Garden of the Gods.

Photograph © Jeremy Wade Shockley 2011.

At times one is better turning the lens on tourists to better illustrate the scene at some of our more popular destinations, such was the case this afternoon as I made a quick visit to Garden of the Gods, state park. Often the people add another layer of interest, or in this case a sense of scale…

Best, Jeremy


On Assignment: Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Photographs © Jeremy Wade Shockley 2011.

Seeking the American Dream – Fort Lauderdale Beach

Text & Photographs by Jeremy Wade Shockley

Foreign visitors, American tourist, students and local residents all seek to full fill an ideal long established with the American vision of surf and sand. A classic image of fitness, relaxation, and lifestyle all blend together as each individual pursues their personal role, seeking their own dream in the Florida surf, set against aging palms and retro architecture, established in a past era, the dream continues on.

Ed Richardson works for a contract company paid by the city of Fort Lauderdale, setting up shade structures. Richardson is a Florida local. College students work for NOVA patrolling the beach, interning with an organization that helps facilitate the protection of nesting turtles along the populated coastline. Two young girls take a break from schoolwork and their neighboring community to catch a tan on the city beach – a favorite among local youth. Bob Amis scours the ocean floor for lost treasure during an annual vacation from his Midwestern home state of Oklahoma. “I helped find a man’s gold wedding band yesterday, he said, “ I always try to return things I find to their owners”. Weekend mornings are filled with the sounds of heckling on a seaside basketball court, the players come together weekly to compete. A group of Colombian women celebrate a birthday on the beach with friends and family. A friendly atmosphere, and an eclectic mix of cultural diversity proves that the idyllic beach still has the alluring power of if origins, which are now only visible in the aging coastline. Life fills the scene.

Steel & Steam.

Photograph © Jeremy Wade Shockley 2011.

I have been working on the Durango-Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad as a long term project since returning to my home in the San Juan Mountains, almost five years ago. I came across this image today while working on my archive…another ongoing project with no visible end! I choose to highlight this particular shot because I feel that it embodies the essence of what I hope to portray by photographing the railroad in the first place…a sense of timelessness.

There will certainly be more posts on this subject as I collect my images…and my thoughts!

Please keep checking in…Best, Jeremy

Lesotho: A Nation Looking Forward.

Photographs Jeremy Wade Shockley 2010.

The Mountain Kingdom of Lesotho is on the road to progress. A road that is without a doubt going to be long and rocky. As with almost every developing country around the world there are growing pains. A difficult balance must be struck as any nation progresses; environment vs industry, traditions vs globalization, and tourism as an emerging economy. I have seen this in my travels across Africa and Latin America; East Germany was facing it’s own similar struggles just ten years ago but on a much different scale.

The images above are representative of Lesotho in many ways. The Spiral Aloe; Lesotho’s national plant is sacred to many and sought after by those who might turn a few dollars at the market. Protection is in place but rarely regulated. The plant is one of natures certain wonders; a cactus of rare beauty.

The second image of Peace Corps volunteers washing away their own worries at Malealea Falls is a key representation of tourism and the possibilities associated with this recently introduced economy. The lodge that serves to bring tourism to this remote area is run by white settlers who have made the Mountain Kingdom their home and employee Basotho as caretakers of the guest ranch. Young and old gain profit from working as guides, stable hands, cooks and musicians. The country is brimming with untapped opportunities for tourism. If implemented correctly this would create an income for even some of the most remote communities in years to come.

The third photograph is indicative of two things, often intertwined. Small business and sustainability. A solar cooker, in this case a bread cooker, is being polished by its proprietor at a trade school. Although an expensive purchase for many, in a country of little per capita, this invention can generate enough bread in a single morning to support a small family, and if used consistently it can also drastically reduced the carbon footprint in a country with fuel scarcity and abundant sunshine.

I hope that my thoughts in this post are readable. I hope to return to Lesotho in the near future in an effort to make images that go beyond culture and portraiture; imagery that can be published around the globe creating a certain impact to its viewers. Creating positive change through imagery. I hope to bring awareness to those outside of the small Mountain Kingdom in an effort to create hope and a better future for those whose livelihoods are tied to the fate of a nation.

To learn how to help the Basotho people please visit Friends of

As photographers and journalist, we are all aware that imagery has helped to create change in recent history-perhaps now more than ever. Take a moment to give me your thoughts. Can we directly better the lives or environments of those we photograph through pictures? ….and if so how?

Feel free to share your thoughts, your projects! Have a great weekend.

Kind regards, Jeremy

River of the Lost Souls.

Photographs © Jeremy Wade Shockley 2009. All Rights Reserved.

A cold snap dropped the colors early this fall as our train cars rocked back and forth on their slow ascent up the canyon. Following the Animas River into the granite cliffs above Durango and into the Weminuche wilderness.

The warm light that poured into the closed train cars was as welcome as the warm coffee in our hands.

The river below runs through rock cut from centuries of runoff, turned an iridescent green by the minerals it carries with it. The coal powered train steams forward, unaffected by the change of seasons, loss of fall foliage or the years which have redefined it’s very purpose.