Three Parts Cider : One Part Jack Daniels.

Photographs © Jeremy Wade Shockley 2009. All Rights Reserved.

The end of a season is marked here by an annual event, an old fashioned apple cider pressing at the Farley’s house in Durango, Colorado.

Apples are washed & pressed, assorted jugs are filled, and drinks are poured well into the evening.

The Apple Jack recipe is simple; A healthy serving of fresh squeezed apple juice blended with Jack Daniels whisky to your liking! You can think of the three to one ratio as more of a guideline!

Quality checking his product is none other than Buck Farley seen here sporting a Stetson for good measure…

Check out last season’s post right HERE to get the full experience and get your name on the list for 2010!

Cheers, Jeremy

Offset Printing Press Rolls On.

Photographs Jeremy Wade Shockley/SU DRUM

This is Bob, he prints the Southern Ute Drum.

Twice a month we take our hard work and collect it onto a digital file, which we then take across the border to New Mexico to be printed by the Farmington Daily Times.

Aside from a few adaptions to technology transfer, the printing process rolls on much as it has for the last century with the use of an Offset Printing Press. Fast & Dirty is the best way to describe a couple thousand newspapers coming off the print line!

The Southern Ute Drum is a small print run in comparison to their Daily Newspaper, and every effort is made to assure quality control as our latest edition rolls off the belts for a final count and bundle.

One of the most interesting aspects of my job at the Southern Ute Drum is that we are directly involved with every step of getting our paper on the street and into your hands, or online! An invaluable experince in an era where the future of printed media sits uneasy, and digital journalism is fast becoming the standard.

Change is inevitable, but for now we can rest easy knowing that crews like Bob’s are still working around the clock in shifts to bring the news to your doorstep every morning without fail!

Any thoughts on the future of digital media, the direction of printed media or the effects these changes will have on the nature of journalism as we know it? Are we seeing the end, or just the beginning of this global economy?

I look forward to hearing your “two cents” on this subject. Post your comments, thoughts, ideas…

I like to think that things are just getting started!

Cheers, Jeremy

American Southwest.

Photograph © Jeremy Wade Shockley 2009.

As my own adventures continue to unfold in the neighboring regions of New Mexico, Arizona and Utah I find myself taking on heavily photographed subjects. The idea in my mind is to create my own experince and hope that the photographs will each reflect that personal moment between photographer & environment!

I posted a link of just such images on…Enjoy!

Photograph © Jeremy Wade Shockley 2009.

"With Our Yesterday, We Dream of Our Tomorrow"

Photograph Jeremy Wade Shockley/SU DRUM

The theme was set for this year’s Tribal Fair & Powwow poster, the challenge was to find an image to express these words visually.

I chose the image of a young Northern Traditional Dancer to convey the idea that the future lies in our youth, while the yesterday is carried on through traditions.

In this case I sought out an image from our archive that had been previously published in the Southern Ute Drum Newspaper. This portrait had strong visual qualities while still addressing the guiding motto and theme of the Tribal Fair & Powwow.

“With Our Yesterday, We Dream of Our Tomorrow”

Do you find that ideas and concepts guide your photography, or is the story or theme a product of strong imagery created previously or even simultaneously?

A World of Photographs.

Photograph © Earl Dotter 2009.

Photojournalist Earl Dotter paid a visit to the Southern Ute Drum production room following our lead story on the Solix Biofuels dedication which took place here on the Southern Ute Reservation.

Earl has led a dedicated career in photojournalism with an emphasis on labor issues and I strongly encourage you visit his website to see his work firsthand and learn more about his direction as a journalist.
In line with his current project, Earl made a portrait of yours truly, holding our Solix cover story- Hot off the Press! The background images you might recognize as being the works of Chris Johns and David Alan Harvey clipped from the National Geographic Magazine and pinned up as a source of visual inspiration!
Where does your own inspiration come from? Do you find yourself looking to other photographers, painters to fuel your creative journey, or do set out to create entirely original work, unbiased and unaffected, or is this even possible in a world flooded with imagery?
And if so, which photographers have been influential to you, your style, your direction? Who inspires you!
Here’s to Earl and here’s to Inspiration!

Cheers, Jeremy

River of the Lost Souls.

Photographs © Jeremy Wade Shockley 2009. All Rights Reserved.

A cold snap dropped the colors early this fall as our train cars rocked back and forth on their slow ascent up the canyon. Following the Animas River into the granite cliffs above Durango and into the Weminuche wilderness.

The warm light that poured into the closed train cars was as welcome as the warm coffee in our hands.

The river below runs through rock cut from centuries of runoff, turned an iridescent green by the minerals it carries with it. The coal powered train steams forward, unaffected by the change of seasons, loss of fall foliage or the years which have redefined it’s very purpose.

Grand Entry.

Photograph Jeremy Wade Shockley/SU DRUM

Powwow season comes to a close for the year, as we cover our own Southern Ute Tribal Fair & Powwow and the Council Tree Powwow to the North. Each represented by it’s own photo essay in the Southern Ute Drum newspaper: Enter Here.

The above photograph was taken using available light as dancers entered the arena for Grand Entry. The often times difficult backlighting seen here, created an impressive glow, and set these images apart from the rest. The trick was to angle myself in just such a way as to avoid the light directly, and thus avoid any solar flare in the camera lens. The subsequent color and contrast in this image, give it a timeless feel!

Hope you enjoy…Cheers, Jeremy