Finishing the Season.










Photographs © Jeremy Wade Shockley 2011.
In a long standing family tradition I harvested a wild elk from the foothills of the Rocky Mountains near my home in Colorado.
Accompanied by my family and friends, we each set out to experience the land under our feet, drawing on tracking skills learned long ago and physical stamina just beyond our grasp. The terrain unforgiving and more so each year as the burnt stags fall to the earth feeding the saplings that now choke our way.
The photographs have represented my experience each year, recorded what my overloaded sensory perception could only interpret as a now distant idea. A burnt landscape in its natural flux. The images here are representative of each of us. The season ends, as surly as another will begin.
The Fourth Season essay is now in its 7th consecutive year as a photographic project, a personal essay of sorts. I have been following elk at the heels of my grandfather for many more years then I have been a photographer.
David Alan Harvey once put forth the question, when is an essay truly finished? I ask myself this as I head into the woods each year, inevitably seeking that which is new, that which is unique.
That said, perhaps nothing close to the heart is ever finished!
Enjoy the images, Jeremy

Photograph © Jeremy Wade Shockley 2011.
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2 thoughts on “Finishing the Season.

  1. Thanks Mike, I too enjoy that one. It was photographed in a section of the forest which stands almost intact. The spacing of the ponderosa trees is nice on the eyes. This years essay was shot entirely with a 35mm F2 lens, equivalent of course to a 50mm on FX. In part for the challenge, but largely in an effort to minimize the wight of my camera equipment in this demanding terrain!

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