One From The Archive…

Photograph © Jeremy Wade Shockley 2011.

School children share a playful moment on the plaza during recess in the historic settlement of Stonetown. The port city is known for its role as a slave trading center on the island of Zanzibar- a short distance from the African coast.

Today the island communities are alive with cultural and ethnic diversity, Stonetown being the only developed city center on an otherwise quiet, rural island country.

I have always enjoyed this image for its playful spontaneity, the cultural differentiation, and the photographic tension created the the subjects themselves, and deep shadows.


207th Post…

Photograph © Jeremy Wade Shockley 2011. All Rights Reserved.

I have been directing so much energy in to my new PhotoShelter Photography archive and posting about it, that I simply overlooked the fact that we had passed the 200th post. A milestone that I am excited to share…over two hundred posts on photography, travel, and the ongoing projects surrounding my own photojournalism career.

So…with that said I present the 207th post!

I give a warm welcome to those who are recently stumbling on to the site, and many thanks to those who have continued to support this photography forum over the years! Stay tuned as we roll into 2011 and all that lies ahead…

Many Thanks go out to my readership, Jeremy

The Maze.

Photographs © Jeremy Wade Shockley 2010.

Some images from the Maze, with a focus on portraiture.

Rachel- Exceptional cook and host rode alongside us each day as we mountain biked into the heart of Canyonlands and Max, who navigated the difficult and often treacherous four wheel drive track to get our gear to site each day. And last but not least Gene our stalwart pilot in the desert!

Exposure: An Online Perspective.

Photograph © Jeremy Wade Shockley 2010. All Rights Reserved.

The Open Shutter Gallery has a live link to the upcoming photography exhibit EXPOSURE. If Durango is not in your neck of the woods then perhaps you will enjoy this preview of Friday nights opening show.

This image of a worker trimming his beard on a construction project in the Namibian desert was selected by exhibition juror Phil Borges for an Award of Excellence. Seven Awards of Excellence were presented along with Best of Show, Best of Color and Best of Black & White.

Enjoy the images!

Cheers, Jeremy

IMPACT | An Online Exhibition

Welcome to the inaugural IMPACT online exhibition, a project exploring the internet as a venue for insightful photographic work.

In an effort to remind viewers of the important role photographers play around the world, we invited an array of photographers to share galleries on their blogs that comprise 12 images representing an experience when they had an impact on or were impacted.

By clicking on the links below the IMPACT logo, you can move through the exhibition, viewing other galleries by different photographers. You can also click the IMPACT logo to be taken to a post on the liveBooks RESOLVE Blog where you can see an index of all participating photographers.

We hope that by linking different photographic visions of our first topic, “Outside Looking In,” we can provide a multifaceted view of the topic as well as the IMPACT individuals can have on the world around us.

-The IMPACT Team

The Mountain Kingdom

Text and Photographs by Jeremy Wade Shockley

I felt pride working alongside the Basotho, sharing in their labor. Their amusement was matched by my efforts. I watched these students accomplish and create. In contrast, many Basotho sat idle, unable to better their situation in a country where not everyone is afforded the same opportunities.

In Lesotho, working in economic development, I witnessed first hand how this developing country created jobs despite their limits in education and infrastructure. I helped train those seeking a trade, those who sought to embrace the economy that will eventually determine the fate of this small country.

I set foot on African soil for the first time knowing that Lesotho would be my home for the next two years. What I would gain was a deep understanding of culture, unparalleled in a short lifetime of travels.

My service as a Peace Corps volunteer not only afforded me the opportunity to explore the Mountain Kingdom of Lesotho, its culture and landscapes, but to ply my craft as a photographer, unaware of the impact that it would have on the course of my life.

Lesotho, one of the poorest countries in the world has its share of hardships: unemployment, loss of life through HIV/AIDS, new strains of drug resistant tuberculosis, and a critical lack of education needed to combat these problems.

Through my images I hope to convey that despite hardships and struggles facing the Basotho people the strength and fortitude of their culture enables them to embrace each day with optimism. Their faces carry the burdens of a hard life and are often stern, yet a smile is almost always inevitable.

Inspiration to photograph Basotho at work and collect these images into an essay came from what I saw as strong parallels to America in the 1930’s. A country hard at work, determined to survive, and able to produce against all odds.

To learn more about how you can help visit FRIENDS OF LESOTHO.

Gallup Inter-Tribal Indian Ceremonial. Part I

Photographs © Jeremy Wade Shockley 2008. All Rights Reserved.

In the words of Micheal Parfit….

“Powwows today are far more than a salute to the past. They’re not shows. They’re not entertainment. Most Indians call them celebrations. Nurtured during the past century by Plains Indians, today’s powwow is part family reunion, part cultural revival, part dance contest – and all shimmering spectacle.”

NGM- June, 1994.

Click HERE to visit the newly added galleries at Fedora Photo showcasing the events at the Gallup Inter-Tribal Ceremonial!

I sincerely hope you enjoy the images! Regards, Jeremy

Lesotho: Black and White Film Images.

Photographic Essay on The Mountain Kingdom of Lesotho. Photographs © Jeremy Wade Shockley 2005.

With the loss of color, light and composition take on an even greater importance in my mind. I can distinctly remember my first black and white photo projects, searching the composition for a complete graduation of light, the “pure” black somewhere deep in the shadows, the “highlights” on a blade of grass or the chrome of a fender and everything else falls in between. I was asked recently if i still shot in black and white, and why? Different medium, different message. I often look forward to washing away the colors in my mind and searching the lines and shades of a subject, in order to try and bring them together to produce a striking image; given the right subject the black and white medium becomes powerful.