Farewell, Jeff Lamb

I realize that this blog has already had a post regarding the passing of Jeff Lamb, but I wanted to share my own thoughts about him.

Here is a link to his obituary, written by his beautiful widow, Leyla. Thanks to donations from friends of Jeff, this obituary will remain online for a year.

The advent of social media has changed the way we correspond in so many ways. It has changed the way used to communicate via telephone. How many people do you know that still have a “home phone”? I gave mine up a few years ago. I find it amazing and yet refreshing that less and less people are relying on the telephone to contact people. I never was a “phone person” myself. I always found it intrusive and rude.

Social media has also changed the way in which we interact with people.

The birth of Facebook and Myspace and other social media sites have made it easy for us to have “friends” all over the world. Jeff Lamb was one example of this. Just check out his Facebook page to see how many people he touched. There are condolences there from all over the world.

Jeff communicated with people in a way that found their happy spot. He made them “LOL” as they sat with their laptops, their desktops and their smartphones. Jeff loved people. He interacted with people VIRTUALLY. I believe that virtual communication represents the direction we are taking in interaction with each other. The whole world is out there for us to meet! Our parents never in their wildest dreams could have foreseen this. We are lucky to experience it.

You could tell through your online conversations with him that Jeff loved life. He would see the beauty in places that most of us would just walk right past; until we saw – through his photography – what he saw.

Jeff’s love for New Orleans never faded. He lived in New Orleans from 1978 thru ’85, where he met Leyla. His photography of the city will live on forever. As a matter of fact, Jeff’s pictures have helped the The Preservation Resource Center of New Orleans document some of the incredible architecture this city has had, both before and after Katrina.

Jeff loved his dog Sonny Boy, who was the subject of so many photographs. Here is a link to one of the hundreds if not thousands of photos of Sonny Boy.

Jeff leaves behind the woman he loved dearly, Leyla. If you would like to help Leyla out, go on over to one of his galleries and purchase some prints. Here’s a good start. I purchased six prints on Wednesday and got them on Friday. His photography is very inspiring to amateurs like myself.

Here is his photostream on flickr. that has many pictures of New Orleans in the late 70s, early 80s.

Here’s a book of Jeff’s photos available for purchase.

Another flickr album.

Here are other posts related to Jeff’s passing:

Random Photo Blog has a great photo of Jeff as well as a

Michigan Pics remembers Jeff

Lansing Rocks’ mention of Jeff’s passing.

Nola photos .

I just discovered that Jeff had a wordpress account, updated in 2011 here .

RIP, Jeff

2 thoughts on “Farewell, Jeff Lamb

  1. Very interesting thoughts. I got to know Jeff over the internet and would agree that he was a pioneer in virtuality and building online relationships.

  2. What a beautiful tribute, Judy. Jeff also created and curated a Flickr group called NOAHsurvey (New Orleans Architectural History Survey) which can be found here. The mission was to document as many historical and architecturally significant structures as possible. I hope the members will continue the wonderful work he started in this group.

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