Often the most difficult images to capture are the ones we see everyday…

Photographs Jeremy Wade Shockley/The Southern Ute Drum

I pulled off of the winding county road that leads north as the last rays of light seemed to be holding on to the color of the thin ice sheathing the surface of Vallecito reservoir.

Every spring the ice breaks up, melts away, and disappears without much resistance. Every year looks and feels different, separate in its own way. This year I was perhaps more attuned to the change, in a record setting spring where warmer temperatures have prematurely melted the winter away.

The quality of the blue cast that indicates the ice sheet is on the brink of disappearance…that is what caught my eye. The light, and the breeze all added to the sensory experience. An iPhone shot and a couple of frames on the Nikon yielded some nice results. For me, they are moments that I might not have otherwise experienced on my daily commute.

These are the frames we have to make for ourselves, perhaps even stepping back a little in order to document our immediate surroundings…

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Spring Celebration – 48th Annual Hozhoni Days Powwow returns to Durango, Colorado.

Photographs Jeremy Wade Shockley/The Southern Ute Drum

I shot my first powwow at Fort Lewis College over five years ago, immediately gaining an invitation to make pictures later that year in the picturesque Red Rocks Park during the Gallup Inter-tribal Ceremonial. My goal was to document cultures in the region where I grew up having returned to the area as a working professional, seeking out long term projects, assignments.

It was the portfolio from that summer that opened the door to my current position as staff photographer for the Southern Ute Drum newspaper.

We just published a double powwow section last week that included recent images from Hozhoni Days, as I have been back to cover this small, social powwow every year since that first. Striving each time to come away with something that will set my work apart from previous years…

Enjoy the Images! Best, Jeremy

Photographs Jeremy Wade Shockley/The Southern Ute Drum