Often the most difficult images to capture are the ones we see everyday…

Photographs Jeremy Wade Shockley/The Southern Ute Drum

I pulled off of the winding county road that leads north as the last rays of light seemed to be holding on to the color of the thin ice sheathing the surface of Vallecito reservoir.

Every spring the ice breaks up, melts away, and disappears without much resistance. Every year looks and feels different, separate in its own way. This year I was perhaps more attuned to the change, in a record setting spring where warmer temperatures have prematurely melted the winter away.

The quality of the blue cast that indicates the ice sheet is on the brink of disappearance…that is what caught my eye. The light, and the breeze all added to the sensory experience. An iPhone shot and a couple of frames on the Nikon yielded some nice results. For me, they are moments that I might not have otherwise experienced on my daily commute.

These are the frames we have to make for ourselves, perhaps even stepping back a little in order to document our immediate surroundings…

2012 Tribal Homelands Calendar Goes to Press.

Photographs Jeremy Wade Shockley/The Southern Ute Drum

Rolling of the printing presses today, is a project that has been a labour of love for over twelve months, the Southern Ute Indian Tribe’s 2012 calandar. This yearly project falls under the newspaper staff and varies greatly in context from year to year.
Setting out on many a crisp morning last winter I began to make images of the reservation landscapes, hoping to capture a certain timelessness in each photograph. That a viewer would in turn be able to make a very tactile connection with the familiar landscapes.
Titled Homelands of the Ute, this intimate look at seasonal change across the Southern Ute landscape is certainly worth a visit.
Happy New Year!
Best, Jeremy


Jeremy Wade Shockley/SU DRUM

As staff photographer for the Southern Ute Drum many projects come across my desk including the Tribal Calendar. Not bad since it gives me an opportunity to take photographs originally published in newsprint and get a high gloss version off the press!

The cover shot for this year’s calendar was taken on Tribal lands, catching some early morning light across the glassy surface of Scott’s Pond.

Enjoy the image- Jeremy