|Photograph © Jeremy Wade Shockley 2012.|
It was almost a year ago, last spring, that I asked Rachel to spend her life with me. The water at our toes, wind in our face, it was spring at last. We stood there on the edge of Lake Vallecito, free from the world, hearts and minds open to the future. It was a wonderful feeling that existed that day, it filled my mind, running through my soul- then and there I seemed to understand beauty and purpose in the same breath. It was contentment.
It was then that I asked Rachel to marry me, against the brisk breeze of early spring, to share in my adventures and I in hers…to not only see the world together, but to breathe in life and all that it is.
Eddy understood the moment, four legs and a pure soul, he stood below us and let the wind take his ears back. I too let the wind take me.
Let us celebrate in the very thing that binds us, and that is friendship, understanding, and above all- Respect!
In less than two weeks, we toast to our union amongst friends and family here in the valleys of Colorado, and from there travel south to Guatemala. Only then, beneath the shadow of volcanos and time itself that we will consummate our union.
We will speak our vows and set forth into our new lives with but a few witnesses and each other to remember the details. Remembering the moment will not outweigh our hopes for the future, and it is ahead that we will take our first steps together!
Peace be with you. Jeremy
Happy Holidays from the Fedora Photo Team, yours truly, and a Merry Christmas. I chose to post a shot that was taken in July-some years ago-when a snow storm swept over our camp while backpacking in the highlands of Lesotho . I love the visual contradiction of the traditional African thatched hut blanketed by fresh snowfall!
Enjoy the season and the very best for the year 2010-fast approaching!
As I revisit so many of the cultural sites that captivated me in my youth, I now seek a new connection. I explore these sites for the first time through the lens, through photojournalism, and certainly with a perspective I would not have had even a few years ago. On this recent trip through Southern New Mexico and Gila National Forest it was the volunteer rangers that left the strongest impression on me as Rachel and I explored the cliff dwellings. I chose to make this photo essay about them, using the site as an environment rather than the direct subject. The enthusiasm and knowledge of these two men was honest and sincere, as was their curiosity involving the subjects at hand. These gentlemen, these volunteers, are dedicated, passionate and obviously doing something they enjoy. I applaud that! That’s Jack with the cowboy hat. Enjoy the photos…Jeremy