Route 66: Longing for the Open Road.

Photograph © Jeremy Wade Shockley 2011.

Simi trailers line the horizon on Interstate 40, crisscrossing the desert in each direction, hauling their wares around the clock. An icon of days gone by sits to the north, memorializing the historic road bed of a once parallel thoroughfare: Historic Route 66.

Speeding away from the setting sun, at a comfortable forty-five miles an hour, I took a moment to embrace the aging highway through the painted desert, wondering if America can ever return to its former pace, and the glory of its open roads, a country that perhaps better understood the freedom, that we fight for today.

Do you ever find yourself seeking the identity of lost landscapes, byproducts of iconic generations and way of life now forgotten?

Photograph © Jeremy Wade Shockley 2011.

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A Night at the El Chapultepec.



An evening at the El Chapultepec in old town Denver. A favorite of mine. I believe that Jack Kerouac and the likes of Neal Cassidy used to saddle up to this very bar.
Not many venues left like this out West.
We traded the crowded bar area, and live jazz performance for some reliable stick. My cousin Ben Shockley, his wife Shelby, Dave & Melina…and a guy named Lloyd. Spelled with two L’s of course.
… and I believe pictures will speak for themselves.



Photographs © Jeremy Wade Shockley 2011.
….and the final edit. Just couldn’t pass up on this portrait of my good friend Dave Pike.
Photographs © Jeremy Wade Shockley 2011.

Spotlight on Galleries: Ranch Life

Photograph © Jeremy Wade Shockley 2011.

This is the first post from an ongoing sereis that will highlight various galleries within my personal stock photography archive. The archive serves to provide searchable, client friendly access to editors and art directors worldwide, while also serving as a robust website, with easy to use image download and print purchase features. Not a bad website platform either- mouse over features and a built in slideshow make it an enjoyable photography site!

The first of the galleries to be finalized are Ranch Life and Ranch Life II.

Ranch Life began as an assignment while attending the Photography at the Summit workshop in 2006 held in Jackson, Wyoming. The program is hailed as one of the most valuable and productive workshops in North America, drawing top level instruction from photographers and editors of National Geographic, Time, and American Photo.

My personal focus was an ongoing essay on cowboy culture and the life of modern ranchers in Teton County. I quickly made connections with a third generation ranching family as I developed the photographic essay. The Mead family has since welcomed me back on numerous occasions to continue my work in the valley.

Please follow the live links above to see the full photographic essay and license images from Fedora Photo.

Any feedback will be greatly appreciated as I continue to improve the design and content of this site.

Best, Jeremy

Photograph © Jeremy Wade Shockley 2011.

The Photographic Book.

Photograph © Jeremy Wade Shockley 2011.

The photographic book is perhaps one of the finest venues for a solid body of work, the product of a long term project, or one’s life work.

Timeless.

I have stacks of National Geographic magazines loitering around the house, as well as books from my youth, read, reread lining the wooden shelves of my mountain home. Some novels remain unopened- awaiting a quieter time in my life. There is perhaps no such time in the foreseeable future… A deeper passion is my love of images, and the books that exemplify that visual journey – a collection that will see no end in this lifetime!

Some of my absolute favorites are pictured here, mostly image collections, but the artistic visions of photographers; Abell, Stanfield, Kashi, Allard, and Harvey are represented by their respective published works. To soak up a collection of photographic work is an education in itself…may the tea kettle often whistle!

Mentorship, Authorship, and the Words of David Alan Harvey.

Photograph © Jeremy Wade Shockley 2011.

I first saw the work of David Alan Harvey at an impressionable time in my life. I was in my early twenties, working and studying in Latin America. The books and literature I consumed revolved around Spanish culture at large. I clearly remember sitting in my small, barren apartment overlooking the colonial architecture of Cuenca sprawling out below me, a quart of mildly warm Pilsner at my side and a National Geographic magazine opened to an article on Cuba. The work was David’s of course. I said to myself, this guy knows how to have a good time…. And he shoots for the Geographic.

I was inspired.

The intimate, colorful images stuck with me as I traversed the full length of Central America and Mexico, camera in hand, arriving some months later in a poorly lit bus depot outside of Albuquerque, New Mexico. I had completed my journey. I immediately sought out a lab to develop the film canisters I had been packing around, in a ragged ziplock bag. So began my passion for imagery.

In the following year I would return to Colorado and finish my degree in architecture. I wasted no time in unpacking an old Pentax K1000, given to me by my mother upon graduating high school, and made friends with the Universities’ visual resource department. Hours washed away in the darkroom.

My love of photography, combined with a lifetime of travel, set in motion a career which I had not yet fully conceptualized.

Photograph © Jeremy Wade Shockley 2010.

In the years following my degree I found myself wandering the red earthen trails of Ha Mohatlane, generally just keeping myself busy, shooting as much film as I could afford to develop on the stipend of a Peace Corps volunteer working in Africa. This was not a large sum of money. Passion led to direction. I needed fuel. My time in Lesotho neared it’s end, I had crossed every district in the Mountain Kingdom, photographed most of it, and desperately wanted to understand photojournalism to a fuller extent. I knew then that I wanted to make a difference through photography.

The words and images of David Alan Harvey came to me in a small field guide published by the National Geographic, where a dozen or so iconic Geographic photographers really speak from the heart about image making and the role of photography in telling a story. I soaked this one up- a couple of times. I related especially to David’s intimate and honest approach. More about the moment-less about the equipment.

Two years later I was introducing myself to David Harvey and Jodi Cobb in a room full of photographers.

Back on American soil, my drive was fueled by the immediate desire to make a career for myself, the opportunities presented by a fist full of credit cards, and an open road. With that said, I packed my aging pickup, a nineteen and seventy-seven Chevrolet with the basics, a couple of film cameras and headed to Wyoming for a weeklong workshop led by some of the most respected and iconic photographers and editors of our time. I can’t quite say “the rest is history” because that was only the beginning!

I took this portrait of David the other day at a cafe, not the exact photo I had intended to take just moments before, while sipping on my coffee. David, relaxed, pensive, his hands gesturing as his thoughts formulated. I missed that one. This will have to work.

David’s advice…Sail your own Boat!

A short video segment produced by David’s son, Bryan Harvey …enjoy the film.

Bryan Harvey Films

Photograph © Jeremy Wade Shockley 2010.

Ushering in the New Year…





Photographs © Jeremy Wade Shockley 2011.

Celebrating amongst friends and neighbors at the Schank House saloon. Toasting to the new year…drinking for the previous. Slow shutter, short depth of filed…no flash. Going for intimacy, and authenticity. This method will always yield missed frames, but when it works…well heres a few of my favorites!

Enjoy the images. Jeremy