Dave O'Neil

Dave O'Neil

Thank you for visiting my website. My life is the boundary of the photographs and stories that I might share. Each day I am reminded, in one way or another, of the limitations of life. It would be a crime not to desire to experience all that it offers?   Sometimes I can create and communicate something that touches the souls and hearts of others but really, it’s not for others as much as it is for me. You see I have Complex PTSD. Something that has taken me years to both accept and understand, but the “how” and “why” still allude me somewhat. I am still struggling to deal with my traumas but as each day passes by, I find it just a fraction easier. What I am proud of is that I served my country, and I served my community and I could honestly say I would do the same thing all over again.   I have never been much of one to verbally express how I feel, I find it easier to keep my emotions and inner struggles locked away where they can only hurt me, not others.   Despite all this, I still have a deep love for life and adventure. I still have a desire to experience as much as I can before I have to go, I take each day as it comes.   My saving grace has been my photography and my writing. Through my writing, it is only then that I can truly express myself, behind a lens I can capture images that express the whirlwind of feelings that I am not able to otherwise share. It is however much more than that. My camera and my writing has saved me, it motivates me and allows me to see beyond my own challenges.   Some of the photos and articles are mundane, in others I find I have captured something striking, a fleeting moment in time that will remain with me forever and hopefully one day, replace the images that plague my memory.   Feel free to visit my Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/dave.rusty.bravo or follow me on Twitter @DaveRustyBravo

PTSD – The War Within

“Even in times of trauma, we try to maintain a sense of normality until we no longer can. That, my friends, is called surviving. Not healing. We never become whole again … we are survivors. If you are here today… you are a survivor. But those of us who have made it thru hell and are still standing? We bare a different name: warriors.”
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RIP Vera Lynn – The Forces Sweetheart 20 March 1917 – 18 June 2020

As well as earning the title of the Forces Sweetheart during WW2, Vera Lynn devoted much time and energy to charity work connected with ex-servicemen, disabled children and breast cancer. She was held in great affection by Second World War veterans and in 2000 was named the Briton who best exemplified the spirit of the 20th century.  Vera Lynn passed away today at the. age of 103.  Vera’s music will live forever as will her memory.

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Alone

“I had already found that it was not good to be alone, and so made companionship with what there was around me, sometimes with the universe and sometimes with my own insignificant self, but my camera’s and books were always my friends, let fail all else except the love I have for another.”

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The Parting Glass

“There is nothing I would not do for those who are really my friends. I have no notion of loving people by halves, it is not my nature.”
― Jane Austen, Northanger Abbey

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It’s Magic

There is something to a city at night. There is an underlying feeling of wonder, almost like it provides a blanket under which you can wrap yourself. There is a life different from that which one can see and feel during the day. At night the city comes alive, out from the corners it comes, the sounds and smells are different, the people without the concern of day come out of themselves.
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