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…

Jeremy

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!

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.

An Evening with Magnum Photographer Steve McCurry – Durango, Colorado.




Photographs © Jeremy Wade Shockley 2011.

I recently had the pleasure of spending the day at the Open Shutter Gallery here in Durango, Colorado. Opening his own show and giving a photography lecture was Magnum photographer Steve McCurry of National Geographic fame.

Covering topics from Afghanistan* to the fall of the World Trade Center on 911, Steve’s work spans decades photographing assignments across the globe for the Geographic, with a focus on South Asia.

*Photograph © Steve McCurry. All Rights Reserved.

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.

David Alan Harvey Presents…Divided Soul!

Photograph © David Alan Harvey. All Rights Reserved.

I am pleased to say that my long time friend and mentor, David Alan Harvey, will be showing his work at the prestigious Open Shutter gallery right here in my home town, Durango, Colorado.

The show opens this Friday, May 13, followed by a formal lecture on Saturday. David is traveling to Durango to present Divided Soul as an accompaniment to the photographic exhibition of the same name.

Visit the Open Shutters site to see a preview of Mr. Harvey’s work spanning decades of assignments working across Spain and Latin America.

David is a Magnum photographer, long time contributor to National Geographic Magazine, and the editor of Burn Magazine.

If your in the neighborhood, certainly don’t miss this opportunity to meet David in person…Cheers, Jeremy

Mentorship, Authorship, and the Words of David Alan Harvey.

Photograph © Jeremy Wade Shockley 2011.

I first saw the work of David Alan Harvey at an impressionable time in my life. I was in my early twenties, working and studying in Latin America. The books and literature I consumed revolved around Spanish culture at large. I clearly remember sitting in my small, barren apartment overlooking the colonial architecture of Cuenca sprawling out below me, a quart of mildly warm Pilsner at my side and a National Geographic magazine opened to an article on Cuba. The work was David’s of course. I said to myself, this guy knows how to have a good time…. And he shoots for the Geographic.

I was inspired.

The intimate, colorful images stuck with me as I traversed the full length of Central America and Mexico, camera in hand, arriving some months later in a poorly lit bus depot outside of Albuquerque, New Mexico. I had completed my journey. I immediately sought out a lab to develop the film canisters I had been packing around, in a ragged ziplock bag. So began my passion for imagery.

In the following year I would return to Colorado and finish my degree in architecture. I wasted no time in unpacking an old Pentax K1000, given to me by my mother upon graduating high school, and made friends with the Universities’ visual resource department. Hours washed away in the darkroom.

My love of photography, combined with a lifetime of travel, set in motion a career which I had not yet fully conceptualized.

Photograph © Jeremy Wade Shockley 2010.

In the years following my degree I found myself wandering the red earthen trails of Ha Mohatlane, generally just keeping myself busy, shooting as much film as I could afford to develop on the stipend of a Peace Corps volunteer working in Africa. This was not a large sum of money. Passion led to direction. I needed fuel. My time in Lesotho neared it’s end, I had crossed every district in the Mountain Kingdom, photographed most of it, and desperately wanted to understand photojournalism to a fuller extent. I knew then that I wanted to make a difference through photography.

The words and images of David Alan Harvey came to me in a small field guide published by the National Geographic, where a dozen or so iconic Geographic photographers really speak from the heart about image making and the role of photography in telling a story. I soaked this one up- a couple of times. I related especially to David’s intimate and honest approach. More about the moment-less about the equipment.

Two years later I was introducing myself to David Harvey and Jodi Cobb in a room full of photographers.

Back on American soil, my drive was fueled by the immediate desire to make a career for myself, the opportunities presented by a fist full of credit cards, and an open road. With that said, I packed my aging pickup, a nineteen and seventy-seven Chevrolet with the basics, a couple of film cameras and headed to Wyoming for a weeklong workshop led by some of the most respected and iconic photographers and editors of our time. I can’t quite say “the rest is history” because that was only the beginning!

I took this portrait of David the other day at a cafe, not the exact photo I had intended to take just moments before, while sipping on my coffee. David, relaxed, pensive, his hands gesturing as his thoughts formulated. I missed that one. This will have to work.

David’s advice…Sail your own Boat!

A short video segment produced by David’s son, Bryan Harvey …enjoy the film.

Bryan Harvey Films

Photograph © Jeremy Wade Shockley 2010.