Shorey turned his lens to both work and play. Shopkeepers in their stores, loggers in the woods, town streets, mountain trails, parades, carnivals, and other grand events, floods and other calamities – all garnered his attention. While portraits were not his specialty, people, and people in their natural environments, were of interest to him, so his work includes weddings, family gatherings, and sports teams.
Shorey doubtless did not suspect it when he took his photographs, but many of his humble snapshots have become significant historical artifacts, recording life, work and play in northern New Hampshire a century ago. We benefit today from his curiosity and diligence.