|The open expanse of Colorado’s San Luis Valley stretches out before us, dusk moves in.|
|Our rooster – Slick – keeps an eye on his flock, another on me.|
|The season’s first snow clings to a burnt snag in a wilderness that has been twice burned by wildfires within a decade.|
|Excited for the season, our Rhodesian takes to the snow with playful ferocity.|
|Free range cattle are rounded up at summer’s end, crossing the Vallecito before the first snow blankets the high country.|
|Fresh apples are picked throughout the community, washed and pulped during the autumn ritual of cider pressing.|
|Drought leaves stumps exposed on a dry lakebed as summer nears it’s end, the full moon casting a glow over the arid landscape.
All Photographs © Jeremy Wade Shockley 2013. All Rights Reserved.
In my line of work, I come full circle more often then one would think. I picked up a camera ten years ago to document my immediate surroundings, from there I honed my craft.
Working full time as a professional photojournalist, I have had to “train” myself at times to put the camera away, enjoy the moment.
Then comes the rationalization that these are the moments that I most desperately want to record, these are my immediate surroundings, though I am no longer living or working abroad the need for a visual record has never been stronger.
Each day is my own. No impending travels, adventures or assignments lie on the horizon before me. Life lies before me with each sunrise, and each sunset.
While I often lie my Nikon aside, with it’s assortment of prime lenses, and even heavier flash units, and all the batteries & memory cards that keep the system viable, I pick up the iPhone.
I am once again free to chronicle my comings and goings as simply and with the same straight forward intentions as I once set out to create with a fistful of film and the world ahead of me.