R.I.P Tom Jefferson

Greenpeace - videographer and photgrapher -Tom-Jefferson Image: ©Dean Sewell

Greenpeace photographer Tom Jefferson  /  Image: ©Dean Sewell

Tom Jefferson really was the best of men and the worst of men. His untimely death on the 21st of May has broken our hearts and illuminated the truth of that sentence.

He was the best of men in the way he loved his two beautiful daughters and in the way he brought adventure, joy and a very big world into their lives. In the way he loved his partner of over 17 years, Juliet Lamont, a woman he respected as much as loved, his creative partner and travelling companion in all his adventures.

Driving home after a weekend away working for Greenpeace recently, Tom said, “sometimes the best part of the going away is getting home to the girls…those are the three people I want to always spend time with – they’re my home.”

He was the best of men in the way he generously welcomed the stranger, the out-of-towner, in the way his eye caught and his photography recorded the simple beauty of who we are. The exhilaration of action, the play of light, the stillness of the soul looking out through battered eyes. Tom’s photography revealed not just ourselves but his own humanity, love and hope.

He was truly the worst of men for the risks he took, for endlessly pushing the envelope, for taunting life, for squaring off to fate and challenging it to have a go, take a swing. What he may not have realised is that fate was as warmed and charmed by him as the rest of us.

Dear Tom, we will miss you until we all meet again. Until then, thank you for your photos, for your courage and laughter and for the grace to live life at full tilt.

Tom Jefferson, a passionate and strong environmental activist, and documentary maker, loved the Leard State Forest. You can take action to remember his legacy by contributing to the movement to protect it.

  • Cat Dorey

    Thanks Julie. Beautiful.

  • Emma Briggs

    I can’t believe it. Thanks for your words Julie 🙁

  • Rashini

    Beautiful words Julie. Thanks so much for writing this.

  • lala

    My son in law , Tom , always slagged us Lamonts for being short , for being Scottish , for being Rangas ! My reply was always that he was stuck with us now & even better in the next lifetime too . So Tom , here’s to the next round .
    You kept me young , kept me on my toes & even offered to fix me up with a bloke when we all went out . I just had to let you know & you’d sort it.
    Thank you , Tom , for always making sure there was music in our lives , for the love & the laughs , for sorting us . I miss you mate , lala x
    now I don’t even know which button to press to send this – yeah , you’re right Rangas !

  • Chris

    How very sad – condolences to all who knew and loved Tom. I guess Tom was ready for the next big adventure…have fun Tom, you will obviously be missed here though!

  • Vezna Veneris

    Did he suicide?No mention of cause of death here.

    • aaron

      I doubt that very much. Maybe not the place to be asking. Such things at this time.

  • Antonieta Salvador

    “the best of men and the worst…” was he is was one without the other was nothing. I believe that was the essence for Tom Jefferson, R.I.P. My sincerest condolences, and praying for the family!!

  • Rachel

    This is really shocking news. I bumped into Tom and Juliette in San Cristobal de las casa in Mexico about 8 years ago and was really happy to see him again so happy, successful and with a beautiful family. My thoughts go out to you all.

  • Matt

    It’s really hard to choose what to say when someone like Tom stops being there.
    One thing I know he would want is to have some of his best photographs on show.
    Tom’s portfolio is below.
    Friends and family will be updated of a memorial service soon. We will also hold an exhibition of Tom’s work where proceeds will go to his loving family.
    We miss you mate.


    • Catherine

      Hi Matt. Please keep us posted re. a memorial service. Our hearts are so heavy. It’s too hard to believe it really. Thank you.

  • Louise

    What lovely words Julie to sum up the life of a wonderful young man, cut short so painfully. We knew Tom for over 20 years and loved hearing his news and the chat about the life he had created with Juliet and his fantastic daughters. We are still in shock and devastated that one so young, talented, brave, funny and courageous has gone. His photos are part of his legacy along with the love he gave and shared with family and friends, he made his mark and we will think of him always.

  • jez

    I grew up with tom and cant quite believe this news am so sad that a man that shone so bright and was full of life has gone I show my deepest respects to his family and fiends and hold his shining light in my memories of teenage years in my heart so sad and so in shock 🙁

  • Nicola

    Words can’t describe how sad I feel …broken hearted to hear this news…Tom was my Best Friend as a teen and he’s been with me in my heart since,I finally traced him last year and he told me ALL about the wonderful life he had led since we last spoke….WoW…..I always knew he was special ??
    I send Love and Peace to his friends and family….just so glad to know he was Happy. I Love You Tom…..Always and Forver xox Nicola xox

    • laura

      Some people you never forget. I am so very sad to hear this news but happy that Tom had such a wonderful life and a beautiful loving family.
      Love and best wishes to Toms family