David Patrick Valera is a professional artist (photographer/digital-cinematographer/cameraman) based in Los Angeles. “I grew up in Silverlake, CA.” Not the Forbes Magazine hippest neighborhood known for an invasion of Teslas, horizontal wood fencing and lumber-sexuals, but the mid-city graffiti urban grit and grime it once was back in the 70’s-80’s.” A latch-key kid, David would jump on his BMX and ride down Sunset Blvd., slaloming around Hollywood street walkers, hair-bands, and the undesirables through the yet to be gentrified regions of Southern California. “Urban life is a part of my upbringing and I always wanted to document those unique, chance moments I came across during my neighborhood expeditions.”
David’s personal projects concentrate on “Street Photography”, which he has exhibited in galleries Internationally and across the Los Angeles region. He has been interviewed and his photographs has been featured in Lens Culture, Street Photography Magazine, LA Times SoCal Moments, Lenscratch, The Candid Frame Showcase and Art Photo Feature.
David is currently an adjunct instructor at Otis College of Art and Design as well as a contributing photographer for L.A. Music Blog and L.A. Record Magazine.
David’s creativity doesn’t stop there, with over 20 years of Academy winning and nominated film credits, he is currently an Artistic Supervisor/Head Cameraman at a major Hollywood Studio.
“I make photographs of life today to share tomorrow.” “Breathe Life, Visualize Emotion”