“I Am What I Am”: Leonard Nimoy in Memoriam

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Leonard-Nimoy smilePop culture, not just geek culture, lost a great icon today. Leonard Nimoy passed away this morning in Los Angeles at the age of 83. End-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease claimed his life after being hospitalized earlier this week. Nimoy announced his illness last year and attributed to a history of smoking, though he’d quit thirty years ago. But let’s not reduce a great man to the unfortunate circumstances of his death. And we’re not saying that simply because of Star Trek. The Boston native wore many hats throughout his life: actor, director, poet, photographer, musician, father, friend.

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Please part your fingers in a Vulcan salute with us as we remember a truly great life.

 

Activism through Photography – Brianna

Photo by R. Michelson Galleries/Seth Kaye Photography
Photo by R. Michelson Galleries/Seth Kaye Photography

I only recently learned of Leonard Nimoy’s photographic career, and I wish more people knew about it. In 2002 he published The Shekhina Project, a photography book with a Jewish theme about the feminine aspect of God. The black and white portraits featured nude and semi-nude women and came under criticism from the Jewish community. But it was that series that prompted a woman of two hundred and fifty pounds to approach Nimoy and ask if he’d like to photograph a lady with a different body type.

Nimoy spent eight years snapping plus-size women for what he called “The Full Body Project”. His subjects enlightened Nimoy to what many women already know. “The average American woman, according to articles I’ve read, weighs 25 percent more than the models who are showing the clothes they are being sold […] with the idea that they can aspire to look [like that],” he told the New York Times in 2007. You can find Nimoy’s photographs, which are NSFW, here.

 Atlantis, Nimoy, and Being Regal – Dalin

I’ve been a big fan of Mr. Nimoy ever since I was very small. Star Trek was an important part of my childhood, and specifically Spock was a big part of that. So when the new Disney movie, Atlantis: The Lost Empire, was released, you could probably guess what one of the best surprises was for this young Trekkie. Yeah, Nimoy was one of the many talented voices in Atlantis, and provided one of the most chilling and interesting performances within the film. Never did a king sound so regal, and so powerful, than when Nimoy did it. And that is the memory I want to keep of him, because in many ways he was a king to the nerd community, representing the outsider in all of us. And we love you for that, Mr. Nimoy, forever and always.

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