Exchanging Vows…

Photograph © Patrick Dobbins 2010.

On Friday morning, the 15 of July, Rachel and I woke to clear skies, reflected in a body of water equally as blue…against natures finery we took each others hands, with Patrick’s words echoing in our hearts, we exchanged our own promises and hopes for the future, and entered into sacred matrimony on the edge of Lake Atitlan…

Please take a moment to view some more photos from our wedding ceremony on Lake Atitlan and some more adventurous moments from our travels together at Pat and Amalia’s site…..Pearls and Oysters.


Abrazos Jeremy

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

Gallup Inter-Tribal Indian Ceremonial. Part II

The day begins early in the Powwow arena, relatives honor each other with Gourd Dancing. Grand entry brings the ceremony to life with vibrant colors and movement, the sun sets and the sky darkens. The night air is cool from rain and full of sound; the drums can be heard from a long distance. I find myself slipping in and out of the darkness, waiting for the right moment; light and composition are factoring into my every thought. I am an outsider in this ceremony. I try to be unobtrusive, respectful, and trustworthy. I work a scene and then move on, searching the light for something that will tell this story and perhaps even evoke emotion. A single image becoming something of beauty and importance, that is what I am striving for as my mind races forward. I can feel the tiredness creeping into my body and mind, but the drums keep me going. I ask a man for his portrait, beautiful!…thank you I say and move on. The moon is still young, and the sky an inky black. Large stadium lights bath the edges of the arena, the Ceremony continues.

View the “night time” gallery at FedoraPhoto…click HERE to enter the main website.

Photographs © Jeremy Wade Shockley 2008. All Rights reserved.

Hozhoni Days

Photographs, rendered in black and white, attain a sense of timelessness illustrated in this collection of portraits taken during the 44th Annual Hozhoni Days Pow Wow at Fort Lewis College. The Ceremony Embraces Spirituality, Tradition, and Friendship through Song and Dance. Photographs © Jeremy Wade Shockley 2008.