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…


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!

Steel & Steam.

Photograph © Jeremy Wade Shockley 2011.

I have been working on the Durango-Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad as a long term project since returning to my home in the San Juan Mountains, almost five years ago. I came across this image today while working on my archive…another ongoing project with no visible end! I choose to highlight this particular shot because I feel that it embodies the essence of what I hope to portray by photographing the railroad in the first place…a sense of timelessness.

There will certainly be more posts on this subject as I collect my images…and my thoughts!

Please keep checking in…Best, Jeremy

Cultural Rendezvous in Cascade Canyon.

Photographs Jeremy Wade Shockley/SU DRUM

The above images are selected from Southern Ute Drum coverage of the Second Annual Heritage Train, now available to view online. Leading off the front page, this story captures both the majesty of the natural environment and the historical railcars, while also bringing the reader in closer for an intimate look at the cultural side of this unique and beautiful event through words and imagery.

View full article and photographs as published HERE.

Cheers, Jeremy

The Polar Express.

Photographs © Jeremy Wade Shockley 2009. All Rights Reserved.

What a better way to enjoy the spirit of the season than by boarding Durango’s historic railroad on a wintry trip themed after the iconic children’s story, The Polar Express. I was invited by good friends to share in this event – giving me the opportunity to try and create an image of youthful wonder with a heavy stamp of nostalgia.

I have ridden the train as a photographer enough in the last couple of years to where most of these images were already planned out in my mind as I boarded the Polar Express. I can be almost certain that Rachel and I were the minority, as the small train cars began to fill up with eager children clad in full pajamas, bearing story books and hot chocolate with them.

While children are basically predictable, their immediate actions are spontaneous and subject to immediate change, therefor a seemingly simple photograph became a product of trial and error. I had a feeling the night would be cold enough to fog the windows and I wanted that portrait of wonderment for what might be on the other side of the glass- the one I already had envisioned in my head. Lining up the elements of light, angle and emotion became the focus of my train ride into the winter wonderland north of Durango.

As a photojournalist, trying to tell the story with pictures, I find myself creating a mental outline of images that will tie the essay together, and often times to very specific levels. Do you find yourself often approaching a subject, assignment with the preconceived notion of what you would like to come out with, hoping for the best and expecting the worst -or do you simply dive in and photograph as the situation unfolds?

Hope you enjoy the ones that made the final cut….. and Here’s to the Season!

Photographs © Jeremy Wade Shockley 2009. All Rights Reserved.

River of the Lost Souls.

Photographs © Jeremy Wade Shockley 2009. All Rights Reserved.

A cold snap dropped the colors early this fall as our train cars rocked back and forth on their slow ascent up the canyon. Following the Animas River into the granite cliffs above Durango and into the Weminuche wilderness.

The warm light that poured into the closed train cars was as welcome as the warm coffee in our hands.

The river below runs through rock cut from centuries of runoff, turned an iridescent green by the minerals it carries with it. The coal powered train steams forward, unaffected by the change of seasons, loss of fall foliage or the years which have redefined it’s very purpose.