I have been working on the Durango-Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad as a long term project since returning to my home in the San Juan Mountains, almost five years ago. I came across this image today while working on my archive…another ongoing project with no visible end! I choose to highlight this particular shot because I feel that it embodies the essence of what I hope to portray by photographing the railroad in the first place…a sense of timelessness.
There will certainly be more posts on this subject as I collect my images…and my thoughts!
Please keep checking in…Best, Jeremy
Here is a “Moment” captured yesterday at the rail yard in Durango as the narrow gauge pulled in from Silverton. I have taken on the D&SNG Railroad as part of a “personal project” delving into various aspects of the American West; traditions, culture and the continual “changes” that both effect and define the “western” way of life.
Photograph © Jeremy Wade Shockley 2008. All rights reserved.
Silverton holds some of the old west charm of late. As Colorado mountain towns continue to grow and develop; the vibe, feel and context of these communities is also evolving. I personally enjoy the old ways and feel that Silverton has held on to much of it’s quaintness despite a new ski resort and the influx of tourism that the Durango-Silverton narrow gauge brings with it. I was fortunate enough to have a few hours in Silverton this past weekend, camera in hand. I sought to track down some of the western nostalgia in this short photo essay. As a photographer/journalist do you find yourselves taking steps to set yourself apart from the other camera wielding “Tourists” when visiting a location or culture known for it’s photographic opportunities? If so, is this out of respect for your work or the subject at hand or both?
Photographs © Jeremy Wade Shockley 2008. All rights reserved.