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

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Vietnam: New work from Steve Conney, travel photographer.

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Photograph © Steve Conney 2014. All Rights Reserved.

Travel photographer Steve Conney’s gallery of recent images from Vietnam can be seen HERE. Steve has photographed cultures and landscapes from across the globe, recently being recognized with a Best of Color and Excellence award in the Open Shutter Gallery’s annual juried competition.

I have mentored Steve over the last five years in photography, editing his images while also honing in on his own stylistic approach to photography. Covering digital workflow and Adobe Lightroom in the process! Steve’s travels have taken him to photograph bears in Alaska, gorillas in Uganda, while also immersing himself in the cultures of Croatia, Nepal and Bhutan!

Steve works hard to get off the beaten path and experience the less traveled roads when shooting abroad…the proof is in his images! – Enjoy, 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!