“My Friend, Jack”

This is my friend, Jack.  I met him summer 2013 when we both took a photography class in the San Juan Mountains of Colorado.  At age 90, Jack drove himself from Seattle, WA, and then proceeded to inspire, motivate and teach us all how to live life with his vivacious attitude, quest to learn and unbelievable stamina.  One only needed to look at his face – a study in history, a study in character – to want to photograph him.  So, I asked Jack if I could do some portraits of him and was very pleased with the above result.  Needless to say, I sent him a beautiful matted print that he framed and it is proudly displayed in his home.  Jack and I quickly became friends and photo exchange buddies after our 2013 photography excursion.  We called each other every month or two to check in to see what photography pursuits were on our combined lists.  It was clear to me that I was blessed to be in the presence of a person who loved life and lived it to its fullest.  I marveled at his recent ski and bike stories and loved hearing his career fireman stories.  I constantly wondered what kept me from grabbing life in full pursuit like Jack.  I so love Jack that I wanted to share some of his photography work with you:  a scene from Seattle, the Tetons and his passion – rodeo photography.  So, if your life ever feels boring or without challenge, think of Jack living, seeing and being in the world with charm, grace and a desire to keep learning.  I guess 91 is the new 40…park-5-copy




I am writing this story and sharing Jack’s photographs as a tribute to my wonderful friend.  Sadly, Jack experienced an unfortunate fall a few weeks ago and passed away very suddenly.  Consequently, I could not think of a better way to celebrate and honor my friend than with the words of this tribute and sharing of his special vision of the world.  I want to thank Jack’s family for giving me permission to honor my friend in this way and I hope that Jack’s life inspires you to pursue your dreams and live life fully.   I will miss my friend dearly.   Peace to you, Jack.  Here is one more photography display just for you. 


  1. That is a beautiful tribute Veronika and an amazing photograph of someone who lived a very full and rich life. I am sorry to hear he died. How wonderful to share a story about this person who lived into his 90’s and still did amazing things. Thank you , loved it.

    • Hi Jackie,
      I know that Jack is probably smiling somewhere in heaven and loved your comment about his amazing life. Thanks for taking the time to share it.
      Peace & blessings,

  2. The depth and color of the portrait are wonderful. While it could be considered a great photo of a “cowboy,” you took it beyond that. One gets a feeling for the real person.

  3. Knowing that area so well, I especially love that beautiful photo of the Kelly Barn in Kelly, Wyoming. A wonderful tribute.

    • Jack was one special guy. I really do miss him.

      • Thanks for sharing this. I can’t imagine a better tribute to Jack.

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