Ninth & South.

Photograph © Jeremy Wade Shockley 2010.

I shot this image at the Farmer’s Market off of South Street in Philadelphia. I wanted to capture the moment for Rachel, and myself. I wanted to be able to remember with clarity the happiness that Rachel carried so bravely the day before her surgery and the isolation that would define her remaining days on the East Coast.

The rain was appropriate for such a day, and as a street photographer I feel that the ability to evoke the mood of a place and the people within those settings is often a suggestion of the weather. Work with what you have, but never dismiss the photographic opportunities that come along with adverse weather.

Cheers, Jeremy

Malignant Melanoma and the Road to Philadelphia.

Photograph © Jeremy Wade Shockley 2010.

Expecting the unexpected. Understanding Cancer and the very fragility of our existence that we take for granted in our day to day routine. Praying for sight and life. The whirlwind of emotions set forth in one afternoon. The afternoon that Rachel was diagnosed with eye cancer, spring was touching the green grass beneath our feet, a breeze to dry the tears.

Set into action our journey has landed us on the East Coast where we are perhaps over the worst, and bracing for the rest. The Wills Eye Institute in Philadelphia took us in on short notice, testing and examinations were followed by kind, strong words and enough physician related paperwork and phone calls to fill up the week. The eye surgery involved inserting a radioactive plaque into the left eye, Rachel rests now in the quite of a spacious room, counting down the days to the aforementioned radiation being removed and her freedom regained.

Loss of eye sight is inevitable, beginning in just a few short years Rachel will become dependent on seeing life though her healthy right eye, with an even deeper understanding of the important role it plays. If the procedure is deemed a success the cancer will be removed and her eye will survive despite the vision loss. Not the case in many countries across the world, or even our own twenty years ago, when the eye was removed without question to prevent the cancer cells from spreading.

We are thankful for the days spent here in Philadelphia during the initial testing, when the very idea was still distant and we busied our minds sharing the experince of a new city underfoot.

We hope for the best, embrace the future and are ever appreciative of the gracious support we have received from those closest to us.

Best, Jeremy

Michael Kircher On Photography.

Photographs © Jeremy Wade Shockley 2010.

The images posted above are selected from a single “filmstrip” so to speak…portraits made both directly and candidly over drinks in Philadelphia. Mike and I are photographers of a similar mindset and exchange our ideas, knowledge regularly- via email, phone calls and every so often over drinks.

Our friendship began in Wyoming a number of years ago. We met while taking in a workshop under the excellent council of Jodi Cobb, William Albert Allard, James Hill and David Alan Harvey who were among the many talented photojournalist and magazine editors involved in the Photography Summit.

Mike and I work towards similar goals with similar approach, and our collective ideas yield far greater results then those met alone. With this I can only encourage anyone in photography or journalism to find a few others who share your talent and passion, build those relationships and seek out knowledge together!

Cheers, Jeremy

David Alan Harvey, Curator of Burn Magazine, Sets New Standards In Online Publishing.

Photograph © Jeremy Wade Shockley 2010. All Rights Reserved.

David Alan Harvey, curator of Burn Magazine, recently announced that his online publication would begin paying for work published on the site. This is a great step in the magazine industry as photographers are often seeing their work on screen rather than in print and pay scales should still be reflected by the quality and circulation of one’s work regardless of the medium, be it online or in print!

Visit Burn Magazine to learn more…….

Cheers, Jeremy

Photograph © Jeremy Wade Shockley 2010. All Rights Reserved.

The Gathering Of Nations.

Photographs Jeremy Wade Shockley/SU DRUM

Southern Ute Drum coverage from last weeks Gathering of Nations Powwow, held under open skies in Albuquerque New Mexico and hailed as America’s Largest Powwow….visit the DRUM online to read the full essay.

Photograph Jeremy Wade Shockley/SU DRUM

Shooting Wide In Chaco Canyon.

Photograph © Jeremy Wade Shockley 2010.

A weekend spent at Chaco Canyon gave me the perfect opportunity to test out some new glass, the Tokina 12-24mm F4. Not the fastest lens perhaps, but beautifully well built and tack sharp! Certainly a lens that must be used in moderation, but a nice accompaniment to my standard go to primes.

Such a wide lens seems to always work best on the most expansive landscapes and conversely in the tightest of quarters…the above image was shot at the wide end of this lens, giving the image a full view of the Kiva in the foreground, sunset for atmosphere. In many of the other images I was able to include extra details into my composition, not possible with a standard lens. In all the years that I have shot at Pueblo Bonito and in the canyon – this was the most experimental.

Hope you enjoy the images! Jeremy

Photograph © Jeremy Wade Shockley 2010.

Long Cold Winter.

Photo Jeremy Wade Shockley/SU DRUM

Spring is apone us here in the Southwest of Colorado where winter has persisted for longer than normal, bitter cold mornings and heavy snowfalls are perhaps behind us for the season, or so most hope!

This shot was taken on a particularly cold morning for the Southern Ute Drum newspaper on a short piece about energy resources on reservations lands.