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.

Prime Portrait

Photograph Michael Kircher 2012.

Simple, straightforward portrait by my friend Mike Kircher on a recent outing to the Colorado mining town of Silverton. Peppered with bars and cafes we found respite in a small brewery called the Avalanche cafe.

Mike and I set to discussing portraiture, and successful photo techniques. Which led to this intimate image, made much more so by the tight crop that I have employed often in my own work. This proximity brings the viewer in close, and having good rapport with your subject is evident in this type of approach.

Prime lenses help as they are small, compact and above all honest!

Thanks for the great pic Mike!

Cheers, Jeremy

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.

Setting the Stage.

The only thing I love better than great light is a dynamic backdrop…such as this unexpected cement relic standing stream side in the forest near where Rachel grew up, now artfully reclaimed by the local youth.

After making a few nice portraits of Rachel and her niece, I handed the camera off and stepped into the scene.
Nice light, nice moment. Perfect setting. Happy holidays!

Friends of Lesotho Fund Raiser: 2012 Mountain Kingdom Calendar.

I am pleased to announce the arrival of the 2012 Friends of Lesotho calendar, a fundraising project that I recently collaborated on as a returned Peace Corps volunteer from the country of Lesotho. Each year Friends of Lesotho, a non-profit, raises funds through the publication of an annual calendar sold by the organization.

The proceeds are used to support various projects in the Mountain Kingdom of Lesotho at a grass roots level. Lesotho (pronounced li-soo-too) is a relatively small country surrounded on all sides by South Africa. Being one of the most economically challenged countries in Africa, Lesotho can really benefit from small project assistance for education and economic development.

This year’s 2012 calendar, Lesotho: The Mountain Kingdom features some of my favorite images from travels throughout the ten districts, as well as intimate portraits and everyday scenes from the foothills of the Maluti Mountains where I was stationed from 2003-2005.

I encourage any one who is interested in purchasing one of these to contact Pete Neumann with Friends of Lesotho. The proceeds do not benefit myself or my company, but rather the non-profit and its development projects in the rural communities where many of these very same images were made. I have given the organization full use of these images for this project at absolutely no cost in an effort to give as much back to the Basotho people as I can at this time.

Beautiful calendar, good cause! Khotso-Pula-Nala.

Click on the IMAGE above for ordering details.

Best, Jeremy

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.

Gathering of Nations: Stage 49

Photograph Jeremy Wade Shockley/The Southern Ute Drum
Please visit The Southern Ute Drum to view powwwow coverage…
I had the opportunity to cover the Gathering of Nations this year, along with the music venues held each year at stage “49”…
– Awesome experience!
One of my favorite performances came from Levi Platero, a Navajo guitarist of acclaimed talent. The show was impressive, and the stage lighting provided all that was necessary to capture this artistic moment…Enjoy the image!
Cheers, Jeremy