“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

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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. 

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“The Nature of One’s Nature”

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Needless to say, I did not take this photograph of myself.  However, I actually like it very much.  It was spontaneous, in the moment, and captured me pursuing my passion – the art of photography.  A simple photograph; yet, it portrays joy and aliveness.  It truly reflects the nature of one’s nature when one is connected to life and purpose.  So, I ask … what would your self portrait look like?  Have you found your passion in life and are you pursuing it?  If so, my smile is your smile and my joy is your joy.  Thank you to my beloved friend, Margy.  This photograph was taken of me as I was doing a family portrait of 17 relatives who surprised Margy for her 90th birthday.  I love you, Margy!

 

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