Photograph © Jeremy Wade Shockley 2012.
A subject that has intrigued me from an early age. My western roots, combined with the dust and leather of these particularly nostalgic events…cowboy culture to the core.
I have seen many and even photographed a few western rodeos in my day. Bulls, broncs, and even mutton bustin‘ make for action packed images..literally packed into a few seconds once they open the gates.
Like any event that I cover, the bulk of my attention is focused on the lifestyle surrounding that event, the fringes if you like. A few years back, I used my press pass at the Gallup Inter-Tribal Ceremonial to spend a few hours covering the Dine ‘Navajo’ Rodeo. Shooting the fringes here was no exception. Using a short lens and plenty of personal interaction, I was able to shoot the bull riders as they prepared for their eight second ride, both mentally and physically.
More rodeos are in my future as I continue to document the American West…camera in hand.
Keep checkin‘ in. Best, Jeremy
Photographs © Jeremy Wade Shockley 2009. All Rights Reserved.
After an epic adventure in the Grand Canyon- despite a sandstorm, followed by icy winds- we explored the Northern realm of Arizona, gracing some of the iconic sites associated with the Southwest. Antelope Canyon was a highlight! Located on Tribal Lands, this landmark is part of the Navajo Nation and can provide some awe inspiring views throughout the day, as light and shadow shift with the changing sun!