FOR JEFF by AndreasResch

This is an older shot of mine that I reworked recently. It’s not about new stuff today, it’s about remembering.

One year ago we lost a great photographer. I never met Jeff Swanson in person, but always admired his images and followed his adventures with fellow photographers. He went way too early – RIP Jeff.

You can view Jeff’s images at – the profit from any print sales goes toward the Melanoma Research Foundation. They also accept straight donations.

Tachihara 4×5″ Field Camera, Schneider-Kreuznach 90mm, Velvia 50.

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FOR JEFF by jaychong

re-edit of an older photo.

It seems these past few months the Landscape photography community has been caught in a loop rehashing/arguing over topics that really shouldn’t need administrative oversight and way too much time and energy dedicated. I am so encouraged and saddened by today’s postings. I am encouraged because I see a community of photographers united for a cause and share stories for a passing of a friend and fellow photog. I am saddened because in reading so many stories shared by people that I think Jeff Swanson is a person that I would have loved to have known. His legacy exists through his work and his loyal and passionate friends.

“Jeff it and be there”

Take a look at Jeff’s work, story and if you can help donate towards a worthy cause:

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Remember by TjThorne

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This is about a friend who left us way too early. This is for Jeff Swanson.

I am often surprised by how quickly I have formed deep friendships with some people in the landscape photography community. I have met numerous people in the past three years that have had a profound impact on not only my photography, but my life and the way that I think about the world. I am invigorated by the generosity and support that has come my way, and the memories and experiences that have been forged because of it. My friends have truly been a beacon of hope in some pretty trying times. They tighten my grip. They boost me up so that I can continue to keep my eye on the shore while I tread the waves of life and try to make it to dry land.

Jeff was one of those people. While I had only known Jeff for a short time, I felt a deep connection to him. Our friendship formed online over photography. Our shared passion for both photography and cheesy humor resulted in some pretty long threads where we traded bad puns and had a blast doing it. Jeff’s positivity and outlook were contagious and he pulled many people into that circle. I know I’m not the only one who had been impacted in a positive way by this dude over words on a screen.

I had the luxury of meeting Jeff in the Bay Area when he and another friend (who is now one of my best friends) came to support me for my first gallery show. I battle myself a lot on my creativity and my art. So to have two people I only knew online get in their car and drive somewhere to show their support for me really hit me. I’m sure they were enticed by the free wine and cookies at the opening reception, but I try to ignore that part.

The thing is… it never felt weird or awkward. I’m good at faking it but most times I don’t feel comfortable in social settings with a bunch of people I don’t know, and one of those settings where I am at the center of focus is even worse. I can’t explain the excitement I felt when I saw my two friends standing there. In that moment our friendship had grown immensely. I felt more comfortable in that big white room. I laughed genuinely instead of nervously. It felt like I had known them for years instead of months. The next day the three of us shared a photographic memory on Hawk Hill shooting the Golden Gate Bridge. While that kind of photography isn’t necessarily my jam, standing on the side of a hill with two people I enjoy, watching the weather move around us, experiencing that moment, laughing, talking, and using our cameras while the sun dipped below the horizon totally is.

That’s the kind of person Jeff was to me and I find it weird that I was affected by his death in the way that I was. But it made sense. He was a good person and he exuded that energy. I know everyone says good things about someone when they pass.. but from my experience.. it’s all true about Jeff.

I’m glad that I got to spend several more days creating memories and photographing nature with Jeff when he came to visit Oregon in the spring of 2014. I knew he was sick.. but I didn’t know that would be the last time I saw him.

I hope that he knew what kind of impact he had on people. I never got a chance to tell him.

To all of my friends reading this.. I love you.


Jeff passed at the young age of 30 due to complications from Melanoma. I encourage you to visit and donate to the Melanoma Research Foundation. You can also view some of his photography at a memorial website that has been donated by Smugmug by clicking his link: All proceeds from prints sold will be donated to the Melanoma Research Foundation in Jeff’s name. Every little bit helps. So far over $4,000 has been raised through this site.

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Hope by MichaelBollino

Broken, then Hope

This image is dedicated to Jeff Swanson, a member of our landscape photography community who passed away a year ago after battling melanoma. Although I only met him in person once, his smile, easy going, witty nature struck me immediately. Days before his death he took the time (and energy) to create a comical image based upon an inside joke then posted it to my FB timeline. It cracked me up and truly made my day. Such a good dude. The world misses him.

To honor Jeff, consider making a donation to the : Melanoma Research Foundation

Or, consider buying a print from Jeff’s Website

Thanks, please donate, and Jeff it and be there!

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Restless dreams by hillsee

In memory and honour of Jeff Swanson, an immensely talented landscape photographer. Jeff’s life was cut tragically short by melanoma ~ in his words ‘this nasty, as yet incurable disease.’
It is to also to further his desire to raise money to combat melanoma,
memorial page set up in Jeff’s honor

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Shine by tulatop

This one’s best viewed on black.

Abiqua Falls · Abiqua Creek · Scotts Mills · Oregon · USA

Click here to purchase a print and to read the full drawn-out story, including tech info.

But the real reason I’m posting a photo here again after saying a few months ago I’d never post another photo here again isn’t for my benefit…it’s for yours. And it’s not some egotistical thing about how my photography might inspire you…it’s about who inspires me, and who I hope might inspire you in turn.

Don’t know anything about Jeff Swanson? Or what it means to “Jeff it and be there”? Read my narrative for If Tomorrow Never Comes and hopefully you’ll understand…maybe even change your perspective a little on what it means to really live.

Every time I land on this page (and for whatever reason, that happens quite a lot), my heart aches the same way it did the day I found out he’d died. But it’s a good ache…a life-affirming one that lets me know that that four-chambered thing is still pounding inside my chest, pumping blood throughout my body, infusing me with abilities I have no right taking for granted.

I know there are a million and a half causes and campaigns you could take up out there in the real world, but if you’re so inclined, I’d ask that you check out and chip in to the Melanoma Research Foundation, or you can visit this memorial website generously hosted as a donation by SmugMug in Jeff’s honor.

I have to be transparent in saying that I largely left 500px because all too often it was about silly and petty competition. I return in hopes of reminding people that that’s not what art is about, as far as I know. Art’s about transmitting ideas…about connecting…one soul to another. Art’s about humanity. And life’s about living. Jeff Swanson helps reminds me of both those things.

All that said, I’ll go back to laying low here now, but you can still find me and follow me on Facebook. Please be good to one another out there.



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Kanarra Creek by blurrr001

Last year my friend and fellow photographer Jeff Swanson lost his battle with Melanoma. He was a great photographer, friend, and an inspiration to many. If you or somebody close has been affected by this disease, you are looking to learn more about melanoma, or you are looking to contribute to fighting this disease please click this link Melanoma Research Foundation to find a cure.

Kanarra Creek
Zion National Park, UT

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This was my second attempt at getting some shots of this place. The first time I went here the mistake was made to go on a Saturday morning. I thought since this trail was off the beaten path and 30 min from the popular Zion area we would be good to go. Man was I mistaken, hordes of people to the point when we reached this section of the hike there was a line to get up this log. Iam talking a line to ride a rollercoaster at a theme park kind of line, it was crazy, well needless to say we turned around and didn’t even bother waiting. I was pretty bummed but thats landscape photography. Now finally the second attempt obviously paid off. I returned here about 7-8 months later and decided to try again on a weekday just after sunrise, this time it did pay off, we were the first ones on the hike and had the whole place to ourselves, we didn’t see anyone until about half way back. Very cool hike and if you have never done it added to the list its worth it, IF the subway hike and the narrows hike had a baby it would be Kanarra Creek.

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A Sierra Moment by landESCAPEphotography

This photo is dedicated to our friend and landscape photographer extraordinare Jeff Swanson, who had his life taken away from him when he was far too young for it. Jeff was an amazing guy, and I had the pleasure of shooting with him a couple times out in Death Valley. We were planning a Sierra backcountry trip, as it was one of our favorite places, but that opportunity got taken away from us. I hope you will visit his site here to see his beautiful work:

Funds raised by the sale of Jeff’s prints will be donated in his name to the Melanoma Research Foundation.

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Darkwave by alexnoriega

Hey there. I know some of you have probably seen this image before, but I’m re-posting it for a reason. It’s been one year since friend and photographer Jeff Swanson passed away all too young from melanoma, and those of us who knew him are putting up images in his memory. I don’t have any new images processed and ready, so I’m re-posting this one that was strangely purple in its first rendition – went for a straight blue this time.

You can view Jeff’s images at – the profit from any print sales goes toward the Melanoma Research Foundation. They also accept straight donations.

RIP, buddy.

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