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.


Offset Printing Press Rolls On.

Photographs Jeremy Wade Shockley/SU DRUM

This is Bob, he prints the Southern Ute Drum.

Twice a month we take our hard work and collect it onto a digital file, which we then take across the border to New Mexico to be printed by the Farmington Daily Times.

Aside from a few adaptions to technology transfer, the printing process rolls on much as it has for the last century with the use of an Offset Printing Press. Fast & Dirty is the best way to describe a couple thousand newspapers coming off the print line!

The Southern Ute Drum is a small print run in comparison to their Daily Newspaper, and every effort is made to assure quality control as our latest edition rolls off the belts for a final count and bundle.

One of the most interesting aspects of my job at the Southern Ute Drum is that we are directly involved with every step of getting our paper on the street and into your hands, or online! An invaluable experince in an era where the future of printed media sits uneasy, and digital journalism is fast becoming the standard.

Change is inevitable, but for now we can rest easy knowing that crews like Bob’s are still working around the clock in shifts to bring the news to your doorstep every morning without fail!

Any thoughts on the future of digital media, the direction of printed media or the effects these changes will have on the nature of journalism as we know it? Are we seeing the end, or just the beginning of this global economy?

I look forward to hearing your “two cents” on this subject. Post your comments, thoughts, ideas…

I like to think that things are just getting started!

Cheers, Jeremy

The Southern Ute Drum.

Photograph © Jeremy Wade Shockley 2008. All Rights Reserved.

Good timing, a strong portfolio and an ongoing personal interest in photographing Native American Culture landed me a position with the Southern Ute Indian Tribe, as a full time photographer for their newspaper and archive in Ignacio, Colorado.

The Southern Ute Drum is published as Ignacio’s only newspaper, covering Tribal affairs and local events. The archive is a product of journalism and provides a historical record belonging to Ute culture and the Southern Ute Tribe.

The “Drum” is published every two weeks, followed immediately by an online posting. I have added a link on the right sidebar, as well as links to a few pages of my work from our last two issues below.

I look forward to the opportunities, challenges and relationships that will come with this position as I explore Ute culture “through the lens”. Perhaps most valuable will be the experiences that I will have as a photojournalist within just a few miles of my own doorstep!

Please take a few minutes to view these tear sheets HERE

View the Southern Ute Drum Website HERE.

Keep checking in! Cheers, Jeremy