Photograph © Jeremy Wade Shockley 2011.

Our friend Skip Favreau enjoys the ambiance of a week night at the Schank House saloon. A stones throw from my doorstep, this cowboy bar has all the character and warmth that make photographs come alive. What remains of the ‘Old West’ has a place at the bar, night and day, from one season to the next!

First rounds on me…


The Schank House.

Photographs © Jeremy Wade Shockley 2008. All Rights Reserved.

While many photojournalist opt for city life in some of the fastest paced communities across the globe, I rolled the dice once more, returning to the very place in Colorado where I grew up. I came home to the valley of my youth, bent on the idea that one must not necessarily sacrifice quality of life in order to pursue a career as challenging as professional photography.

In this, one of the greatest principals of photojournalism has been understood; one need not photograph exotic lands or historical moments to create compelling, powerful, or even beautiful images. But rather fully understand the subject at hand, tell your own story through photographs and the images will speak for themselves. I believe that if you take on a story idea that interests you, then that idea will take on interest!

Great photographic works are not shot from a distance but rather from arms length, and above all they involve dedication and understanding.

This short essay was shot at the local bar across the road from where I live; a couple birthdays rolled together with the opening of the Schank House saloon, and the energy of the night was set in motion! This is a small slice of life, community, and family. This is Vallecito, this is a part of my own story. – Enjoy

Silverton, Colorado.

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.