Keisha Raines

Museum worker & art writer.

Greetings From L.A.: Low Riders and Punks by Street Photographer Valerie J. Bower

Low rider shows at night. Punk rock shows in backyards in East L.A. Guys skating in San Pedro. Street photographer Valerie J. Bower presents views of L.A. that will never be featured in a travel blog. Predominantly black and white and always in film, Valerie provides a no bull shit view of the city. To make sense of Valerie’s photos you have to know where she came from. She grew up in Wilmington, a neighborhood in LA’s harbor region. She was introduced to the lowrider scene by an older brother that was in a car club.

With a camera in a hand she photographed the spirit of car shows and found her niche. She has since branched out and continues to explore her neighborhood with authenticity and personality. Images are at times slightly blurred and create a dream like character. The photographs give outsiders with an intimate view of people and places they may never be able to see. In the ever-changing urban landscape that is L.A. and as more and more parts become quickly gentrified, long-time residents attempt to react and readjust to the shift. Work like Valerie’s preserve the memories of these neighborhood. To venture into her world, check out her zines and follow her on Instagram.

Keisha Raines

Museum worker & art writer.