Bikers, Bulls & Brews…

Jeremy Wade Shockley/The Southern Ute Drum

Working at a local newspaper, once can easily become accustomed to the ebb and flow of a year from the coverage that revolves as faithfully as a pendulum. The spring is ushered in with cultural events, big powwows and the ending of each summer with bike rally and tribal fair before the autumn colors show themselves with the coming of winter.

This shot is one of my favorites, the product of diligent shooting along the sidelines of the annual “Biker Bull Rodeo,” an event that encourages non professionals to loosen up at the beer tent, sign a waiver and try their luck with the local livestock. Action packed to say the least!

This image is selected from coverage in The Southern Ute Drum in the fall of 2009. One from the archive! Next weekend I’ll be back at it, always seeking another way to visually tell the story. Action lends itself to the event, for no two frames will ever be the same. Get creative, be patient, and the good things will happen!

Best, Jeremy

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