Central Valley Portraits is an intimate photographic experiment currently in development. It will comprise a series of still images paired with poetic ruminations that reflect on facets of everyday life in the open fields and changing urban landscapes of Merced, California. It will open as an exhibition at the Multicultural Arts Center in Merced, CA August 2021.


Yehuda Sharim explores place, community, and family. Sharim’s camera traces migratory paths of birds traveling in mass at sunrise and sunset, stumbles across abject detritus that marks a life once lived and now forgotten, and peers into quiet moments shared by strangers who become neighbors. ©2021 Sharim Studio, All Rights Reserved

The Valley of Bare Wings

I keep returning to the birds/ It may be my way of staying in flight/ Reminding myself of days without masks/ Reminding myself of my own (migratory) wings/ Matters feel incomplete right now/I am with the birds of the Valley/ The Valley of Open Eyes/ The Valley of Bare Wings/ The Valley Exhausted Life and Unexhausted Souls/ The Central Valley/ I am with the birds
The Valley of Mothers
The Valley of Numbness
The Valley of Empty Carts
The Valley of Vacant Rooms
The Valley of Everything