Burn Magazine: My American West

Very honored to be featured on the front page of Burn Magazine for My American West, an ongoing documentary project shot using the iPhone. 

Please take a moment to visit the full essay as it is published on BURN! Many thanks to the magazine’s curator David Alan Harvey, and his hardworking team…Eva, Candy and Diego! And lastly the BURN photography community as a whole. Enjoy!


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Lumix GX1: A night at the movies


Sharing some new work here, documenting the Drive-In movie theater and it’s role in the American landscape. Small town nostalgia, Americana at heart. 

The Comanche Drive-In Theater is one of seven vintage theaters in the state of Colorado. Owned and operated by the Groy family in Buena Vista, Colorado, The Comanche has been in operation off and on for the past 47 years. The Groys still project their films on traditional 35mm Simplex Projectors using a carbon arc lamphouse. The family purchased the 1950’s equipment from a theater in Montrose, Colorado and opened for business in 1966. 

Four generations of the Groy family have helped to shape this nostalgic experience, operating the drive-in cinema in the small Colorado mountain town through the years.

View a slide show of selected images by clicking HERE

Enjoy! Jeremy

Photographs © Jeremy Wade Shockley 2013. All Rights Reserved.

Chronicling the American West: The iPhone Image

Photograph © Jeremy Wade Shockley 2013. All Rights Reserved.

I recently packed the truck for a full week of adventure…right at home in the American Southwest. The plan was to cover some familiar ground, some unfamiliar sites and see a few friends along the way.

Packed in the truck’s cab was an assortment of Osprey, Timbuktu, and Lowepro camera bags, setting my self up for any photographic possibility that might arise.

I pride myself in packing light, but a truck full of gear has it’s appeal too!

I always set out on each trip, adventure with a few goals in mind, one of which was to create something  photographically unique in the days ahead, whilst not working too hard on my long awaited vacation. Riding single track was another goal for the trip, and a very close second!

The balance is almost always in the approach itself, but in many ways my choice of camera played the biggest part of being able to pull off relevant work, and still enjoy myself each and every day!

Late into our last night at home, I found myself loading fresh music and audio books onto the new iPhone, carefully leaving ample room on the device for photographs. Grabbing the phone charger and a good felt hat as I descended the stairs…soon we were heading west, our sights fixed on Moab, Ut.

The iPhone 5 was my workhorse, a photographic steed which enabled me to produce & publish work in a manner that was both casual & efficient, reserving the Nikon kit, with all it’s bells & whistles, for specific points of interest as we wound our way down into the heart of Arizona.

The iPhone embodies spontaneity, and brings out so much of the joy that is photography!

To se the full adventure visit the instagram site @ jeremywadeshockley

Adventures in Photojournalism: Part I

David Alan Harvey capturing the heart & soul of Durango, Colorado
David, Brandon, Candy, Lauren, and Panos stand for a portrait in late afternoon light at the Lost Dog Tavern. Durango, Colorado.

Lauren & Candy. Lost Dog Tavern.

Lauren and Brandon Filming the action at the Durango train depot. 
Lauren and Brandon cut loose at Durango’s infamous Transvestite Ball during Halloween. 

David, Lauren & Brandon take a pause in the rail yard – Durango Train Depot.

Tech time at No Way Jose’s Cantina. Durango, Colorado.

The infamous Panos Skoulidas. Pre-gaming at the Lost Dog Tavern.

All Photographs © Jeremy Wade Shockley 2012. All Rights Reserved.  

David Alan Harvey’s latest project: Off For A Family Drive made it’s way to Durango, Colorado right smack dab in the middle of Halloween weekend, a holiday that this small Colorado town take’s very seriously!

Traveling accross the American West with David was Panos Skoulidas, Candy Pilar Godoy,  Lauren Martinez, and Brandon Li. While David was inherently compelled towards Durango to Celebrate his Mother’s 93rd Birthday…adventures on the town ensued. Unavoidable I would say, given the company at hand…myself included!

Enjoy the images…

Jeremy

David Alan Harvey on the streets of Durango.

Photograph © Jeremy Wade Shockley 2012.  All Rights Reserved.

David Alan Harvey photographing some of the local personalities outside of the Diamond Belle Saloon. An iconic cowboy bar attached to the historic Strater Hotel on Main Street, downtown Durango, Colorado.

A place I would normally be photographing the local culture, or ordering a stiff cocktail, but on this occasion I was photographing my long time mentor woking on his current project: Off for a Family Drive.

This moment stood out to me, as I witnessed David, in the zone, carefree and altogether enjoying himself!

Biker Bull Riding on the Southern Ute Indian Reservation.

Photograph Jeremy Wade Shockley/The Southern Ute Drum


Ignacio, Colorado. 
In the annual festivities that surround Ignacio’s Bike Week motorcycle rally, those with the courage join the bull in the pin for eight seconds of glory. Biker Bull riding as it is dubbed, takes non professional bull riders and gives them a taste of pain, or victory depending on the temperament of the animal, and the skill of the rider. 

In a few hours time I will be once again photographing the action…Nikon in hand!