Surviving 2011: Schank House Fiesta.

Photographs © Jeremy Wade Shockley 2012.

Ringing in the New Year with good friends, plenty of tequila, and the legendary sound of Midnight Backhand at the Schank House Saloon…a stones throw from our own fiesta.
With 2012 we usher in the unexpected, and anticipate the best for adventures ahead!
Prospero Feliz Ano Nuevo!
Photograph © Jeremy Wade Shockley 2012.


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…


Ushering in the New Year…

Photographs © Jeremy Wade Shockley 2011.

Celebrating amongst friends and neighbors at the Schank House saloon. Toasting to the new year…drinking for the previous. Slow shutter, short depth of filed…no flash. Going for intimacy, and authenticity. This method will always yield missed frames, but when it works…well heres a few of my favorites!

Enjoy the images. Jeremy

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