Friends and Art…

Photograph © Jeremy Wade Shockley 2013. 

I recently pulled a number of images for the Open Shutter Gallery’s themed exhibition, Shadow. Ultimately using a set of images taken with high contrast Black & white film during my years in Africa. Never-the-less this image was set aside for its complexity, strong shadows, and the intimacy that I personally fell this photograph evokes.

The picture was taken a few days prior to my wedding in Guatemala, while traveling with close friends in the colonial tourist town of Antigua. We ordered cafes at a new “western” style bistro off the main plaza, just to escape the heat more than anything I suppose. Looking back at the La Ruta Maya essay, I feel this picture is representative of another culture, the culture of tourism which is alive and well throughout Central America and Guatemala.

To me this is very personal image of close friends, a memory of a moment that was, ultimately a frame from many frames – bringing me back to one of the best trips of my younger life.

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Celebrating 2010.

Photograph © Patrick Dobbins 2011.

Rachel and I travelled to Central America this past summer to share in our wedding vows and travel together under the Guatemalan sun. This image was taken on the morning of the ceremony by my good friend Patrick Dobbins sharing in coffee and conversation.

Photograph © Patrick Dobbins 2011.

Travel in Central America is often most beautiful during the rainy season, with storm clouds approaching each afternoon, we read our vows shortly after sunrise, fresh flowers and champagne compliments of the house!

Photograph © Jeremy Wade Shockley 2011.

Rachel and I navigate the beautiful gardens and terraced landscape of our posada on the edge of Lake Atitlan.

Photograph © Amalia Dobbins 2011.

One for the Books. A moment captured on film as Rachel and I toast to our friendship, marriage and all the adventures ahead!

July 17th 2010.

Spotlight on Gallereies: La Ruta Maya – Part 2

Two young boys, near the village of El Remate, swim at dusk in Lake Petén Itzá, located in the Petén.


The rainy season at Lake Atitlan had dampened most of my clothes, but not my spirits. I shoved all my belongings back in my bag and was soon headed northeast toward Flores, Tikal, and the remainder of my time in Guatemala.

Photographs from the Tikal National Park in the Peten region of Guatemala, showcasing the massive archeological remains of the Maya, are intermingled with more human moments at El Remate on Lake Petén Itzá, and La Fiesta Nacional Indigena de Guatemala ( Festival Folklorico ) held in Coban.


Explore the experiences and imagery at my Photoshelter Gallery: La Ruta Maya II.


Photograph © Jeremy Wade Shockley 2011.

Spotlight on Galleries: La Ruta Maya

Photographs © Jeremy Wade Shockley 2011.

Images from my third and most recent trip to Guatemala are available in a recently published Gallery: La Ruta Maya I

These images span travels throughout the Lake Atitlan region and the colonial city of Antigua.

Click HERE to enter the photo gallery! …keep checking back! Adventures in Coban and Tikal are soon to be posted.

Regards, Jeremy

Making Friends.


Travel photography is about relationships. Much of photography is. This of course is my opinon-others will certainly differ. The cliche travel photograph seems to be fraught with motion blur, as figures weave in and out of picturesque landscapes and popular restaurants. While the timeless images of our century are intimate portraits of people, their culture. The landscape is merely an environment, and the emotion of your subject will go well beyond the exotic nature of place.


I only say this in an effort to open conversation. Conversation perhaps being the most important tool you can equip yourself with as you travel foreign lands, and distant places with camera in hand. If you are open to the people and accepting of the culture, all doors will open eventually. This sort of intimacy is what separates the true traveller, and the most experienced photojournalist from the rest of the camera wilding tourist who most likely pack the very same guidebooks as you. Take your time, open yourself up, and explore. Making friends is the key to great travel images, and certainly the thing that will bring you back to same community for years to come.

Enjoy your travels-both near and abroad! Cheers, Jeremy

Photographs © Jeremy Wade Shockley 2010.