It’s a sad day in the iPhoneography community. This weekend, we lost one of our own. Yesterday, Nathaniel “Nacho” Cordova was involved in a fatal collision involving his motorcycle and a pickup truck pulling a 28-foot travel trailer. Nacho was 46.

In addition to his iPhone photography, Nacho was a popular associate professor and chairman of rhetoric and media studies at Willamette University.

I never met Nacho personally, but we occasionally exchanged emails. Most of our exchanges were online in forums.

Those of us who knew Nacho beyond his iPhoneography knew him to be an all around awesome guy. He was smart, eloquent, and always gracious. I saw him be a supportive friend to people online he’d never met face-to-face.

In discussions, his points were always intelligently made but never at the expense of anyone in the discussion. When Nacho contributed to a discussion, I always felt like he broadened my viewpoints just a little.

His photography was and still is beautiful. Or moving. Or the perfect capture of a moment. Nacho had an excellent eye for composition, shape, texture, light — he saw the whole image and conveyed the perfect moment, whether it was the stillness of a church or the smile on his subject’s face.

Nacho Cordova was a wise, wonderful and gentle soul.

I proudly have Nacho’s blog, foto-rhetoric, in my blogroll. Not only do I love his photography, but his words are remarkable and insightful as well.

Nacho, your vision, your words, your friendship and your grace will be missed by all those you have touched. My thoughts and prayers go out to his wife Michelle, his family, friends and students.