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.

American Southwest.

Photograph © Jeremy Wade Shockley 2009.

As my own adventures continue to unfold in the neighboring regions of New Mexico, Arizona and Utah I find myself taking on heavily photographed subjects. The idea in my mind is to create my own experince and hope that the photographs will each reflect that personal moment between photographer & environment!

I posted a link of just such images on…Enjoy!

Photograph © Jeremy Wade Shockley 2009.

An Epic Adventure…

Photographs © Jeremy Wade Shockley 2009. All Rights Reserved.

After an epic adventure in the Grand Canyon- despite a sandstorm, followed by icy winds- we explored the Northern realm of Arizona, gracing some of the iconic sites associated with the Southwest. Antelope Canyon was a highlight! Located on Tribal Lands, this landmark is part of the Navajo Nation and can provide some awe inspiring views throughout the day, as light and shadow shift with the changing sun!