The Red Herring is a photographic tale about love and desire. Inspired by female heroines from classic fairy tales, fiction and mythology, Val creates a narrative of cinematic landscapes, portraits and still lives. Using the color RED as a metaphor and common thread throughout the story, each image serves as a clue to unlocking the happy ending to her own personal modern day fairy tale.
I am an avid admirer of Leonardo Da Vinci and his masterpiece, The Mona Lisa: the most recognized, referenced and iconic painting in the world. I spent two years creating photo shoots with my friends and contemporary artists, dressing them up in costume as famous female figures while positioning them in the triangular Mona Lisa pose. I selected my favorite characters from fairy tales, cartoons, music, movies, television, history and politics, and captured them with the same mysterious Mona Lisa smile. The result is a typology series of formally posed portraits, shot against single toned backgrounds, with a simple yet vividly saturated color palette in each image. Inspired by Leonardo Da Vinci, Andy Warhol and various female icons, The Mona Lisa Project is my photographic tribute to the most famous painting in the world. I have had a lifelong fascination with the Mona Lisa and wanted to explore the pose, composition, and the iconic expression through photography, humor and history -- and in a sense, bring that enigmatic smile into the twenty first century for new generations to discover.
The Pink Project is a collection of photographs documenting the color pink as a unifying symbol of Strength, Beauty and Hope.
Survivors, Artists, Advocates, Celebrities and all walks of life posed for pink-themed photo shoots to raise funds and awareness for the Los Angeles Breast Cancer Alliance (LABCA) and the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN).
The Morning After
The Night Before
Blue isn't Red
Urban Snapshots + Postcard Vignettes