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A Tribute to My Friend: Monterey John

Posted by
Viewfinder (Bradenton, FL, United States) on 29 June 2011 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

John A. Wilson has died. He's a guy I met a few years ago here on Am3, but in that time he became an important friend, photo-mentor and all around internet buddy. I'm gonna miss you, John.

So John, I decided to interrupt my New Orleans series today to post one of my favorites of your many outstanding, excellent, amazing photographs. Naturally, it's a shot you took at Pfeiffer Beach at Big Sur. It was not easy to pick only one favorite, but I decided this is the one. I think it's because you clued me in to this place when we visited San Francisco and the coast a couple of years ago. I knew you wouldn't steer me wrong - and you didn't. Having been there, I now know why it's one of your most favorite places on this earth. It has become one of mine.

This picture is yours, John. And this post is a tribute to you and the many lives you've touched along the way. One of those is our mutual friend Judy. Here's her special way of remembering...

Godspeed, good friend. Until we meet again.

Ted from South Wales, United Kingdom

lovely tribute.

29 Jun 2011 5:50am

@Ted: My privilege to present it.

tyan from Singapore, Singapore

how beautiful.Love the golden rays reaching beyond the dark clouds, we'll see you at the other side one day. Thank you for posting this Uncle Glenn:)

29 Jun 2011 11:21am

@tyan: Thank you, niece tyan.

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

A wonderful tribute to a talented and vibrant member of our AM3 family! Well done Glenn! ;-)

29 Jun 2011 11:39am

@Eric Cousineau: John's presence enriched us all. I learned a lot from him photographically and processing-wise. But I enjoyed him as John the person, most of all.

Judy aka L@dybug from Brooksville, FL, United States

When I saw the thumbnail my heart skipped a beat ...
What a beautiful tribute, Glenn ... there could be none better. John would be (is) thrilled that you borrowed this awesome image. He and the angels are applauding your efforts!

29 Jun 2011 11:40am

@Judy aka L@dybug: I hope he doesn't mind - I've tried to make it clear it is his, not mine.

Tede from Aubenas 07, France

An array extraordinary, sublime shot. 5 *. Good day.

29 Jun 2011 12:07pm

@Tede: John Wilson was a great photographer and a wonderful friend; this is his photo. I have borrowed it in tribute to his life.

MARIANA from Waterloo, Canada

Oh, so sad . I deeply hoped John would recover and come back to us with his gorgeous landscapes and always friendly comments .
May he rest in peace !!!
This is wonderful tribute and I personally thank you very much !

29 Jun 2011 12:53pm

@MARIANA: You are welcome. John was one special guy.

Amanda from Jersey City, United States

Beautiful and sincere tribute. I love that one of his favorite locations has now become one of yours...parts of us live on in others forever.

29 Jun 2011 12:57pm

@Amanda: Truly. If it hadn't been for John, I would never have known this particular place. He was a master of its many moods, and his many photographs have collected quite a few of them. His legacy and his gift to us, I suppose.

MARIANA from Waterloo, Canada

ps. I just sent an email to support of Am3 with this context :
Hi there .

I just learn that our dear friend John Wilson died .

Viewfinder posted John's picture on his page in tribute to our friend .


My the warmest suggestion would be to post this image on a SPOTLIGHT .

That would be our thanks to John !

Please do it !

Thanks in advance !



29 Jun 2011 1:00pm

@MARIANA: Thanks twice Mariana. John's photos and especially John himself will be missed in so many places... I'm glad we have his photos to remind us of good old Monterey John and his gifted photo "eye".

Photographs by M.E. from San Francisco, United States

for a moment there you got M.E. I miss MontereyJohn, too. You're blessed to have met him.

29 Jun 2011 1:22pm

@Photographs by M.E.: John was actually not around when I was there two years ago; but for years before and since, we communicated many times via the internet in emails and here on Am3. He was every bit as much of a friend as if we were next-door neighbors.

Jason Politte from Conway, AR, United States

Five stars for this post - it's a beautiful tribute. Nicely done.

29 Jun 2011 1:54pm

@Jason Politte: Thanks Jason. John's influence here will always remain.

Marie LC from Entre montagnes et Bretagne, France

What wonderful sunset. Love strong colors and backlight on the rocks

29 Jun 2011 2:40pm

@Marie LC: John knew this area and loved it; his photos of Pfeiffer Beach and the California coastline are proof positive of this.

Tim from Ft. Worth, United States

a wonderful tribute: full of compassion, empathy, and care!

29 Jun 2011 4:31pm

@Tim: Thanks Tim. John was a special guy around here.

Helen from Still somewhere in, France

Wowee! Now that is what Ican a sunset shot!

29 Jun 2011 9:10pm

Helen from Still somewhere in, France

Wowee! Now that is what I call a sunset shot!

29 Jun 2011 9:11pm

@Helen: I'm doubly glad you like this one. It's for my friend John.

foto forté from Phoenix, United States

Glenn....what a beautiful image and a wonderful tribute...I didn't know Monterey John as I'm new here on Am3 but really wish I had because it sounds like he really touched many lives.

29 Jun 2011 10:00pm

@foto forté: He was someone very special; a great photographer, a really good friend.

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

A spectacular tribute.

29 Jun 2011 10:30pm

@Steve Rice: As I know you know, John was a spectacular guy.

Georgie from Sherwood Park, Canada

A perfect choice! May God rest his soul and bring peace to family and friends!

30 Jun 2011 2:51am

@Georgie: Amen!

Tede from Aubenas 07, France

A fitting tribute that this "Spotlight" attributed to him with you, it's moving. Good day.

30 Jun 2011 9:21am

Marie LC from Entre montagnes et Bretagne, France

Congrats for the spotlight : bravo !

30 Jun 2011 9:22am

Judy aka L@dybug from Brooksville, FL, United States

Oh, Glenn ... how wonderful that your tribute made it to the Spotlight! John is smiling, I am sure!

30 Jun 2011 9:32am

Marzia from ., Italy

so beautiful!!

30 Jun 2011 9:50am

Eric Fry from Houston, TX, United States

Beautiful Tribute, Glenn. I'm so sorry to hear about John, he was a really great guy to know.

30 Jun 2011 10:18am

cristoF from montbéliard, France

bravo pour le spotlight ,c'est trés mérité ,une image fabuleuse!!

30 Jun 2011 10:41am

Barbara from Florida, United States

Glenn, you have expressed a beautiful tribute here for our friend John. He inspired and touched many of us. This tribute has made the spotlight of AM3. A beautiful and meaningful reminder of John's view of the world.

30 Jun 2011 11:44am

Laurie from New Jersey, United States

This is sad news. I "knew" John through photoblogging first through Blogger then through Am3. I met John in New York last Fall at the photo-plus expo and I only regret that the meeting was so short as he went back to California shortly after. He will be missed.

This is a beautiful way to honor John's memory.

30 Jun 2011 1:06pm

MARIANA from Waterloo, Canada

I am so happy that my email to Am3 worked .
Once again - thanks for this stunning picture by our dear John and for your friendly tribute !

30 Jun 2011 1:13pm

@MARIANA: Me too. But thank you for making the suggestion. And thanks also to Jason K. for taking you up on it.

Jason Politte from Conway, AR, United States

Glad this photo got a spotlight - well desrved!

30 Jun 2011 1:36pm

Laurette from Fourways - Johannesburg, South Africa

A beautiful tribute to a wonderful and gifted photographer.

30 Jun 2011 1:47pm

Sriram from Chennai, India

Cheers mate. Such a beautiful gift to our friend. Extremely kind of you to do that. This is a lovely philosophical picture.

30 Jun 2011 1:50pm

Ioanaz from Bucharest, Romania

wonderful gesture and shot!

30 Jun 2011 2:08pm

k@ from Paris, France

A very delicate & important tribute, we all gather around you, thank you & Peace*******

30 Jun 2011 2:12pm

Mhelene from Paris, France

A gorgeous photo for John !! He is now staying up us !

30 Jun 2011 2:51pm

William Wilson from San Jose, United States

Thank you all for all the kind words and response to this recent tradegy. This post making a spotlight would make Dad so happy, and I'm sure he is smiling down on all of you with great joy. Going through what I am going through now is difficult but seeing something like this makes it all easier. Again, thank you so much! Keep taking all the great pictures you take. One day they will pose as an invaluable keepsake.

30 Jun 2011 4:11pm

marci from Morocco

what a wonderful tribute to John. a splendid shot of his - he would smile and nod :-D

30 Jun 2011 4:20pm

Elsabe from Johannesburg - Fourways, South Africa

An amazing capture that you chose in tribute of your friend. Surely deserves a spotlight place.

30 Jun 2011 6:21pm

Vinman from Essex, United Kingdom

A great shame to lose him but a fitting tribute, well done.

30 Jun 2011 9:00pm

Enzo from Lausanne, Switzerland

Cette splendide vision crépusculaire est un hommage merveilleux pour honorer la mémoire de John!

30 Jun 2011 10:13pm

Dokmateo from madird, Spain

May he rest in peace! I saw his works because I have him in my blogwatch. May his works and photography remains on us here in Am3. A very great tribute. condolence.

30 Jun 2011 10:35pm

DarkElf from Perth, Australia

beautiful and very appropriate tribute that works on many levels - visually and emotionally!

1 Jul 2011 12:51am

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

A wonderful tribute. Thank you for posting this.

1 Jul 2011 12:57am

Kip Allen from Palm Springs, United States

John's pictures opened my eyes to beauty.

1 Jul 2011 1:59am

Shahryar from Isfahan, Iran

excellent :)

1 Jul 2011 4:57am

DULCIE from Danville, CA, United States

I can hardly respond to this post, I am so very very sad. John is already so genuinely missed. This is a terrific way to honor him, a wonderful tribute. I just wish I could reverse time and bring him back to us.

1 Jul 2011 6:17am

Helma from Tehran, Iran

Stunning !

1 Jul 2011 8:29am

Chriss from Saint Paul, Reunion

Magnifique ! Bravo pour le spotlight !

1 Jul 2011 1:30pm

Tracy from La Selva Beach, United States

Oh, I am very sad.....John was always a great supporter of my photography- this is a beautiful tribute, he loved this place.

1 Jul 2011 3:18pm

S.Bernardin from le Havre, France

A wonderful tribute.

1 Jul 2011 5:05pm

Mindi from Winfield, United States

Beautiful, Beautiful Tribute!!

1 Jul 2011 5:34pm

Phil David Morris 2011 from Saskatoon, Toronto, Canada

A terrible shame, thank you for posting this tribute, so very, very sad !~
Something makes me think I have seen this before, but not likely, its
the relevance & impact on his death !~

1 Jul 2011 8:59pm

@Phil David Morris 2011: Thanks for stopping by and commenting; John will be missed by so many of us. And yes, you probably saw this one on his site; it was posted January 2, 2011 (link).

☺ ► ƸɼiϾ ◄ ☼ from Narbonne, France

wonderfull colors ! and congrat for your spotlight ☺

1 Jul 2011 9:11pm

@☺ ► ƸɼiϾ ◄ ☼: Thanks, but this is John's spotlight. I am just lucky enough to have been his friend.

Rochelle from thunder bay, Canada


7 Jul 2011 4:46am

Paradise from Vienna, Austria

wow! no comment!

9 Jul 2011 8:03am

Sam from Chennai, India

A wonderful tribute to a great photographer. May his soul rest in peace.

10 Jul 2011 6:06am

chakrapani from Hyderabad, India

Lovely fitting tribute !! Rest in peace ! Your photos will really inspire the rest of us .

4 Oct 2011 6:38am

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