Photograph © Jeremy Wade Shockley 2010.

Isis – loving and equally rambunctious. A gift to Rachel when this pint sized kitten was just a handful of wildcat. A New Mexico stray with a deep thread of loyalty. Named after a song on Bob Dylan’s Desire – Isis has quadrupled in size some where between the weeks of stacking firewood and shoveling snow here in the mountains of Colorado.

I now sit comfortably in my home office, a full day ahead of me. Snow falling heavily. Opportunity to rest, opportunity to achieve. Some tasks cannot wait. The professional life of a photographer has layers of responsibility. While some projects have deadlines, others are never finished.

Cheers, Jeremy


Subtle Elements.

Photo Jeremy Wade Shockley/SU DRUM

I posted two very similar images which I shot a few days ago. In this I thought it would be a great time to open up the conversation on editing. Most often we take a series of images where each photograph tells its own story, especially early on. I think that as one develops their own style, they become aware of elements and composition on a level that goes beyond the average photograph. As a photographer, I find myself lining up the elements, and often the layers, shooting similar pictures in an effort to bring the concert together, or simply all the elements. They must work together visually, while also adding interest to the situation, and if done right the photograph will also capture the moment as the artist/photographer intended it to be.

This is certainly not the most complex photo, but simple and beautiful for its own reasons. Each of the two images speaks differently against an almost unchanging background- which is the point of this post. While I love the lighting and emotion of the painters profile, there is also some attraction to the brush working canvas in the second shot-no personification needed.

Photo Jeremy Wade Shockley/SU DRUM

As photographers and journalist, we will always be editing our own work, even before we click the shutter. Most often we will be editing a number of similar images post capture, making decisions that will be final. It is in my opinion the pictures that are closest to each other, that will present the hardest edit. Photographs that are arguably beautiful, and even timeless, but subtly different. You of course must make the decision. One will be published, while the others fade into the archive, perhaps resurfacing in years to come.

Please lend your opinion here, is one of these two images clearly more meaningful, or attractive than the other? If so why?

Best, Jeremy