Shooting the El Chapultepec: Five Years Strong.

Five years ago I was lured into the El Chapultepec by the sound of raucous blues music pouring from a side door, which had been propped open to cool the tightly packed jazz club down in the middle of particularly cold winter night.

I returned a few days later to document the scene as part of my ongoing work on Denver’s hip, revitalized downtown districts, sweeping west from Colfax and into lower downtown.

Returning last week with only my 85mm prime lens, ideal for the intimate low light photography I wish to create, Denver’s historic jazz club welcomed me in as it always had!

Juggling the Nikon, iPhone camera and a number of cold Modelos, sweating off their labels, I immersed myself into the night….as is my nature.

All Photographs © Jeremy Wade Shockley 2013. All Rights Reserved.

 

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Back to the Basics: Chronicling my life by way of iPhone photography.

The open expanse of Colorado’s San Luis Valley stretches out before us, dusk moves in.   
Our rooster – Slick – keeps an eye on his flock, another on me. 
The season’s first snow clings to a burnt snag in a wilderness that has been twice burned by wildfires within a decade.  
Excited for the season, our Rhodesian takes to the snow with playful ferocity.

Free range cattle are rounded up at summer’s end, crossing the Vallecito before the first snow blankets the high country.  

Fresh apples are picked throughout the community, washed and pulped during the autumn ritual of cider pressing. 

Drought leaves  stumps exposed on a dry lakebed as summer nears it’s end, the full moon casting a glow over the arid landscape.

All Photographs © Jeremy Wade Shockley 2013. All Rights Reserved. 

In my line of work, I come full circle more often then one would think. I picked up a camera ten years ago to document my immediate surroundings, from there I honed my craft.

Working full time as a professional photojournalist, I have had to “train” myself at times to put the camera away, enjoy the moment.

Be present.

Then comes the rationalization that these are the moments that I most desperately want to record, these are my immediate surroundings, though I am no longer living or working abroad the need for a visual record has never been stronger.

Each day is my own. No impending travels, adventures or assignments lie on the horizon before me. Life lies before me with each sunrise, and each sunset.

While I often lie my Nikon aside, with it’s assortment of prime lenses, and even heavier flash units, and all the batteries & memory cards that keep the system viable, I pick up the iPhone.

Full circle.

I am once again free to chronicle my comings and goings as simply and with the same straight forward intentions as I once set out to create with a fistful of film and the world ahead of me.

Adventures in Photojournalism: Part I

David Alan Harvey capturing the heart & soul of Durango, Colorado
David, Brandon, Candy, Lauren, and Panos stand for a portrait in late afternoon light at the Lost Dog Tavern. Durango, Colorado.

Lauren & Candy. Lost Dog Tavern.

Lauren and Brandon Filming the action at the Durango train depot. 
Lauren and Brandon cut loose at Durango’s infamous Transvestite Ball during Halloween. 

David, Lauren & Brandon take a pause in the rail yard – Durango Train Depot.

Tech time at No Way Jose’s Cantina. Durango, Colorado.

The infamous Panos Skoulidas. Pre-gaming at the Lost Dog Tavern.

All Photographs © Jeremy Wade Shockley 2012. All Rights Reserved.  

David Alan Harvey’s latest project: Off For A Family Drive made it’s way to Durango, Colorado right smack dab in the middle of Halloween weekend, a holiday that this small Colorado town take’s very seriously!

Traveling accross the American West with David was Panos Skoulidas, Candy Pilar Godoy,  Lauren Martinez, and Brandon Li. While David was inherently compelled towards Durango to Celebrate his Mother’s 93rd Birthday…adventures on the town ensued. Unavoidable I would say, given the company at hand…myself included!

Enjoy the images…

Jeremy

David Alan Harvey on the streets of Durango.

Photograph © Jeremy Wade Shockley 2012.  All Rights Reserved.

David Alan Harvey photographing some of the local personalities outside of the Diamond Belle Saloon. An iconic cowboy bar attached to the historic Strater Hotel on Main Street, downtown Durango, Colorado.

A place I would normally be photographing the local culture, or ordering a stiff cocktail, but on this occasion I was photographing my long time mentor woking on his current project: Off for a Family Drive.

This moment stood out to me, as I witnessed David, in the zone, carefree and altogether enjoying himself!

USA Pro Cycle Challenge. Durango, Colorado.

Photographs Jeremy Wade Shockley/The Southern Ute Drum

Durango hosted the first stage of the 2012 USA Pro Challenge, hailed as one of the largest cycling events in North America, on Monday, Aug. 20. The race will take riders through the Rockies and into the state capital. 

Visit The Southern Ute Drum online for full photo coverage of the race start including vibrant images of the Southern Ute heritage dancers giving a cultural performance before race spectators in the heart of Durango.