Los Angeles-based street photographer Valerie J. Bower shoots with the knowledge of an insider, which shows in her ability to personalize her subjects and tell the broader story of the very proud subcultures and social communities. Bower’s photos emulate the visceral experience of walking down a South-Central LA street, capturing the city’s bouncing lights, unique characters, and the crazy scenes that unfold before your eyes.

From behind her Minolta x-700 film camera she shoots photos that host a dialogue about the importance of documentary images, the way they inform and enlighten people, the way they enhance memory, and all of the numerous emotions you experience from looking at them.

For more from Valerie J. Bower follow her on Instagram. Purchase her Watts zine at the amadeus shop.