Shooting the El Chapultepec: Five Years Strong.

Five years ago I was lured into the El Chapultepec by the sound of raucous blues music pouring from a side door, which had been propped open to cool the tightly packed jazz club down in the middle of particularly cold winter night.

I returned a few days later to document the scene as part of my ongoing work on Denver’s hip, revitalized downtown districts, sweeping west from Colfax and into lower downtown.

Returning last week with only my 85mm prime lens, ideal for the intimate low light photography I wish to create, Denver’s historic jazz club welcomed me in as it always had!

Juggling the Nikon, iPhone camera and a number of cold Modelos, sweating off their labels, I immersed myself into the night….as is my nature.

All Photographs © Jeremy Wade Shockley 2013. All Rights Reserved.

 

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Postcards in RAW…

Photograph © Jeremy Wade Shockley 2011.

Arriving in Denver today I promptly checked into my room and slept through the afternoon, tired from travel. The cold bitter wind was sharp and unforgiving as I ventured out before sunset, settling into a book store for coffee, in an effort to warm myself.

Travel for me is about exploration, it’s about seeing my surroundings with fresh eyes, and occasionally, indulging in solitude. Voyeurism and self reflection…street photography at its best.
The cold afternoon, was quickly giving way to an even colder night and the last of the storm clouds settled on the horizon. I turned my lens to the architecture of my urban surroundings in the last moments of the day.

Here’s my postcard to you… Best, Jeremy

Knight Moves.

Photograph © Jeremy Wade Shockley 2010.

The 16Th Street Mall in Denver Colorado has come along way from the downtown Denver I grew up knowing. Public transit, pedestrian mall, classy restaurants, taverns and yes…..Chess sets- all have replaced the gritty downtown of old! There is a public space dedicated to playing chess, stone tables with built in timers, surprisingly almost always in use. Here you will find a mix office workers, drifters and foreigners watching, waiting and playing each other in chess.

This is a unique success story for urban design, especially of public spaces…when drawn plans are laid in stone a community is set in motion, if all goes well…unfortunately some perfectly implemented public spaces remain unused throughout our American cities and towns.

As a photographer do you gravitate towards public spaces to meet strangers– to build short but instant relationships, ultimately coming away with intimate photographs you may not have anticipated?

Your thoughts, comments? – Jeremy

Nightscape.



Photographs © Jeremy Wade Shockley 2010.

Spending a few nights in Denver afforded me the opportunity for some street photography along the 16Th Street Mall and Lodo District.

Living in rural Colorado, I find myself immediately attracted to the cityscape and all the elements that visually define an urban area: rich colors, neon lights, elegant buildings, and yes even the emptiness of great paved spaces and dark alleys. The bars and restaurants draw me in and eventually my senses calm down and as I return to the street, my lens comes back around to focus on the people of this urban landscape and the lives that they live…so different from my own.

I shot these images on my first night out, somewhere between a warm craft of Saki and the comfort of my room at the Brown Palace- using only a 20mm prime lens-ideal for street photography.

Do you find it easiest to shoot images when you first set eyes on a place, while the surrounding environment is still visually arousing all of your senses? A frame by frame visual exploration-documenting with every click of the shutter, unsure whether any of it will ever appear quite the same again.