A Beautiful Light

Hello and welome to My View for Saturday, August 27 2011.

Last night, the world lost one of it’s brightest Lights. My friend and amazing photographer, teacher of photography and one of the most gracious and generous people I’ve had the privilege of knowing, lost her battle with cancer. Nancy Rotenberg passed away peacefully at her home, surrounded by her family and close friends.

When Nancy was diagnosed about a year and a half ago, the prognosis was good. But, as can be with this insidious disease, after a period of remission, it returned earlier this year.

Nancy was a beautiful Light in this world, both professionally and personally. She shared her knowledge so generously and inspired all of us who knew her. She was always willing to talk about whatever one wanted to discuss and shared herself in all areas of life. She truly danced her way through this physical life!!!

Nancy, you truly stood out in God’s garden of flowers. We will all miss your physical presence but your light and inspiration are here and will shine on for us all. As Nancy would say — “Dance — at least once every day!” Namaste, Nancy.

For Nancy

For Nancy

May, 2010, Holland, Michigan

Canon 5D Mark II, Lensbaby Composer with f/4.0 aperture ring, ISO 100,  1/500 sec, Bogen Neotec tripod

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17 Responses to A Beautiful Light

  1. Rose says:

    What a beautiful tribute for Nancy! I am so sorry to hear of her death. Lucy and I took her Oregon Coast workshop, and I have a signed book. I shall cherish it; I loved her work and her outlook on life.
    Hope to see you at a workshop next year; Acadia did not work out this year–instead going on Civil War Battlefield trip with hubby in fall. Should produce a few decent images.
    Take care and keep up the great work!
    Rose Epps, Austin

  2. martijeffers says:

    Thanks, Rose. Nancy was very special. I saw her in Callaway Gardens earlier this year — our workshops overlapped. I’m so glad that they did. I did not know then that it would be the last time I would see her.

  3. doncapecod says:

    Nicely done, Marti. Your skills go far beyond photography!

  4. RossyG says:

    Beautiful tribute Marti.

    Nancy was a very special woman and a talented artist. I met her last summer and I was amazed at her strength and joy for life. Though I didn’t know her for very long, I will miss her.

    Namaste Nancy.

  5. tonebytone says:

    Marti, I’m so sorry to hear this. Altho I never had the good fortune to meet her, I’ve heard lots of positive things about Nancy. She’s in a much better place now, so I think that those who did know and love her can be glad that her struggle is over.

    Your photo is very beautiful, Marti, and a fitting tribute to one who was so filled with Light.


  6. vforlenza says:

    I had the pleasure of being with Nancy on several workshops. She was a teacher, mentor and friend. Nancy’s workshop style was unique in that she brought her spirituality along with her photographic skills. The last time I was with her was in Tanzania. She was like a little kid enjoying the beauty of Africa. She will be truly missed.


  7. martijeffers says:

    Vita — Thank you so much for stopping by and sharing a “Nancy story”. I was just over on her site and looking at what she wrote on Tanzania as you were posting this — that synchronicity thing. :) She had a quote by Dr. Howard Thurman that takes on a special meaning today: “Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” Nancy was one who lived her life alive!!!

  8. Marti,

    I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your friend and light. She must have been a wonderful teacher and inspiration for you to call her your light as you have been a light to so many of us.

    A beautiful tribute and I am sure she is smiling down on you as you keep her light glowing. All the very best and thoughts and prayers for her family and friends.

    Thanks for sharing


  9. martijeffers says:

    Hey Tim — She was a wonderful teacher, photographer, person and inspiration to all who knew her. She made each person feel as if they were most special — as each and every one of us is. She was a bright light in this world and her spirit and energy will shine on.

  10. Kasiemsen says:

    Marti, this image seems especially appropriate for Nancy– a close up ( which she loved), flowers, and the point that one flower , in particular, stands out from the others. What a nice tribute to a very special person! Ther is no doubt that she touched many lives in many positive ways with her energy and zest for life. She had a real magic that will continue to live through others, like you.

  11. aprilS says:

    Though I am sorry it’s under these circumstances, what a pleasure it is to be introduced to Nancy’s inspiring work. The images are so very vibrant and celebratory! Which sounds exactly like the way she is remembered by those fortunate to know her. A guiding light, which has not dimmed…

  12. martijeffers says:

    For those of you on Facebook, Jeremy Woodhouse set up a Facebook page, The Light Still Shines, as a place to remember Nancy. You can see it at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/thelightstillshines/

  13. martijeffers says:

    This was one of Nancy’s favorite songs — and one that she used to inspire me at one time: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RV-Z1YwaOiw&ob=av3e

    Dance on, beautiful light!!

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  15. dgarait says:

    Hi Marti,
    It is a beautiful image that you present. I must admit I’m quite a fan of such photographs and tones. In fact, I saw a brief tutorial of Bryan F. Adorama Peterson on Adorama tv last week http://www.adorama.com/alc/article/Artistic-Effects-AdoramaTV who explains how doing such images. Here, you’ll realize that I really like this picture and I congratulate you for this excellent work. Bravo

  16. kbriefel says:

    I was stunned to hear of Nancy’s passing a couple of nights ago. I attended several workshops at her home and considered her a friend and mentor as well as an inspiration. Truly a remarkable woman as well as photographer, she is already missed.
    Ken Briefel

  17. martijeffers says:

    Thank you, David and Ken, for stopping by.

    Ken, she is indeed already missed.

    David, the video speaks to all of the ways that I love to shoot — right in my wheelhouse!! You can see some more of these types of images on this blog by clicking on the Abstract category at the top of the right column on this page. You will see my love for such images, too. Thank you for your kind comments.

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