The Streets of Philadelphia.

Photographs © Jeremy Wade Shockley 2010.

Respite. At home in my office, first time in many days. The trip to Philadelphia was long and short all at the same time. I kept myself busy. I was at Rachel’s side as she needed, and off exploring my surroundings as she slept – valuable time to gain perspective.

Back West the seasons have changed, summer has arrived and with it the warm mornings and cool evenings. Early mornings my favorite. I came home to a full schedule at the newspaper and plenty of hours to log in behind the lens, good things, Bear Dance, Powwow – Spring Celebrations.

Today I slept in, worked hard around the house, and can only now sit down – clean desk, bare feet and a mind that is at ease. It’s good to be home.


Ninth & South.

Photograph © Jeremy Wade Shockley 2010.

I shot this image at the Farmer’s Market off of South Street in Philadelphia. I wanted to capture the moment for Rachel, and myself. I wanted to be able to remember with clarity the happiness that Rachel carried so bravely the day before her surgery and the isolation that would define her remaining days on the East Coast.

The rain was appropriate for such a day, and as a street photographer I feel that the ability to evoke the mood of a place and the people within those settings is often a suggestion of the weather. Work with what you have, but never dismiss the photographic opportunities that come along with adverse weather.

Cheers, Jeremy

Malignant Melanoma and the Road to Philadelphia.

Photograph © Jeremy Wade Shockley 2010.

Expecting the unexpected. Understanding Cancer and the very fragility of our existence that we take for granted in our day to day routine. Praying for sight and life. The whirlwind of emotions set forth in one afternoon. The afternoon that Rachel was diagnosed with eye cancer, spring was touching the green grass beneath our feet, a breeze to dry the tears.

Set into action our journey has landed us on the East Coast where we are perhaps over the worst, and bracing for the rest. The Wills Eye Institute in Philadelphia took us in on short notice, testing and examinations were followed by kind, strong words and enough physician related paperwork and phone calls to fill up the week. The eye surgery involved inserting a radioactive plaque into the left eye, Rachel rests now in the quite of a spacious room, counting down the days to the aforementioned radiation being removed and her freedom regained.

Loss of eye sight is inevitable, beginning in just a few short years Rachel will become dependent on seeing life though her healthy right eye, with an even deeper understanding of the important role it plays. If the procedure is deemed a success the cancer will be removed and her eye will survive despite the vision loss. Not the case in many countries across the world, or even our own twenty years ago, when the eye was removed without question to prevent the cancer cells from spreading.

We are thankful for the days spent here in Philadelphia during the initial testing, when the very idea was still distant and we busied our minds sharing the experince of a new city underfoot.

We hope for the best, embrace the future and are ever appreciative of the gracious support we have received from those closest to us.

Best, Jeremy

Michael Kircher On Photography.

Photographs © Jeremy Wade Shockley 2010.

The images posted above are selected from a single “filmstrip” so to speak…portraits made both directly and candidly over drinks in Philadelphia. Mike and I are photographers of a similar mindset and exchange our ideas, knowledge regularly- via email, phone calls and every so often over drinks.

Our friendship began in Wyoming a number of years ago. We met while taking in a workshop under the excellent council of Jodi Cobb, William Albert Allard, James Hill and David Alan Harvey who were among the many talented photojournalist and magazine editors involved in the Photography Summit.

Mike and I work towards similar goals with similar approach, and our collective ideas yield far greater results then those met alone. With this I can only encourage anyone in photography or journalism to find a few others who share your talent and passion, build those relationships and seek out knowledge together!

Cheers, Jeremy