Jack Settle was always interested and delighted by nature. As a baby, he would dance and sway in his stroller to the cicadas’ song, and one of his first sentences was, “Make a ‘moo’” - repeatedly demanding that his mom draw a moon with the sidewalk chalk in their driveway. Jack began collecting insects when he was around three years old, and he continued to collect bugs until he was in fifth grade. At that point, having grown tired of bug carcasses in the freezer, Jack’s parents bought him a point-and-shoot camera, and encouraged him to create a digital bug collection. Soon after receiving the camera, Jack began watching YouTube videos in order to improve his skills. There, he discovered the videos of photographers like Thomas Shahan, a fellow Okie, who was well-known for his gorgeous photographs of Oklahoma jumping spiders. Becoming dissatisfied with the capabilities of his point-and-shoot camera, Jack saved for a couple of years and purchased a DSLR (Canon Rebel T3i) the summer before 7th grade. That year, for his 13th birthday, Jack’s mother arranged for Jack to meet and hang out with Thomas Shahan for an afternoon at a Tulsa nature center! A short time later, Jack photographed an Oklahoma jumping spider in his front driveway — an image which landed him in London and the House of Commons, and earned him the title of “2013 Royal Society of Biology’s Young Photographer of the Year”.
Since then Jack has worked as the house photographer for the BOK Center in Tulsa and photographed bands such as Coldplay, Green Day, Chance the Rapper, Twenty One Pilots, The Weeknd, Blink-182, A Day To Remember, Tim McGraw & Faith Hill, Eric Church, Korn, Meghan Trainor, Billy Joel, Shinedown, 5 Seconds of Summer, The 1975, Kansas, and more. Additionally, he photographed most of the 2016 presidential candidates including, Donald Trump, Bernie Sanders, Ted Cruz, and Marco Rubio. Jack earned spots three years in a row to study photography at the prestigious Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute where he was under the tutelage of such renowned photographers as Kurt Markus, David Emitt Adams, and Paul Taggart, and technicians Ben Long and Konrad Eek. Jack’s work has been displayed at the Royal Institute in London, on the cover of the UK’s The Biologist, in The Independent, in art museums all over Oklahoma, and in 2018 he hosted his first gallery displaying only his work in his hometown of Bartlesville, Oklahoma. Jack currently shoots with a full frame DSLR (Canon 5d Mark iii) and a medium format film camera (Mamiya RB67), and he lives in Nashville, Tennessee where he is pursuing his country music dreams! You can check out his music at jacksettle.com!