Street photography in Los Angeles can be difficult. The metro area is huge, over 4,500 square miles. People don’t walk, they drive everywhere-in impossible traffic.
Because most residents live in suburban areas, they have to drive (through that impossible traffic) to most areas with any real street life. That’s why in such a large city you find only a few hearty souls like David Valera regularly shooting on the streets.
David Valera, a native Angelino, discovered street photography a few years ago while vacationing in Turkey. He’s been hooked ever since. He’s one of those dedicated souls who ventures many miles through the concrete jungle to his favorite street spot, Downtown LA. There he wanders the streets in search of his next photo.
As a professional cinematographer in Hollywood’s animation industry, David has a trained eye for light and composition. He uses these skills to help him quickly recognize and capture good subject matter.
David is also a student of street photography. He’s an avid collector of books on the subject, which he uses to study the masters and more recent photographers.
Listen to our interview with David Valera in Issue 9 of Street Photography Magazine.