I had cause to attend the AIPP Nikon gathering at the Adelaide Hilton in October, an event known as, interestingly, The Event.
I must confess, until the second last day of this gathering, I had never heard of Jesh De Rox. He was listed, incorrectly as I later found out, as speaking on "Experimental Photography", and that interested me.
After two and a half hours, instead of attending a workshop on how to create arty shmarty experimental photography with "my super new crazy and zany ideas", I found I had experienced a roller coaster of incredibly uplifting emotion, awareness, inspiration, motivation and just an all round fantastic feeling.
Jesh spoke with more honesty, logic and human respect than I have ever heard uttered form those to whom we trust our futures, politicians. I heard more about respect, dignity, spirituality, decency and love than I have ever heard from any Priest, Pope, Rabbi or Minister. Yet not once was God mentioned, nor was religion.
Yet, all this was tied in so naturally, logically and obviously with art and photography. And it all made sense.
Jesh is a very unique individual, he speaks wonderfully and grabs your attention from the moment he starts. Entertaining as hell, yet highly observant and intellectual in matters of logic and the obvious. He is like a hyrbid of Jerry Seinfeld, Albert Einstein and Picasso.
I was, very simply put, impacted by a man I had never previously met and knew nothing about. I could identify with and understand his philosophy so easily it was uplifting.
He has made me view my future photography, my life, my respect towards others and my own personal attitude in a completely new light. And all this from a photographer.
He brought audience members to tears with displays of emotion, love and respect, and how easy these things are to obtain, and he had us in fits of giggles with his fascinating view of the behaviour of us all.
I met Jesh very briefly. All I can say is it was a seminar I'll never forget, and I have seen a lot of those. I sincerely hope I am lucky enough to one day meet again with one of the lovliest souls on our planet.
The photograph above was taken from the back of the room with my iPhone 4, every time I see this photo I can feel the memory of that moment, and that's just what a photograph should do.
Blessed Be Jesh, you're a gift to those who need to feel a difference.