy for what I have, work hard and love those in my life that are so very important to me. I will "Sing your death song, and die like a hero going home".

Here is the poem that I think EVERYONE should read, have on their wall and live by:

Live your life that the fear of death can never enter your heart.
Trouble no one about his religion.
Respect others in their views and demand that they respect yours.
Love your life, perfect your life,
beautify all things in your life.
Seek to make your life long and of service to your people.
Prepare a noble death song for the day when you go over the great divide.
Always give a word or sign of salute when meeting
or passing a friend, or even a stranger, if in a lonely place.
Show respect to all people, but grovel to none.
When you rise in the morning, give thanks for the light,for your life, for your strength.
Give thanks for your food and for the joy of living.
If you see no reason to give thanks,
the fault lies in yourself.
Touch not the poisonous firewater that makes wise ones turn to fools
and robs the spirit of its vision.
When your time comes to die, be not like those
whose hearts are filled with fear of death,
so that when their time comes they weep and pray for a little more time to live their lives over again
in a different way.
Sing your death song, and die like a hero going home.

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16 February 2012

Going through emails

I have been going through email that I have saved on my computer. I found one from my father the day before he died. It was telling me all that he was going through.
He says:
"Back to the medical stuff...I'm only sharing this in great detail because you indicated that you really wanted to know what was going on.  If that ever changes, just let me know and I'll back off.  You need to know that I'm not afraid of dying...I am,however very interested in maintaining a reasonable quality of life that doesn't mean that "I am  just  becoming a research tool for the medical profession."  I need to be able to experience life or nothing will make sense if I'm just hanging on in a sterile bubble with no chance of human contact, save your mother...and that, could be put in jeopardy if she contracts an infection or bad cold or virus."

It breaks my heart that our conversations ended with our plan to talk on the phone the night of the gallery talk for my opening.
I did find an email that had a beautiful image from his window when he was receiving his transfusions. It is beautiful to me, I thought I would share.

View from MGH window - Joseph Neville © 2011

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10 February 2012

In my back yard

I do not ever want to become so blind to my surroundings that I do not recognize the beauty that is around me every day. Though I had an awful couple of months, I am trying to see what is around me and find the beauty in it. I am trying to be with camera at all times. It is hard sometimes to even get out of bed, but I know I must.

Across The Harbor - Elisabeth Neville © 2012

The camera has become my best therapist. the images are what I see and how I see them. I have found beauty in the people around me as well as what is in my own back yard. The Atlantic ocean. Thought I would share.

Winter Storage - Elisabeth Neville © 2012

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05 February 2012

Feb 12 Opening 2-4pm Marblehead Arts New Member Exhibit

A Clockwork - Elisabeth Neville © 2012
Elisabeth Neville, a Marblehead artist specializing in portrait photography will be exhibiting her work in the Marblehead Arts Association’s New Member Showing for the month of February.  Neville is an adjunct professor at Northeastern University where she teaches photography and foundation design classes. Her photographs explore the long-standing history of the portrait and it’s ability to expose ones persona. Simply put, beauty is not perfection, it is reality.

Neville operates out of her private studio located in Beverly’s artist studio building Porter Mill. She has been closely involved with many artists associations, national and international. Presently she is a member of the Marblehead Artist Association, Salem Arts Association, Artists Under the Dome initiative, working for the rights of Artists and is involved with the Copyright Alliance which is “committed to promoting the cultural and economic benefits of copyright…”

The Marblehead Arts Association’s New Member Showing will be on display February 11 through February 26th. Join Neville and the other exhibiting artists on Sunday, February 12 from 2:00 – 4:00 for an opening reception. The MAA is located at 8 Hooper Street, Marblehead MA. This event is free and open to the public.

Visit elisabethneville.com or marbelheadarts.org for more information.

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04 February 2012

Photo Shoot preview

I had a beautiful shoot with a very tired little girl. One of my best friends from high school came with her daughter and we had a fun time in the studio. Here is a preview.

Elisabeth Neville © 2012 - Amelia

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