|Photographs © Steve Conney 2013. All Rights Reserved.|
Five years ago I was lured into the El Chapultepec by the sound of raucous blues music pouring from a side door, which had been propped open to cool the tightly packed jazz club down in the middle of particularly cold winter night.
I returned a few days later to document the scene as part of my ongoing work on Denver’s hip, revitalized downtown districts, sweeping west from Colfax and into lower downtown.
Returning last week with only my 85mm prime lens, ideal for the intimate low light photography I wish to create, Denver’s historic jazz club welcomed me in as it always had!
Juggling the Nikon, iPhone camera and a number of cold Modelos, sweating off their labels, I immersed myself into the night….as is my nature.
|All Photographs © Jeremy Wade Shockley 2013. All Rights Reserved.|
|Photographs © Jeremy Wade Shockley 2012. All Rights Reserved.
The Photo Task Force sponsored the annual photography “shoot out” in which a short essay that I shot one afternoon at the Mandalay Bay beach following our work sessions garnered a first place title! Very pleased with the outcome as one of the jurors was none other than Pulitzer Prize winner Nick Ut.
|Photograph Michael Kircher 2012.|
Simple, straightforward portrait by my friend Mike Kircher on a recent outing to the Colorado mining town of Silverton. Peppered with bars and cafes we found respite in a small brewery called the Avalanche cafe.
Mike and I set to discussing portraiture, and successful photo techniques. Which led to this intimate image, made much more so by the tight crop that I have employed often in my own work. This proximity brings the viewer in close, and having good rapport with your subject is evident in this type of approach.
Prime lenses help as they are small, compact and above all honest!
Thanks for the great pic Mike!
|Photograph © Jeremy Wade Shockley 2012.|
Uploading images, mentally preparing for the new week, resting. This is what I busy myself with after a wonderful, marathon weekend with close friend, and photographer Michael Kircher.
Mike lives on the East coast, Maryland, just a stones throw from our Nation’s capitol state.
We share ideas, photography, and encouragement…communicating through cyberspace, phone calls, and even Instagram!
Not this weekend, Mike made the trip out West to see a bit of cowboy culture and Rocky Mountain scenery, a chance to visit with Rachel and I at our home on the lake…
Today he travels East. We will both certainly be editing images for some time…sharing them as we can. Pushing the creative boundaries, a friendship built on our shared ambitions, a curiosity for life and a unwavering passion for the photographic image!
Safe travels Mike! Cheers, Jeremy
Photographs © Jeremy Wade Shockley 2012.