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Thought-Provokers in the South Bay

LA has always had an artistic soul.  The culture and heritage of our city, like most great cities, owes a tremendous debt to the arts community.  Supporting local art is something we care deeply about and we’d like to do everything we can to help the local arts community thrive.  Unfortunately, too often media attention is monopolized by corporate interests and tabloid gossip – but culture doesn’t come from a focus on celebrity breakups it comes from a focus on the arts.

Below, you’ll find some incredible artists from in and around the South Bay that we hope you will check out, follow and support.

Enrique Manzano

I feel that capturing a moment in a photograph is like holding onto that place and time forever; in a world where time knows no rest, I think that photography is as close as I can get to holding onto that moment. Read more>>

Erik Jon Pedersen

Living overseas has also been a great resource for capturing photos that I would not have had the chance to otherwise. I’ve always been excited to capture moments that you can look back on. Of course being an enginer, I love the technology in photography. Read more>>

Lauren Fowles

I’ve always been attracted to art, especially visual art. Whether it is painting, drawing, or photography, I’ve always been mesmerized by images with good composition, interesting color palettes, and captivating subjects. Read more>>

Bo Bridges

Bo Bridges, who has been shooting for over 20 years, has been dubbed by Elite Daily as the “World’s Most Badass Photographer,” and ESPN has touted his portfolio as a “pyramid wall filled with iconic pieces of history.” Read more>>

Hung Viet Nguyen

When I was a kid, I dreamed to become an artist, or a sailor, or a forest ranger. I guess I didn’t do good in school. During 6th grade, there was a writing essay; the topic was “What do you want to be when you grow up?” and my reply was to be an artist. Read more>>

Michael Petow

Through painting I started to realize I felt better and a lot of the mental cloudiness went away. Painting then became a tool for psychological transformation and helped by raising my consciousness thru recovery. Read more>>

Rochelle Botello

I have always been fascinated with blurring the lines between the real and the imagined. As far back as I can remember I liked to pretend, make up stories and draw. As a teenager I fell in love with hearing other people’s stories, and so I studied Sociology. Read more>>

Rahil Taj

It all started in high school when I was given advice by the art program teacher to continue to the next course and take the Architecture/Design Class. I ended up falling in love with the program. I was very good at thinking/building in 3D form and won best overall design. Read more>>

Erin Delsigne

On the first day of class, my professor handed me a 35mm film camera which had been beaten to hell over the many years of use. Despite its rough appearance, holding the camera in my hands for the first time triggered something inside of me. Read more>>

Shannon Howard

I will try to be as brief as possible, but my journey into life as a photographer is honestly a fairly long story of dreams and timing with a lot of twists and turns, haha. Hopefully it’s worth the read if it inspires someone else who’s also in the middle of a roundabout voyage to finding and chasing their passion! Read more>>

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