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.


The Love of Jazz, Street Photography and a Fast Prime. Shooting Available Light with the Fifty.

A visit to my favorite Denver hangout…the El Chapultepec Jazz Club.
A subject I have pursued for years. There is a place and time for flash photography, and there are certain atmospheres that are pure and wonderful. Untouched by flash, I shot the available light here using a 50mm F1.4 prime lens on Nikon’s D7000 body…fast, simple, and above all, unobtrusive.

Photographs © Jeremy Wade Shockley 2012.

Enjoy the Post! Cheers…Jeremy

National Geographic Photographer Ed Kashi on Visual Storytelling…with Passion & Purpose!

Photographs © Jeremy Wade Shockley 2012.

In my last post I introduced Ed Kashi and his Eye Contact exhibition in Denver, Colorado.
Posted here are a few selected photos from Kashi’s workshop, Visual Storytelling with Passion and Purpose…
An excellent blend of presentation and information, the day was filled with a glimpse into Ed Kashi’s own work, his words, and the conversation driven by audience participation, photo critique and one-on-one dialogue.
Excellent workshop all around…Thank you Ed!
Published books include: Aging in America, Curse of the Black Gold, and Three…among others.
Powerful images, strong narrative; clearly created with both passion and purpose.
Photograph © Jeremy Wade Shockley 2012.

Ed Kashi: Eye Contact Exhibit at the Colorado Photographic Arts Center.

Photographs © Jeremy Wade Shockley 2012.
I was fortunate enough to have an opportunity to attend Ed Kashi’s workshop and gallery opening at the new CPAC in Denver, Colorado over the past weekend.
The exhibition, titled Eye Contact was comprised of selected photographs from his thirty year career, showcasing images that were perhaps set aside for their subject’s direct eye contact with the camera. Together, they form an impressive collection of compelling journalistic images.
Ed was gracious enough to attend the opening of the show and stand for a few portraits…
See more of Kashi’s work in the current issue of National Geographic magazine or visit
Stay tuned for an upcoming post on the workshop…Visual Storytelling with Passion and Purpose.

Postcards in RAW…

Photograph © Jeremy Wade Shockley 2011.

Arriving in Denver today I promptly checked into my room and slept through the afternoon, tired from travel. The cold bitter wind was sharp and unforgiving as I ventured out before sunset, settling into a book store for coffee, in an effort to warm myself.

Travel for me is about exploration, it’s about seeing my surroundings with fresh eyes, and occasionally, indulging in solitude. Voyeurism and self reflection…street photography at its best.
The cold afternoon, was quickly giving way to an even colder night and the last of the storm clouds settled on the horizon. I turned my lens to the architecture of my urban surroundings in the last moments of the day.

Here’s my postcard to you… Best, Jeremy

A Night at the El Chapultepec.

An evening at the El Chapultepec in old town Denver. A favorite of mine. I believe that Jack Kerouac and the likes of Neal Cassidy used to saddle up to this very bar.
Not many venues left like this out West.
We traded the crowded bar area, and live jazz performance for some reliable stick. My cousin Ben Shockley, his wife Shelby, Dave & Melina…and a guy named Lloyd. Spelled with two L’s of course.
… and I believe pictures will speak for themselves.

Photographs © Jeremy Wade Shockley 2011.
….and the final edit. Just couldn’t pass up on this portrait of my good friend Dave Pike.
Photographs © Jeremy Wade Shockley 2011.