a performance by Rupi Kaur

our backs
tell stories
no books have
the spine
to carry

Women of Color
       -- Rupi Kaur

Rupi Kuar delivered a powerful and delightful performance last night at Pomona College. The Toronto based writer spoke to an attentive student body and faculty about being a woman of color, trauma, and healing. Ms. Kaur read pieces from her latest milk and honey which is available at the Huntley Bookstore located on the college campus. 


Valerie J. Bower: Book Now Available

Now Available online and or at Mirrored Society Bookstore. 
Me & You By Valerie Jocelyn
Limited Edition of 25

I’ve always made something from nothing. When you don’t have a lot, you’re forced to become creative. The images I take are shot on a Minolta X700 SLR camera that my dad found at a swap meet, a Ricoh point and shoot camera I bought for five dollars at a thrift store, and filters also found at a thrift store. I started shooting with rolls of film I uncovered in a box at a 99 Cent store. Since then, I’m still buying “cheap” film, the lowest priced black and white film I could buy from B&H.

The people and places I photograph also represent “something from nothing”. Growing up in Wilmington, there is not a lot of light at the end of the tunnel, only neighborhoods surrounded by junk yards, warehouses, and refineries; divided into gang territories. After a few years of shooting subjects and themes of what I felt people expected to see, I decided to turn the camera inward and shoot what I know and show the beauty of everyday life in the neighborhood.

The photos in “Me & You” are images of the underrepresented areas of Los Angeles. All shot in my hometown of Wilmington, and similar neighborhoods from South Central to Long Beach, and everywhere in between. “Me & You”, inspired by the song of the same name by Brenton Wood, is an homage to these neighborhoods. A love letter dedicated to all the people living in or coming from areas like these. In my work, I hope they can feel some pride and nostalgia to remind them of home, regardless of where they come from, it is beautiful no matter what people say.

-Valerie J. Bower

Valerie J. Bower 2016 

Valerie J. Bower 2016 

206 W. Bonita Ave.
Claremont CA 91711