Prime Portrait

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!

Cheers, Jeremy

My Friend Mike Kircher.

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

It’s not just a bike…

A bicycle awaits it’s owner outside of a shop in the town of Chipata, Zambia.

A fundraiser for ACIRFA will he held at the Steam & Steel Cafe in Silverton, Colorado this Friday evening Oct. 3rd from 6-9pm. I will be presenting a slideshow of images from throughout Africa, with an emphasis on “The Utilitarian Bicycle” shot primarily in Zambia during my last visit. A certain percentage of the proceeds from sold photographs that evening will also be donated to ACIRFA as part of the fundraiser. To learn more about the organization visit their link HERE.

Hope to see you this weekend!

Cheers, Jeremy

1309 Green Street
Silverton, Colorado

Above Photograph © Jeremy Wade Shockley 2008. All Rights Reserved.

Independence Day over Silverton, Colorado.

Forgetting about photography is almost an impossibility for me. Rather than joining the party in Silverton, Colorado last weekend Rachel and I choose to stake out a spot of wilderness overlooking the valley. I dusted off my rarely used tripod and cracked open an ice cold Tecate. I changed my position a few times to achieve the desired composition and waited! Silverton is known for it’s impressive display of fireworks and the storm clouds in the sky were sure to add a dramatic element to the sky.

The first shot was exposed for 10 seconds at an ISO of 200. As the setting became darker I cranked my ISO up to 640 and added a few seconds to the exposure. This large burst was caught at 13 Sec. A longer exposure tends to meld the fireworks and “blowout” the image, still I wanted to be able to have enough light to define the tall trees in the foreground. The bursts were lighting the sky up after another. As the show was wrapping up I brought the ISO back down to 500 and set the Exposure to 30 Sec. to see what I might get…..this large blast went off at ground accident that left no one seriously injured, but lit up the town of Silverton for a few brief seconds.

Photographs © Jeremy Wade Shockley 2008. All rights reserved.

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.