Self-portrait. Chicago, 2007 


Valerie J. Cochran has been in love with the magic of photography ever since she was a young girl in Missouri shooting Polaroids of her family. Her street and documentary images today explore the relationship between people and places in the urban landscape. Here she shares only film photography with various 35mm, disposable, and toy cameras. Post-processing is minimal as she strives to get it right in the camera.


Ms. Cochran’s photographs have appeared in exhibitions as well as in print publications such as JPG Magazine, The Shakey Photo Project and CineSource. Her work has also been featured in online publications including the BBC, Flak Photo, SFist, and PetaPixel. A self-published photo book your waitress | 2004-2005 was released in 2007.


In 2004, Ms. Cochran began the photoblog, your waitress, while living in Berkeley, California. Since this journey began she has also lived in Oakland, California, and Kansas City, Missouri. Currently, she resides in Austin, Texas with a rescued cat named Yoda.


You can support this site by donating directly, buying a photo book or contacting Ms. Cochran to purchase a print. Thank you to all who have visited or supported this photographic journey over the years. It would not exist without you.


“A few times I have almost been hit by cars, usually taxis. That may be my doom one day – stepping off a curb while trying to focus a shot and being run over by a taxi.” — from the PetaPixel interview, 2009.




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