The Schank House.

Photographs © Jeremy Wade Shockley 2008. All Rights Reserved.

While many photojournalist opt for city life in some of the fastest paced communities across the globe, I rolled the dice once more, returning to the very place in Colorado where I grew up. I came home to the valley of my youth, bent on the idea that one must not necessarily sacrifice quality of life in order to pursue a career as challenging as professional photography.

In this, one of the greatest principals of photojournalism has been understood; one need not photograph exotic lands or historical moments to create compelling, powerful, or even beautiful images. But rather fully understand the subject at hand, tell your own story through photographs and the images will speak for themselves. I believe that if you take on a story idea that interests you, then that idea will take on interest!

Great photographic works are not shot from a distance but rather from arms length, and above all they involve dedication and understanding.

This short essay was shot at the local bar across the road from where I live; a couple birthdays rolled together with the opening of the Schank House saloon, and the energy of the night was set in motion! This is a small slice of life, community, and family. This is Vallecito, this is a part of my own story. – Enjoy

End of the Line for Digital Railroad.

Photograph © Jeremy Wade Shockley 2008. All Rights Reserved.

For many in the photography industry this is already old news, but for others who occasionally frequent my “Stock Archive” it might come as a surprise to know it is officially no more. Over the last two years I have had the opportunity to market my stock photography on Digital Railroad, a company that seemed to be on the up and up, until a recent and unexpected shutdown signaled the end of the line for the Railroad. This site not only served to market my work, but also provided online storage and viewing for over six thousand images! Fear not, they are backed up, perhaps a bit unorganized, but secure none-the-less.

I hope to be able to have many of those images back online in the near future for both editors and friends to view and access. I apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. The immediate solution has not presented it’s self…but the ideas are rolling! Stay tuned…

Wishing all the best! Cheers, Jeremy

Election Day: Our Nation looks forward…

Last minute phone calls rally voters to the polls on Election Day.

Supporters take to the streets of Durango in the height of elections on Tuesday.

Voters line up at Fort Lewis College to cast their votes on Tuesday, November 4th, 2008. Durango, Colorado.

As I write this entry I hear the words of our President Elect, Barack Obama, expressing his hopes, his dreams and his ideals for our Nation, our country, the United States of America, “A new dawn of American leadership is at hand!”

Given the energy, concern and involvement leading up to this election on all sides, what thoughts do you have towards the immediate outcome of the US Election and the future of our country? How do the words “Yes, we can.” resound in your own hearts/minds?

Photographs © Jeremy Wade Shockley 2008. All Rights Reserved.