Photograph © Jeremy Wade Shockley 2012.

A subject that has intrigued me from an early age. My western roots, combined with the dust and leather of these particularly nostalgic events…cowboy culture to the core.
I have seen many and even photographed a few western rodeos in my day. Bulls, broncs, and even mutton bustin‘ make for action packed images..literally packed into a few seconds once they open the gates.
Like any event that I cover, the bulk of my attention is focused on the lifestyle surrounding that event, the fringes if you like. A few years back, I used my press pass at the Gallup Inter-Tribal Ceremonial to spend a few hours covering the Dine ‘Navajo’ Rodeo. Shooting the fringes here was no exception. Using a short lens and plenty of personal interaction, I was able to shoot the bull riders as they prepared for their eight second ride, both mentally and physically.
More rodeos are in my future as I continue to document the American West…camera in hand.
Keep checkin‘ in. Best, Jeremy

Spotlight on Galleries: Ranch Life

Photograph © Jeremy Wade Shockley 2011.

This is the first post from an ongoing sereis that will highlight various galleries within my personal stock photography archive. The archive serves to provide searchable, client friendly access to editors and art directors worldwide, while also serving as a robust website, with easy to use image download and print purchase features. Not a bad website platform either- mouse over features and a built in slideshow make it an enjoyable photography site!

The first of the galleries to be finalized are Ranch Life and Ranch Life II.

Ranch Life began as an assignment while attending the Photography at the Summit workshop in 2006 held in Jackson, Wyoming. The program is hailed as one of the most valuable and productive workshops in North America, drawing top level instruction from photographers and editors of National Geographic, Time, and American Photo.

My personal focus was an ongoing essay on cowboy culture and the life of modern ranchers in Teton County. I quickly made connections with a third generation ranching family as I developed the photographic essay. The Mead family has since welcomed me back on numerous occasions to continue my work in the valley.

Please follow the live links above to see the full photographic essay and license images from Fedora Photo.

Any feedback will be greatly appreciated as I continue to improve the design and content of this site.

Best, Jeremy

Photograph © Jeremy Wade Shockley 2011.

Spirit of the West.

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The Spirit of the West will open on Friday, October 2nd as part of the annual Durango Cowboy Poetry Gathering.

This western themed photography exhibit will be featured at the Open Shutter Gallery showcasing the works of Adrian Davis, Jay Dusard, Robb Kendrick, Adam Jahiel, Tony Stromberg, Lenny Foster, Thomas Carr, and Jeremy Wade Shockley.

The Open Shutter Gallery is located at 735 Main Avenue, in historic downtown Durango, Colorado.

Click HERE to see a preview of the show & read artist’s bios.

The artists reception will be held Friday, October 2nd, 5-7pm. I look forward to seeing you there!

Cheers, Jeremy

Portfolio Review with Bill Allen of National Geographic Magazine.

Photography at the Summit Workshop. Photo Credit: Phil Bell

Photographs © Jeremy Wade Shockley 2010.

These photographs were taken on a working ranch in Jackson, Wyoming as part of a week long assignment to document aspects of local culture. As a participant in the Summit Workshop I worked closely with world renowned photojournalist and magazine editors to edit, explore and further expand on my own skills as a photographer and journalist.