Biker Bull Riding on the Southern Ute Indian Reservation.

Photograph Jeremy Wade Shockley/The Southern Ute Drum

Ignacio, Colorado. 
In the annual festivities that surround Ignacio’s Bike Week motorcycle rally, those with the courage join the bull in the pin for eight seconds of glory. Biker Bull riding as it is dubbed, takes non professional bull riders and gives them a taste of pain, or victory depending on the temperament of the animal, and the skill of the rider. 

In a few hours time I will be once again photographing the action…Nikon in hand!

Good light goes a long way…

Jeremy Wade Shockley/The Southern Ute Drum
This coming Saturday I will be traveling down to New Mexico to photograph heritage dancers, which brought me back to this image made a few years ago.

I can still remember this day clearly, stormy weather on the horizon, sun setting to the west, and plenty of time to work with my subjects before the performance was fully underway…for a few brief moments I was the only camera around. Resulting in a few of my favorite images, a couple of which have stood the test of time quite well. 

 I have no idea how the conditions will play out this weekend, but I am prepared for some bright, full on midday sunshine…of the New Mexico variety. Scorching hot.

Years ago, when I made photos for myself, it was the best light that I always sought out. This ideal circumstance is not a reality in the world of editorial photography, as most know.

Events are scheduled, deadlines have to be met, and above all time is usually always tight–either yours or your subjects. Luck and foresight are always at play…revisiting subjects (if possible) will always up the odds.

Making the best possible images regardless of light is the norm…and once in a while the warm light of late day, or early morning rays bath your subjects in a wonderful hue…stormy skies are a plus in my book.

Nice even light, dramatic backdrop.

Stay tuned…

Protecting a Cultural Legacy.

Photographs Jeremy Wade Shockley/The Southern Ute Drum

Protecting a Cultural Legacy…
Please take a moment to read the full story and image layout on page one and six of the most recent edition of The Southern Ute Drum.
Click HERE to view the photo essay as published.
Regards, Jeremy
Photographs Jeremy Wade Shockley/The Southern Ute Drum

Hawk High on the Southern Ute Reservation.

Photographs Jeremy Wade Shockley/The Southern Ute Drum

Taking to the air in my first aerial assignment for The Southern Ute Drum via helicopter. A full five hours of non stop excitement as we made passes over remote regions of the Southern Ute reservation documenting elk and deer populations for a feature story in this weeks issue of the Drum newspaper.
Click HERE to the read the full article and see a few more pics!

2012 Tribal Homelands Calendar Goes to Press.

Photographs Jeremy Wade Shockley/The Southern Ute Drum

Rolling of the printing presses today, is a project that has been a labour of love for over twelve months, the Southern Ute Indian Tribe’s 2012 calandar. This yearly project falls under the newspaper staff and varies greatly in context from year to year.
Setting out on many a crisp morning last winter I began to make images of the reservation landscapes, hoping to capture a certain timelessness in each photograph. That a viewer would in turn be able to make a very tactile connection with the familiar landscapes.
Titled Homelands of the Ute, this intimate look at seasonal change across the Southern Ute landscape is certainly worth a visit.
Happy New Year!
Best, Jeremy

Durango Herald Features Southern Ute Culture.

Photograph Jeremy Wade Shockley/The Southern Ute Drum

The Durango Herald featured two stories on Southern Ute Cultural events in today’s paper, one highlighting the Southern Ute Bear Dance and another focusing on the Veterans ceremonies, also known as the Day of Remembrance.

The articles are well written and respectful. Please take a moment to view these links and read them for yourself.

As the bear does and Utes to hold event honoring all vets
both by Herald Staff Writer Heather Scofield.

The Society of Professional Journalists: Rocky Mountain Region Media Awards.

Photograph Jeremy Wade Shockley/The Southern Ute Drum

SPJ Awards…

I am pleased to announce that the Southern Ute Drum newspaper pulled in five awards last week at the Society of Professional Journalists’ annual awards banquet in Denver, Colorado. Please take a moment to read the full story on page 20 of The Southern Ute Drum.

Among those awards, I garnered one for this photograph of trout being stocked into the local reservoir, and another for continued coverage of Fort Lewis College and the expansion of its long standing Native American center.

Each of our staff members earned accolades in this years media contest, spanning four states …see article for full details!

Jeremy Wade Shockley
First Place: Education General Reporting
“FLC Student Union Makes Room For New Native Center”

Jeremy Wade Shockley
Third Place: News Photography
“Lake Capote Opens With A Splash”

Here’s to the spirit of journalism! Cheers, Jeremy