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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Chronicling the American West: The iPhone Image

Photograph © Jeremy Wade Shockley 2013. All Rights Reserved.

I recently packed the truck for a full week of adventure…right at home in the American Southwest. The plan was to cover some familiar ground, some unfamiliar sites and see a few friends along the way.

Packed in the truck’s cab was an assortment of Osprey, Timbuktu, and Lowepro camera bags, setting my self up for any photographic possibility that might arise.

I pride myself in packing light, but a truck full of gear has it’s appeal too!

I always set out on each trip, adventure with a few goals in mind, one of which was to create something  photographically unique in the days ahead, whilst not working too hard on my long awaited vacation. Riding single track was another goal for the trip, and a very close second!

The balance is almost always in the approach itself, but in many ways my choice of camera played the biggest part of being able to pull off relevant work, and still enjoy myself each and every day!

Late into our last night at home, I found myself loading fresh music and audio books onto the new iPhone, carefully leaving ample room on the device for photographs. Grabbing the phone charger and a good felt hat as I descended the stairs…soon we were heading west, our sights fixed on Moab, Ut.

The iPhone 5 was my workhorse, a photographic steed which enabled me to produce & publish work in a manner that was both casual & efficient, reserving the Nikon kit, with all it’s bells & whistles, for specific points of interest as we wound our way down into the heart of Arizona.

The iPhone embodies spontaneity, and brings out so much of the joy that is photography!

To se the full adventure visit the instagram site @ jeremywadeshockley

Limitless: iPhone 5 Field Tested.

Photographs © Jeremy Wade Shockley 2013. All Rights Reserved.
As a street photographer, journalist and an adventurer at heart: Size does matter.

The rapid emergence of cell phone cameras in the world of digital storytelling, and the recent release of Apple’s iPhone 5 certainly begs the attention of any serious image maker.

The file quality is beautiful and accurate. Each picture holds the richness that I would expect in a professional level camera.
Having only upgraded my own phone over the recent holiday, I have taken numerous oppertunities to push this camera to its limits with surprising success.
To protect my new sidekick, I purchased a high quality screen protector – applied front and back – which is then complimented by the Moshi iGlaze Armour case.

The Moshi case maintains the phones intended slim, stylish look while still protecting the camera lens from surface contact.

The shutter buttons are also easily accessible for those who might prefer to trip each exposure with gloved hands – a great tip for cold weather photography.
Stay tuned for more iPhone Travelogue postings…Best, Jeremy

Back to the Basics: Chronicling my life by way of iPhone photography.

The open expanse of Colorado’s San Luis Valley stretches out before us, dusk moves in.   
Our rooster – Slick – keeps an eye on his flock, another on me. 
The season’s first snow clings to a burnt snag in a wilderness that has been twice burned by wildfires within a decade.  
Excited for the season, our Rhodesian takes to the snow with playful ferocity.

Free range cattle are rounded up at summer’s end, crossing the Vallecito before the first snow blankets the high country.  

Fresh apples are picked throughout the community, washed and pulped during the autumn ritual of cider pressing. 

Drought leaves  stumps exposed on a dry lakebed as summer nears it’s end, the full moon casting a glow over the arid landscape.

All Photographs © Jeremy Wade Shockley 2013. All Rights Reserved. 

In my line of work, I come full circle more often then one would think. I picked up a camera ten years ago to document my immediate surroundings, from there I honed my craft.

Working full time as a professional photojournalist, I have had to “train” myself at times to put the camera away, enjoy the moment.

Be present.

Then comes the rationalization that these are the moments that I most desperately want to record, these are my immediate surroundings, though I am no longer living or working abroad the need for a visual record has never been stronger.

Each day is my own. No impending travels, adventures or assignments lie on the horizon before me. Life lies before me with each sunrise, and each sunset.

While I often lie my Nikon aside, with it’s assortment of prime lenses, and even heavier flash units, and all the batteries & memory cards that keep the system viable, I pick up the iPhone.

Full circle.

I am once again free to chronicle my comings and goings as simply and with the same straight forward intentions as I once set out to create with a fistful of film and the world ahead of me.

Instagram Highlights.

Photograph © Jeremy Wade Shockley 2012.

 Taking to the road for assignments and travel, the iPhone has proven itself to be the most spontaneous camera I have ever wielded…no longer do I contemplate a picture, rather I make it on the spot. The results have been a visual dialogue of my journey woven throughout my professional work. Shared almost immediately with the robust online community that is Instagram. Self publishing at its best!

Photograph © Jeremy Wade Shockley 2012.

Instagram: Snowdown Festivities, Light Parade, and Fire Dancers. Durango, Colorado.

Photograph © Jeremy Wade Shockley 2012.

In the heat of the moment…an Instagram from the field.
The iPhone is the tool for interpreting your immediate surroundings.
iPhone reportage.
Visit Instagram HERE.

Instagram.

Photograph © Jeremy Wade Shockley 2012.

For those who love photography , social media, and real time updates…Instagram is a solid choice for sharing and consuming unpolished “slice of life” imagery!
Instagram is an iPhone app, where content creators share their images and thoughts within a small circle of friends, but not limited as such.
My handle is jeremywadeshockley and the instagram venue can be viewed HERE, simple, elegant, and above all addicting!
Become a follower…become a contributor. The best cameras is always the one you have with you!
Cheers, Jeremy