By Ted Holteen
Arts & Entertainment Editor
The journeys of Durango's globe-trotting shutterbugs are on display for all to see at the Open Shutter Gallery, but if
that conjures up images of a slide show of your cousins' latest trip to Disney World, fear not.
Travel" includes nearly 200 photos by 90 amateur and professional photographers, all of whom live in Durango or
nearby. It's the ninth annual community exhibit at the downtown gallery which usually showcases the work of some of the
most renowned photographers in the world - but usually just one or two of them at a time.
It's an open invitation which makes for an interesting show because it's so broad. There's a huge array of travel
experiences because obviously people around here like to travel," said Julia Klema, a sales associate at Open Shutter
who helped hang the show on a quick turnaround this week in time for tonight's opening reception.
Because of advances in digital photography technology - we've come a long way since Instamatics and Kodak Brownies -
even the rawest of amateurs can pull off near-professional grade results, and the walls will be cluttered with
high-quality examples of accidental" success.
Others, like Southern Ute Drum staff photographer Jeremy Wade Shockley, are using the community exhibit as an
opportunity to ply their craft for fun instead of work.
Shockley's two submissions for the exhibit are from his seven-nation trek across southern Africa in 2005 after he left
the Peace Corps.
I took that time in the Peace Corps to solidify my commitment to photojournalism," Shockley said. There's no better
way to really be in a community than by living in the community, and there's no better way to tell those stories than
from behind a camera."
Travel" is a short-lived show by Open Shutter standards; the gallery's exhibits typically stay hung for a month or
two, but the community exhibit will close Jan. 20 to make way for the photography of Rahleh Zomorrodinia.