North Dakota’s Epic Singletrack.

Photograph © Jeremy Wade Shockley 2010.

The Maah Daah Hey Trail in North Dakota holds a special place in my heart and is an adventure of great magnitude. The trail stretches across North Dakota’s badlands offering a solitude not found anywhere else. The Maah Daah Hey spans well over a hundred miles, encompassing tight single track, aggressive climbs and epic descents that make every pedal stroke worthwhile.

Guided by Escape Adventures with additional support from Dakota Cyclery Mountain Bike Adventures this five-day journey across the badlands offered so much more than just a bike ride. The Maah Daah Hey was as challenging as it was relaxing – leaving each rider with an unforgettable experience at weeks end.

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The 101st. Post.

Photograph © Jeremy Wade Shockley 2010. All Rights Reserved.

This is an image of my grandfather taken in 2006, at age 78. A stone mason since the age of 12, even now he is waiting for the snow to melt so that he may pick up his hammers and work once again.

This is officially my 101st post! I opened up the forum Fedora Photo Projects with a short photo essay on Lesotho’s aging population and their strengthening role within the community on September 26, 2007. Since then I have touched on subjects ranging from the American West to Sub Saharan Africa, and my own backyard while hopefully touching on the craft of photojournalim itself.

I want to share my gratitude for all who have stopped in on the site, shared it with others, and especially to those who keep coming back.

…..Thank You!

Solace.

Jeremy Wade Shockley/SU DRUM

As staff photographer for the Southern Ute Drum many projects come across my desk including the Tribal Calendar. Not bad since it gives me an opportunity to take photographs originally published in newsprint and get a high gloss version off the press!

The cover shot for this year’s calendar was taken on Tribal lands, catching some early morning light across the glassy surface of Scott’s Pond.

Enjoy the image- Jeremy

A Photographic Retrospective.

Jeremy Wade Shockley/SU DRUM

Young dancers walk in single file alongside the Historic Durango & Silverton Narrow-gauge Railroad Train in August 2009 after it reached its destination at Cascade. Young Shyden Pinnecoose leads the dancers, who participated in a mini-powwow for a group of visiting tourists as part of the first annual Heritage Train event.

Looking back on the Southern Ute Reservation in 2009, milestones were reached and other dreams just began. The Animas-La Plata Project finally opened after almost a century of work. The Tribe partnered with Solix Biofuels to create a plant to convert algae to energy. The first-ever Tri-Ute Games were hosted right here in Ignacio. We review the highlights in the most recent issue of the Southern Ute Drum Online.

The full retrospective can be viewed on page six and seven of this weeks issue. Links have been updated.

Enjoy the Images! Cheers, Jeremy

The Serendipitous Self Portrait.

Photograph © Jeremy Wade Shockley 2010. All Rights Reserved.

I have certainly set out to make a number of self portriats over the years- usually a request or assignment of some sort. Although since going digital, I have found myself shooting the odd reflection or miscast shadow if the image catches my interest.

These scenarios are almost always the product of isolation- like talking to ones self perhaps. I find that as I move about car grave yards, empty buildings or quite streets that my images often gravitiate to the human element – often times my own! The serendipitous self portrait is perhaps the best, truly documentary and usually unpretentous….

As photographers do you find yourself making or rather taking self portraits which you might liken to a chance encounter?

I would certainly argue that the many self portraits taken over the years by some of the most influential photographers are now an invaluable part of the photographic record.

Just something to think about next time you catch your own reflection -camera in hand! Cheers, Jeremy

Durango Herald Highlights Open Shutter Exhibit.

Photograph © Jeremy Wade Shockley 2010. All Rights Reserved.

The Durango Herald interviewed me for a piece on the Open Shutter’s community show titled Travel in todays edition of the paper.

Visit the Durango Herald online to read the article HERE.

Enjoy the story & see you at the show!

Cheers, Jeremy

Open Shutter Gallery: TRAVEL

Photograph © Jeremy Wade Shockley 2010. All Rights Reserved.

The Open Shutter Gallery, 735 Main Ave. Durango will exhibit a show titled “TRAVEL”, a collection of images from community members of Durango. Local amateur and professional photographers will be showcasing their work at the Gallery for the community show. The exhibit begins Friday, January 8th and continues through January 20th, 2010.

The show consists of both color and black and white photographs entered by community members highlighting the theme of the exhibit. Come enjoy the creative and wonderful images as seen through the eyes and lenses our local artists. This is an opportunity you shouldn’t miss!

Please join us for the opening reception and to meet our local photographers, Friday January 8th 5PM – 8PM. For more information contact the Open Shutter Gallery at 382-8355 or visit www.openshuttergallery.com

Cheers, Jeremy

Photograph © Jeremy Wade Shockley 2010. All Rights Reserved.