We’re back with our Visual Relay segment! This week we’re sharing the videography/ photography of Michel Valdes.
Michel is a Middle School Special Education Teacher in Los Angeles by day but has been constantly shooting shows up and down the west coast and across the US for his web zine videoprotozoa.tumblr.com, as well as printing up traditional zines on the side.
Starting back in the late 90’s and early 2000s, Michel dove into documenting his experiences after being heavily involved in bootlegging through band forums and community boards. Trading tapes and VHS videos was a way to not only share the excitement he had over a particular band but also tap into a specific concert going experience somewhere far from home. After a hiatus from the community, he got back into it and started up Videoprotozoa, a video web zine. The photography started to become a focus last year… “I was shooting mostly video exclusively but every once in a while I ‘d snap a photo here and there. I’ve started to push some more buttons and settings on my camera and learning about light but for the most part, still not really sure what I’m doing…”
Next up for Michel is to head back to the swamp for Total Punk’s TFO 3… “last year was a blast and Predator is playing again so that might be a no-brainer. I still want to shoot a mini video of riding on greyhound buses and being in greyhound stations.” Other upcoming plans include keeping up with all the local shows LA constantly has to offer, the Bay Area scene this summer and Seattle’s Pizza Fest and Olympia HC Fest in August.
Stay up to date with Michel’s work HERE.