The Classic.

Photographs © Jeremy Wade Shockley 2010.

In juxtaposition to the previous post, I went back and pulled some of the classic images from Tikal, the shots we have all seen, the ones that gives us a sense of familiarity. Every famous site in the world has a number of these angles, the all in compassing view of the Tetons. From the Taj Majal to that one spot overlooking Mesa Verde’s Cliff Palace, photographers will follow each others very steps for years to come- and in the footsteps of those before us.

Equipment changes, so do styles and mediums. Occasionally the site itself is altered over time. In my three visits to Tikal over a span of 25 years, access has become more restricted with each encounter, stairs I used to climb are sectioned off, viewpoints no longer exist, and new sites are excavated, restored and made public all at the same time.

I find that the first shots I take are the obvious ones, the ones tested by time, adding a touch of my own style and vision. Quickly moving on to seek the less seldom travelled road. It is on that road that I am able to create images such as those I posted previously. Images that I hope will give viewers a new perspective and create interest in an oft visited subject.

Easier said than done. Hard work will always lay ahead for those who seek to create anew!


Canyon of the Ancients.

Photographs © Jeremy Wade Shockley 2009. All Rights Reserved.

Accessible only by boat, Defiance House is located in the Canyon of the Ancients, one of the many fingers of Lake Powell. The controversial reservoir, flooded many of the canyons and archaeological sites in and around Glen Canyon, Utah.

I had an opportunity to return to this Native American Cultural Site on a recent trip to Lake Powell, where I went to celebrate a close friend’s birthday and breath in the desert air. While the cliche image of Lake Powell involves board shorts and spring breakers, I have always made exploring the surrounding desert and endless canyons a priority.

Although a cool swim and a cold beer never hurt, Thanks for all the trips Nathan!

Photo Credit: Rachel Beckelhymer

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