Riding the Rails to Chama: Historic Cumbres & Toltec.

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Chama Pass | Photograph © Jeremy Wade Shockley

One of my favorite assignments from 2016 was shot for New Mexico Magazine, covering the historic Cumbres & Toltec narrow gauge railroad as it made its way from Antonito, Colorado to the Chama Depot in Northern New Mexico!

Cumbres & Toltec Image Gallery

Americana on Rails — We traveled through the high desert, crisscrossing the State Line and winding our way over snow covered passes and into the small community of Chama, NM. I’ve often traveled via train, from the highlands of Ecuador to the open plains of Tanzania, this Western route over Chama Pass will remain as one of my favorites!

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Cumbres & Toltec | Photograph © Jeremy Wade Shockley

Big Thanks to my editors Edie Dillman, Dave Herndon, Stephen and Kate! The feature was published in the September, 2016 issue of New Mexico Magazine.

Read the full story by Kate Nelson!

New Mexico Magazine

Conductor Ray Martinez, Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad.

Conductor Ray Martinez | Photograph © Jeremy Wade Shockley

 

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Life and Land: American Cowboy Magazine.

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American Cowboy Magazine

Excited for the recent publication of my essay on New Mexico ranchers in American Cowboy, representing family traditions and the intrinsic relationship between life and land in the American West.

“We need to regard the landscape with respect,” Shockley says. “After all, it shaped the culture of the West. You can’t have one without the other. I want people to see that through my work, particularly if they’ve never been to the American West.”

Extremely grateful to my editors, Eva and Lauren, for thier enthusiasm and dedication to this feature, it was a great pleasure seeing these images come together on the pages of American Cowboy.

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American Cowboy Magazine

“In this series of photographs, Shockley trains his lens on the historic San Cristobal Ranch of Northern New Mexico, where multiple generations uphold cowboy traditions and manage the land. The inextricable relationship between life and land is a connection that inspires much of Shockley’s work.”

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American Cowboy Magazine

The essay titled Life and Land is published under the Frontiers section of the Dec/Jan 2017 issue of American Cowboy magazine.

Chaco Canyon: Capture to Print — Upcoming photography workshop in conjunction with Santa Fe Photographic Workshops —New Mexico.

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Chaco Culture National Historic Park is home to one of the richest concentrations of pueblos in the American Southwest. Pueblo Bonito, the centerpiece of this vast archeological site, is considered one of the most iconic landmarks of the American Southwest, and a rigorous climb up the narrow canyon trail rewards you with panoramic views of the New Mexico high desert.

Join documentary photographer Jeremy Wade Shockley, who has been photographing the American West for more than a decade, for a photographic expedition to Chaco Canyon. Jeremy shares his in-depth knowledge of Chaco and guides you in using natural light and creating striking compositions to truly capture the essence of this Unesco World Heritage Site.

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We spend the first three days of this five-day workshop camping in the stunning beauty of remote Chaco Canyon. Each day is filled with desert hikes and careful exploration of the many pueblos located inside the park, seeking to portray the essence of Chaco through our photographs. Professional outfitters provide our basic camping gear and meals during our time in the field.

For our final two days, we return to Santa Fe and The Workshop’s state-of-the-art digital lab, where we review and organize your new images using Adobe Photoshop Lightroom. Selecting your best photographs, we create masterful final prints showcasing our Chaco Canyon experience.

Don’t miss this one-of-a-kind workshop celebrating the archeological legacy of Northern New Mexico, where shadow and light play across Ancestral Puebloan architecture.

Sign up now by following the link below!

https://santafeworkshops.com/workshop/chaco_canyon_capture_to_print/

Hope to see you there! Best, Jeremy

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 Photograph © Jeremy Wade Shockley 2016.

Pilgrimage to Chimayo: New Mexico Magazine Instagram Takeover

Final Frame. Thank you for following along this weekend on the Official New Mexico Magazine Instagram feed @newmexicomag as we explored the culture of Northern New Mexico and the annual pilgrimage to Chimayo — Much appreciated! 

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Modesto Martinez turns 90 in April. He makes the pilgrimage to El Santuario de Chimayó each year from his home in Española.

See the rest of Jeremy Wade Shockley’s photos from the Easter pilgrimage on Instagram: @newmexicomag.

Visit New Mexico Magazine online.

Riding into the high desert…

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Northern New Mexico. Photograph © Jeremy Wade Shockley 2015. All Rights Reserved.

Heading out east next week…sleeping in my own bed tonight. Feels good to be home. Santa Fe last week, and Flagstaff, Arizona before that. Those great western roads stretch out before me.

The momentum feels good. Summer has finally arrived. I don’t want to miss it though! The rivers and streams filled to their banks, the forests – green and fertile.

Shooting, writing, bringing new ideas and direction to the table every day…looking ahead. Rachel has taken the plunge to work from home, freelance writing, teaching and ultimately helping me further the photographic life for us. We are on this epic journey together…the open road lies ahead! Our passports close at hand.

Next week is the infamous Look3 Festival of the Photograph. Inspiration. Fuel. It’s my first time out to Charlottesville and I am full of anticipation, camera ready.

I belive that hard work, an open mind and kindness can lead us to our goals in this life…a life well lived. The unexpected around each corner. Our dreams realized.

Dream big I say!

Abrazos, Jeremy

Photographing the American West…

Photographing the American West...

Photograph © Jeremy Wade Shockley 2014. All Rights Reserved.

Photographing the vast expanses on the American West over the past decade has taught me many things…one of those lessons is to never pass up an opportunity.

I pulled off the road last week just outside of the Jicarilla Indian Reservation to make this image as a spring storm was blowing out across the valley floor. I am pleased with the images I made, and thankful that I made the decision to turn around. On any other day I might have just kept driving…

The western landscape is vast, many miles of blacktop stretch out between each assignment, I am often covering those miles with purpose, bound for a location. But on this day the agenda was wide open, my wife Rachel was with me and together we set out to explore our route south into New Mexico, the scenic route!

Roads trips. Too often I look out across the horizon and see something in a certain light, people working, storms approaching and say to myself I must return to this…soon. Unfortunately as with all photography, those moments are fleeting, and more importantly the West is so vast that returning is often unlikely.

Take the shot, make the time pull down that dirt road, don’t regret the moment!

Finally I will also add that even though some things seem timeless, I have come back to find an entire barn gone, old trucks moved after decades, and animal no longer out to pasture, never to return. Nothing is forever, even in the American West.

Storms roll in, seasons change, as do the cultures of the landscape before us…Carpe Diem!

This week I am taking over the Instagram account at PRISM Photographers, covering the landscape and culture of Santa Fe, New Mexico. Follow @prismphotographers

This week I am taking over the Instagram Feed at PRISM Photographers, covering the landscape and culture of Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Chris sits in his 1956 Chevrolet, waiting…he keeps a tattered image of the same pickup, taken years ago, tucked into his sun visor, a testament to another time.

If your on Instagram be sure to login and follow @prismphotogrpahers or visit PRISM online right HERE!

Best, Jeremy