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

Rodeo.

Photograph © Jeremy Wade Shockley 2012.

A subject that has intrigued me from an early age. My western roots, combined with the dust and leather of these particularly nostalgic events…cowboy culture to the core.
I have seen many and even photographed a few western rodeos in my day. Bulls, broncs, and even mutton bustin‘ make for action packed images..literally packed into a few seconds once they open the gates.
Like any event that I cover, the bulk of my attention is focused on the lifestyle surrounding that event, the fringes if you like. A few years back, I used my press pass at the Gallup Inter-Tribal Ceremonial to spend a few hours covering the Dine ‘Navajo’ Rodeo. Shooting the fringes here was no exception. Using a short lens and plenty of personal interaction, I was able to shoot the bull riders as they prepared for their eight second ride, both mentally and physically.
More rodeos are in my future as I continue to document the American West…camera in hand.
Keep checkin‘ in. Best, Jeremy

Route 66: Longing for the Open Road.

Photograph © Jeremy Wade Shockley 2011.

Simi trailers line the horizon on Interstate 40, crisscrossing the desert in each direction, hauling their wares around the clock. An icon of days gone by sits to the north, memorializing the historic road bed of a once parallel thoroughfare: Historic Route 66.

Speeding away from the setting sun, at a comfortable forty-five miles an hour, I took a moment to embrace the aging highway through the painted desert, wondering if America can ever return to its former pace, and the glory of its open roads, a country that perhaps better understood the freedom, that we fight for today.

Do you ever find yourself seeking the identity of lost landscapes, byproducts of iconic generations and way of life now forgotten?

Photograph © Jeremy Wade Shockley 2011.