Knight Moves.

Photograph © Jeremy Wade Shockley 2010.

The 16Th Street Mall in Denver Colorado has come along way from the downtown Denver I grew up knowing. Public transit, pedestrian mall, classy restaurants, taverns and yes…..Chess sets- all have replaced the gritty downtown of old! There is a public space dedicated to playing chess, stone tables with built in timers, surprisingly almost always in use. Here you will find a mix office workers, drifters and foreigners watching, waiting and playing each other in chess.

This is a unique success story for urban design, especially of public spaces…when drawn plans are laid in stone a community is set in motion, if all goes well…unfortunately some perfectly implemented public spaces remain unused throughout our American cities and towns.

As a photographer do you gravitate towards public spaces to meet strangers– to build short but instant relationships, ultimately coming away with intimate photographs you may not have anticipated?

Your thoughts, comments? – Jeremy

Exposure: An Online Perspective.

Photograph © Jeremy Wade Shockley 2010. All Rights Reserved.

The Open Shutter Gallery has a live link to the upcoming photography exhibit EXPOSURE. If Durango is not in your neck of the woods then perhaps you will enjoy this preview of Friday nights opening show.

This image of a worker trimming his beard on a construction project in the Namibian desert was selected by exhibition juror Phil Borges for an Award of Excellence. Seven Awards of Excellence were presented along with Best of Show, Best of Color and Best of Black & White.

Enjoy the images!

Cheers, Jeremy

Open Shutter Gallery: Exposure

The Open Shutter Gallery in Durango, Colorado presents EXPOSURE, a juried photography exhibition. The show opens on Friday night, March 26th, with images from around the world selected by the show’s Juror Phil Borges in conjunction with the Open Shutter Gallery. This should prove to be a very diverse and compelling exhibition of images, both in subject and style – Hope to see you there!

Click HERE for details and directions.

Cheers, Jeremy

PhotoShelter: Lesotho Photo Archive Launched.

Photograph © Jeremy Wade Shockley 2010.

In conjunction with publishing the Mountain Kingdom photo essay as part of IMPACT: An Online Exhibition, I was able to sort and edit film images from over two years spent living and working amongst the Basotho people. The photographs uploaded thus far are taken from my film/slide archive and have largely been unseen, unpublished before now.

In time I will expand the archive to include digital images from a return trip to Lesotho in 2007.

Please take a moment to visit the PhotoShelter gallery titled LESOTHO right HERE.

Enjoy the photographs….Jeremy

Photograph © Jeremy Wade Shockley 2010.


Photographs © Jeremy Wade Shockley 2010.

Spending a few nights in Denver afforded me the opportunity for some street photography along the 16Th Street Mall and Lodo District.

Living in rural Colorado, I find myself immediately attracted to the cityscape and all the elements that visually define an urban area: rich colors, neon lights, elegant buildings, and yes even the emptiness of great paved spaces and dark alleys. The bars and restaurants draw me in and eventually my senses calm down and as I return to the street, my lens comes back around to focus on the people of this urban landscape and the lives that they live…so different from my own.

I shot these images on my first night out, somewhere between a warm craft of Saki and the comfort of my room at the Brown Palace- using only a 20mm prime lens-ideal for street photography.

Do you find it easiest to shoot images when you first set eyes on a place, while the surrounding environment is still visually arousing all of your senses? A frame by frame visual exploration-documenting with every click of the shutter, unsure whether any of it will ever appear quite the same again.

Colorado Press Association Convention: 2010

Photograph Jeremy Wade Shockley/SU DRUM

Tom Curley, president and chief executive officer of The Associated Press, spoke during the Capitol Hill Luncheon on Friday during the Colorado Press Association’s 132nd Annual Convention.

Curley emphasized AP’s role in new media. Under his leadership, AP is moving rapidly to capture the growing audience for digital and video news. A first milestone was the creation of a multimedia database that allows all AP content to be searched by AP journalists and customers alike.

The 2010 CPA Annual Convention graced Colorado’s historic Brown Palace Hotel.