Valérie Berta

Photographer
    
Location: Columbia, MO, U.S.
Nationality: American, French
Biography: Valérie Berta is an international photographer based in the United States. She was born and raised on the Riviera, in the South of France, studied English in Paris and journalism at the University of Missouri­Columbia and worked as a... read on
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Natalia Prats
Credits: valérie berta
Date of Work: 02/01/17 - Ongoing
Updated: 10/26/19
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Natalia Prats, 37, teacher, performer at heart, Columbia, MO, originally from Puerto Rico.
Natalia Prats, 37, maestra y teatrera de corazón, de Puerto Rico. 11/22/17

Cuentan de una niña que creció
Se cortó las raíces y divago
Entre frías corrientes lejanas
Su corazón caribeño se esfumó

Cuentan de una niña que creció
Se enamoró de una idea y olvidó
Las canciones de su infancia
Todas las veredas que caminó

Cuentan que sacrificó
Cuentan que olvidó
Cuentan que no lloró
Cuentan que nunca regresó

Cuentan que en el norte se arrugó
Se hizo estatua
Se congeló
Su sangre antillana se diluyó tanto
Que en el río Missouri se perdió

Cuentan que a su abuelo no lloró
El que le dio la guitarra y la canción
Y las olas ahogaron su ambición
Y en la arena sus huellas no dejó

Cuentan que sacrificó
Cuentan que olvidó
Cuentan que no lloró
Cuentan que nunca regresó.


They talk of a girl who grew up
Tore her roots and billowed away
Towards cold and far away currents in the north
Her Caribbean heart vanished

They talk of a girl who grew up
She fell in love with an idea
And forgot
The songs of her childhood
The trails she walked

They say she sacrificed
They say she forgot
They say she never cried
They say she never returned

She aged
She became a statue
She froze
Her Antillian blood diluted so much
And in the Missouri river she got lost

They say she didn´t mourn her grandfather
He that taught her the guitar and the song
The waves carried her ambitions away
And no footprints were left 

They say she sacrificed
They say she forgot
They say she never cried
They say she never returned.

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Black Lives Matter protests in Columbia, Missouri

By Valérie Berta / Columbia, MO USA
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Radhia Khenissi

By Valérie Berta — Radhia Khenissi, 26, banker, from Columbia, MO, originally from Tunisia. And know that victory comes with..
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Marekka Nickens

By Valérie Berta — Marekka Nickens, 29, elementary school teacher, born and raised in Columbia, MO. 01/19/18 Mother, wife,..
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L. Lou Davis

By Valérie Berta — L. Lou Davis, 43, artist, small business owner, Columbia, MO (originally from Labelle, MO.) I am L. I..
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Nikki McGruder

By Valérie Berta — Nikki McGruder, regional manager for Diversity Awareness Partnership and director of the Journey towards..
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Gretchen Maune

By Valérie Berta — Gretchen Maune, 35, activist, blind, Columbia, MO (originally from Blue Springs, MO.) I suddenly went blind..
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Caitlin Cunningham

By Valérie Berta — Caitlin Cunningham, 35, teacher, queer activist, pansexual and polyamorous, Columbia, MO. 6/25/19 A public..
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The Mudshow Diaries

By Valérie Berta / United States — It's about us. It's about a small circus traveling around the country gathering memories. It's called The..
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The Mudshow Diaries book edit

By Valérie Berta — The photographs in this project were edited by Scott Thode. The Mudshow Diaries: A Journey. It's about..
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Voices Workshop

By Valérie Berta — VOICES Photography Workshop       The Voices photo workshop is a hands-on workshop..
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Dog Portraits

By Valérie Berta / Columbia, Missouri — Portrait packages start at $500 for a two-hour session and a framed 8x10 and four 5x7 prints. Call today
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Real Estate

By Valérie Berta / Columbia, Missouri
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Shelter Animal Portraits

By Valérie Berta / Columbia, Missouri — If you are looking for that special animal in your life please look no further than your local shelter or..
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Leaving Chicago

By Valérie Berta / Chicago, Illinois
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Fun for Thought: School Photos

By Valérie Berta / Columbia, Missouri — Kids, just as they are. School pictures do not have to be boring. They can be pure fun, and joy. And..
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Studio animal portraits

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It's all theater

By Valérie Berta / Columbia, Missouri
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Les Gens du Voyage II

By Valérie Berta / United States
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Les Gens du Voyage

By Valérie Berta / United States — Les Gens du Voyage is a reflection on places seen as we moved through the country, one day at a time, a..
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Behind the Mask

By Valérie Berta / United States — Behind the mask is a portrait series exploring concepts of social identity and visual perception and..
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Behind the Mask

By Valérie Berta — Behind the Mask is the first part of an ongoing portrait project, consisting of portraits of..
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MSExtras

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Untitled

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The Mudshow Diaries Extras

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