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Jeff Valdez USA
Greetings, friends! Welcome to my Gallery. I was born and raised in the small town of San Luis, the oldest town in Colorado. I grew up on a farm surrounded by all the things that go into ranching and farming, spending a lot of time with my brothers and sisters, and growing up with my parents and my grandparents, where I learned the true values of life. I left home when I was 13 years old to go to a private school. It was a shock only going home once a month to visit my parents and family, but it made me stronger for the journey I would take later on in life. I learned how to play guitar while I was at this school and that kept me focused all my years in school. I did not start singing until my 3rd year of high school, thanks to a music teacher that pushed me to try to sing. I thought she was crazy , but I was bitten by the bug and soon found out that my music had a way of taking me places I never thought were possible. My first year of college, I was accepted in the prestigious Adams State Choir, and we toured Russia and many other countries. My music became a way of life for over four decades. I entertained as a solo artist from local "honky tonks" for tips, to entertaining our troops in South Korea where I did 4 tours 120 shows per tour. I now have my own personal recording studio, which I really enjoy as a singer-songwriter. I have traveled around the world entertaining people from all walks of life with my music, and I also had a passion for photography from a young age. That was an expensive hobby for a young night club musician, because survival was the name of the game, in those early days. All that changed for me with the age of digital photography. One day a friend let me try his digital camera, out and that was the beginning. I then bought my own first digital camera and what a game changer that was for me! I have been learning to improve my photographic skills since that very day, and have never looked back. I am now enrolled In the AWAKE 2017 class with Sebastian Michaels, a true master of photographic art .This class has kick-started my determination to create better art. I hope you enjoy my images. This is the beginning of a new journey for me.