The Photographic Book.

Photograph © Jeremy Wade Shockley 2011.

The photographic book is perhaps one of the finest venues for a solid body of work, the product of a long term project, or one’s life work.

Timeless.

I have stacks of National Geographic magazines loitering around the house, as well as books from my youth, read, reread lining the wooden shelves of my mountain home. Some novels remain unopened- awaiting a quieter time in my life. There is perhaps no such time in the foreseeable future… A deeper passion is my love of images, and the books that exemplify that visual journey – a collection that will see no end in this lifetime!

Some of my absolute favorites are pictured here, mostly image collections, but the artistic visions of photographers; Abell, Stanfield, Kashi, Allard, and Harvey are represented by their respective published works. To soak up a collection of photographic work is an education in itself…may the tea kettle often whistle!

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Mentorship, Authorship, and the Words of David Alan Harvey.

Photograph © Jeremy Wade Shockley 2011.

I first saw the work of David Alan Harvey at an impressionable time in my life. I was in my early twenties, working and studying in Latin America. The books and literature I consumed revolved around Spanish culture at large. I clearly remember sitting in my small, barren apartment overlooking the colonial architecture of Cuenca sprawling out below me, a quart of mildly warm Pilsner at my side and a National Geographic magazine opened to an article on Cuba. The work was David’s of course. I said to myself, this guy knows how to have a good time…. And he shoots for the Geographic.

I was inspired.

The intimate, colorful images stuck with me as I traversed the full length of Central America and Mexico, camera in hand, arriving some months later in a poorly lit bus depot outside of Albuquerque, New Mexico. I had completed my journey. I immediately sought out a lab to develop the film canisters I had been packing around, in a ragged ziplock bag. So began my passion for imagery.

In the following year I would return to Colorado and finish my degree in architecture. I wasted no time in unpacking an old Pentax K1000, given to me by my mother upon graduating high school, and made friends with the Universities’ visual resource department. Hours washed away in the darkroom.

My love of photography, combined with a lifetime of travel, set in motion a career which I had not yet fully conceptualized.

Photograph © Jeremy Wade Shockley 2010.

In the years following my degree I found myself wandering the red earthen trails of Ha Mohatlane, generally just keeping myself busy, shooting as much film as I could afford to develop on the stipend of a Peace Corps volunteer working in Africa. This was not a large sum of money. Passion led to direction. I needed fuel. My time in Lesotho neared it’s end, I had crossed every district in the Mountain Kingdom, photographed most of it, and desperately wanted to understand photojournalism to a fuller extent. I knew then that I wanted to make a difference through photography.

The words and images of David Alan Harvey came to me in a small field guide published by the National Geographic, where a dozen or so iconic Geographic photographers really speak from the heart about image making and the role of photography in telling a story. I soaked this one up- a couple of times. I related especially to David’s intimate and honest approach. More about the moment-less about the equipment.

Two years later I was introducing myself to David Harvey and Jodi Cobb in a room full of photographers.

Back on American soil, my drive was fueled by the immediate desire to make a career for myself, the opportunities presented by a fist full of credit cards, and an open road. With that said, I packed my aging pickup, a nineteen and seventy-seven Chevrolet with the basics, a couple of film cameras and headed to Wyoming for a weeklong workshop led by some of the most respected and iconic photographers and editors of our time. I can’t quite say “the rest is history” because that was only the beginning!

I took this portrait of David the other day at a cafe, not the exact photo I had intended to take just moments before, while sipping on my coffee. David, relaxed, pensive, his hands gesturing as his thoughts formulated. I missed that one. This will have to work.

David’s advice…Sail your own Boat!

A short video segment produced by David’s son, Bryan Harvey …enjoy the film.

Bryan Harvey Films

Photograph © Jeremy Wade Shockley 2010.

David Alan Harvey, Curator of Burn Magazine, Sets New Standards In Online Publishing.

Photograph © Jeremy Wade Shockley 2010. All Rights Reserved.

David Alan Harvey, curator of Burn Magazine, recently announced that his online publication would begin paying for work published on the site. This is a great step in the magazine industry as photographers are often seeing their work on screen rather than in print and pay scales should still be reflected by the quality and circulation of one’s work regardless of the medium, be it online or in print!

Visit Burn Magazine to learn more…….

Cheers, Jeremy

Photograph © Jeremy Wade Shockley 2010. All Rights Reserved.

The Photographic Community.


Location has played it’s own role in the momentum and success of many young photographers in the last century. Paris was for many years, home to a community of artists, writers and photographers to the point of cliche. The same sorts of communities still exist here in the United States, and perhaps most significantly in the cities where publishing makes it’s home, New York and DC attracting the die hard journalist.

As we roll over into the year 2010, any one in the publishing biz can assure you that the Internet has become the driving force of media and subsequently opened the community of publishers, writers and photographers to connect on a global scale. To put it more directly, one can conduct business, publish work and communicate from home or cafe across the most distant regions of the world around the clock.

So the question I would like put forth is this, does the photographic community still exist? What examples can you give? Can communities of photographers, and the like minded, still full fill the same purpose if taken to cyberspace?

Your comments, your thoughts…..

David Alan Harvey’s online journal for emerging photographers, launched last year, has become much, much more than just a magazine, but rather a community of artistic intellect spanning the globe, and if you pay a visit you will find that Burn never sleeps!

I welcome and encourage your input on the subject! Jeremy

Photographs © Jeremy Wade Shockley 2009. All Rights Reserved.

Burn Anniversary!

Photograph © Jeremy Wade Shockley 2009.

Burnians celebrate the one year anniversary of Burn, David Alan Harvey’s online magazine for emerging photographers and its successes. Burnians.com is a site that celebrates the creative collective that is David’s extended family- enjoy the energy!!

Angelina Rubio




Photographs © Jeremy Wade Shockley 2009. All Rights Reserved.

Angelina Rubio revisits Cuba through David Alan Harvey’s photographs. Having spent time in Cuba herself, the images of Cuban culture evoke emotion and happiness. Stories of day to day Cuban life are shared amongst family and friends during her graduation party.

Nina and her tia page through Harvey’s book following a traditional home cooked meal of Carne Asada and Civiche. Angelina works in the field of medicine; she is a kind, talented and generous individual!

I chose these images for their quite, personal feel, I hope you enjoy them!

Cheers, Jeremy

Photograph © Jeremy Wade Shockley. All Rights Reserved.

Burn Magazine.

Photograph © Jeremy Wade Shockley 2008.

David Alan Harvey introduces Burn Magazine, an online journal for emerging photographers. This clean, stylistic site showcases strong, introspective works from a wide variety of talented photographers almost daily! David Alan Harvey is a MAGNUM photographer and the curator of Burn.