My name is Miguel Valencia and I am documentary/street photographer with an obsession for capturing the epidemics in gangs, drugs, prostitution, and the homeless within the margins of South and South East San Diego, where these lifestyles influence dread and consume many communities here. My vision is to bring awareness, inspire and tell the stories about people really living those lifestyles, and for many of them to be heard because not too many of these persons in my captures will be alive or incarcerated. I don’t use anything fancy partly because of costs. However, I shoot with a Nikon D5300 and upgraded to an 18-200mm lens, and a strapped backpack for my camera.
I explore different and dangerous parts of town. Sometimes, I have trespassed, and most of the time my captures are edgy because of whom I was introduced to or people I have met. However, it is all exciting and gives for unique perspective of reality at its finest.
I believe that readers want to see this kind of photography because it is something they don’t see or hear about. They also get a glimpse into something up close and personal. They’d want to know these stories I have yet to write about, especially in San Diego.