Swift Eagle

Photographs Jeremy Wade Shockley/SU DRUM

Featherweight Boxing champion Thaddine Swift Eagle-Johnson recently won a title bout against Japan’s Amie Iawaski, bringing the Women’s Professional Boxing Association Intercontinental Featherweight belt home to Durango, Colorado.

I was fortunate enough to meet with Thaddine here in Ignacio, Colorado at the Sun Ute training facility for a brief interview and photo essay for the Drum Newspaper. It was pleasure to be able to work with Thaddine before and during her training session. I hope these photographs express her humble persona as well as the strength and dedication she shows as a fighter!

Thaddine is also an artist; with an interest in both painting and photography. Working together to create this photo essay was a real pleasure for me, Thaddine understood my creative intentions, my angles, and my dedication to “getting” the shot. It was a ballet of sorts, her persona as a “fighter” and my role as the journalist.

Do you ever find yourself shooting other photographers; perhaps on assignment, at a workshop, or while kicking back some cold beers with camera in hand? Do you find other photographers at ease to being the subject of your own photographs, or rather elusive?

Of course this is a case by case example, but I welcome your thoughts any way!

THE SOUTHERN UTE DRUM NEWSPAPER write up on Thaddine Swift Eagle can be read HERE on the back page.

Pen to Paper….Rachel Beckelhymer

Photograph © Jeremy Wade Shockley 2009.

Direction is often something that finds us, rather then the other way around. My own life is no exception!

The direction that we ultimately take in our lives dictates our experiences, our careers, and so forth. But never for one second should this be considered permanent, there is no wrong direction. Direction is merely that….a direction leading into a series of experiences, those experiences in turn lead to new directions. This is Life!

Belive in yourself, live for the moment, follow your heart and it will not lead you astray!

Rachel has taken a new direction in her own life, one that will lead to whatever experiences, challenges and assignments that find her. In this journey I wish her the best. It will be difficult and often unfullfilling; ultimately it will take her in her own direction, and as with most challenges, the experiences along the way and the understanding of them, is Priceless!

Please take a minute to view Rachel’s Website HERE!

Enjoy the journey….


Photograph © Jeremy Wade Shockley 2009.

Snow Down in Egypt!

Photographs © Jeremy Wade Shockley 2009. All Rights Reserved.

Durango folk take to the streets in the long standing tradition of Snow Down festivities last Friday night. Close friends, perfect strangers, and good whisky make for an evening of photographic opportunity on this cold Colorado evening!

Enjoy! – Jeremy