Creative Silence is reeling from the sudden loss of client and friend Yusuf Neville this week. The above photo was taken during our last session, which happened to be the engagement session leading up to he and his bride-to-be, Jennifer’s wedding this September. We would like to send condolences to the Neville and Bowden families as they deal with this tragedy. Please take a moment to visit their Gofundme site and donate to help fund Yusuf’s burial if at all possible.
Yusuf was a an ambitious, upstanding and educated man with friends far and wide in the private and celebrity worlds, and his impact on the lives who knew him can be seen in the several articles that have been published since this tragedy.
As we reflect on the events surrounding the loss of Yusuf, we realize the importance of documenting the lives of our clients, as well as the responsibility and power photographers hold as we never know when a portrait session, wedding commission, etc, can one day be used to eulogized someone within the composition. We also want to bring to light the fact that mental illness and depression are things not widely spoken about within the African American community. We hope this helps spark dialogue and remove the inherent shame that has been associated with opening up and speaking to someone when things get tough. There is no shame in the humanness of sharing and asking for help.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline