Durango Herald Features Southern Ute Culture.

Photograph Jeremy Wade Shockley/The Southern Ute Drum

The Durango Herald featured two stories on Southern Ute Cultural events in today’s paper, one highlighting the Southern Ute Bear Dance and another focusing on the Veterans ceremonies, also known as the Day of Remembrance.


The articles are well written and respectful. Please take a moment to view these links and read them for yourself.

As the bear does and Utes to hold event honoring all vets
both by Herald Staff Writer Heather Scofield.


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A Night on the Town…







Photographs © Jeremy Wade Shockley 2011.

Durango Lies Ahead of Me, Cuba to my Left.

Vivid imagery stands off the red brick walls of the open shutter like a visual beacon.

It is as if I am seeing these very images I know so well…for the very first time. David himself is highly impressed with the prints. Amsterdam. Toronto behind him, family time lies ahead. We are standing in the ambiance of Durango’s very own Open Shutter gallery in the midst of Divided Soul. David’s 91-year-old mother shoots me a quick, warm smile…a certain sharp, friendly twinkle in her eye.

The night has passed, and another. The work has been introduced, digested…the stories have been told, new projects unveiled. Tequila sits before me. David leans in close…your gonna write about this right? Coronas. Fresh lime splatters the lens on my Nikon; pump up the iso…no need for flash. Not tonight. I am all about the moment – it feels good. We have collected a large ensemble of friends, family, curators and photographers…the best kind of company. Tawny in the background, drowning out so many wonderful conversations is the sound of Dylan.

We, like Kerouac and Cassidy before us amble across the broad Colorado thoroughfare…common to each and every mountain town. The moon is full. We have lost a few friends, gained others. New seats, round table, we are at the Strater Hotel, and another round is poured. Historical reference. The show was a success. A Divided Soul has brought us together.

The Back Space theater- that was the venue. Small, comfortable…not withstanding the rough unfinished areas that such a stage requires. The marking of a classic loft, gallery, or otherwise artistic setting. David is nervous. Diligent sound check aside. High energy.

David smiles, the buzz is on. Burn.

David’s mother is front and center, sister at left, extended family either side, friends of family file in. Dean Conger takes an authoritive chair, and with him comes a certain presence. David is nervous. Did I mention his mother is in the front row. Energy rolls out like seawater, photographic escapism.

Rio.Scicily.Off For A Drive.Cuba.Nirobi.Women.Tell It Like It Is.

Back to Rio.

I am lost in the imagery, the narrative carries me on. Alert. Thought provoking, high octane, visuals storytelling. This is a one of a kind showing, a hometown repeat from Amsterdam…the Director’s cut in Widescreen. Lights on. A Magnum performance. Burn gets the spotlight. Conger applauds.

Back to the tequila, fast forward, the night rolls on. Headlights on the blacktop, a sleepy neighborhood greets David. Home.

Burnians Burn On….

Photograph © Amalia Dobbins 2011.

David Alan Harvey Presents…Divided Soul!

Photograph © David Alan Harvey. All Rights Reserved.

I am pleased to say that my long time friend and mentor, David Alan Harvey, will be showing his work at the prestigious Open Shutter gallery right here in my home town, Durango, Colorado.

The show opens this Friday, May 13, followed by a formal lecture on Saturday. David is traveling to Durango to present Divided Soul as an accompaniment to the photographic exhibition of the same name.

Visit the Open Shutters site to see a preview of Mr. Harvey’s work spanning decades of assignments working across Spain and Latin America.

David is a Magnum photographer, long time contributor to National Geographic Magazine, and the editor of Burn Magazine.

If your in the neighborhood, certainly don’t miss this opportunity to meet David in person…Cheers, Jeremy

Gathering of Nations: Stage 49

Photograph Jeremy Wade Shockley/The Southern Ute Drum
Please visit The Southern Ute Drum to view powwwow coverage…
I had the opportunity to cover the Gathering of Nations this year, along with the music venues held each year at stage “49”…
– Awesome experience!
One of my favorite performances came from Levi Platero, a Navajo guitarist of acclaimed talent. The show was impressive, and the stage lighting provided all that was necessary to capture this artistic moment…Enjoy the image!
Cheers, Jeremy

Snowdown: Voyeurism vs Interaction…




Photograph © Jeremy Wade Shockley 2011.

There are post that are timely and those that are not. Simple fact of life. Photography. I want to open a discussion that is valuable to everyone. The idea of a moment; moments witness and those we create. No matter the venue, no matter the culture, we perceive, create and effect.
As photographers, photojournalist; we will ultimately represent the scene. No matter how much we choose to involve ourselves-we play witness.


A shutter captures the moment, our presence interprets history.
Period.
I chose these images because they reflect both sides of an intricate and interesting small town tradition.
Snowdown.
Durango is filled with characters of all background, but perhaps their is no match to that which the residents exude every winter in during the annual Snowdown celebrations in the heart of this historic mountain town…

Photograph © Jeremy Wade Shockley 2011.