Burn Magazine: My American West

Very honored to be featured on the front page of Burn Magazine for My American West, an ongoing documentary project shot using the iPhone. 

Please take a moment to visit the full essay as it is published on BURN! Many thanks to the magazine’s curator David Alan Harvey, and his hardworking team…Eva, Candy and Diego! And lastly the BURN photography community as a whole. Enjoy!


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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!

Hangin’ with the Maestro: David Alan Harvey

Spending some quality time with David and his family over the New Year’s weekend. Coffee and conversation, ideas and directions, Grist for the mill, as David himself would say!
Student and teacher, another coffee for the road.
David Alan Harvey is the Editor of Burn Magazine and a member of MAGNUM.

A Night on the Town…







Photographs © Jeremy Wade Shockley 2011.

Durango Lies Ahead of Me, Cuba to my Left.

Vivid imagery stands off the red brick walls of the open shutter like a visual beacon.

It is as if I am seeing these very images I know so well…for the very first time. David himself is highly impressed with the prints. Amsterdam. Toronto behind him, family time lies ahead. We are standing in the ambiance of Durango’s very own Open Shutter gallery in the midst of Divided Soul. David’s 91-year-old mother shoots me a quick, warm smile…a certain sharp, friendly twinkle in her eye.

The night has passed, and another. The work has been introduced, digested…the stories have been told, new projects unveiled. Tequila sits before me. David leans in close…your gonna write about this right? Coronas. Fresh lime splatters the lens on my Nikon; pump up the iso…no need for flash. Not tonight. I am all about the moment – it feels good. We have collected a large ensemble of friends, family, curators and photographers…the best kind of company. Tawny in the background, drowning out so many wonderful conversations is the sound of Dylan.

We, like Kerouac and Cassidy before us amble across the broad Colorado thoroughfare…common to each and every mountain town. The moon is full. We have lost a few friends, gained others. New seats, round table, we are at the Strater Hotel, and another round is poured. Historical reference. The show was a success. A Divided Soul has brought us together.

The Back Space theater- that was the venue. Small, comfortable…not withstanding the rough unfinished areas that such a stage requires. The marking of a classic loft, gallery, or otherwise artistic setting. David is nervous. Diligent sound check aside. High energy.

David smiles, the buzz is on. Burn.

David’s mother is front and center, sister at left, extended family either side, friends of family file in. Dean Conger takes an authoritive chair, and with him comes a certain presence. David is nervous. Did I mention his mother is in the front row. Energy rolls out like seawater, photographic escapism.

Rio.Scicily.Off For A Drive.Cuba.Nirobi.Women.Tell It Like It Is.

Back to Rio.

I am lost in the imagery, the narrative carries me on. Alert. Thought provoking, high octane, visuals storytelling. This is a one of a kind showing, a hometown repeat from Amsterdam…the Director’s cut in Widescreen. Lights on. A Magnum performance. Burn gets the spotlight. Conger applauds.

Back to the tequila, fast forward, the night rolls on. Headlights on the blacktop, a sleepy neighborhood greets David. Home.

Burnians Burn On….

Photograph © Amalia Dobbins 2011.

David Alan Harvey Presents…Divided Soul!

Photograph © David Alan Harvey. All Rights Reserved.

I am pleased to say that my long time friend and mentor, David Alan Harvey, will be showing his work at the prestigious Open Shutter gallery right here in my home town, Durango, Colorado.

The show opens this Friday, May 13, followed by a formal lecture on Saturday. David is traveling to Durango to present Divided Soul as an accompaniment to the photographic exhibition of the same name.

Visit the Open Shutters site to see a preview of Mr. Harvey’s work spanning decades of assignments working across Spain and Latin America.

David is a Magnum photographer, long time contributor to National Geographic Magazine, and the editor of Burn Magazine.

If your in the neighborhood, certainly don’t miss this opportunity to meet David in person…Cheers, Jeremy