For those of you who follow my work online, you know that I take photographs of scenes from ordinary life as I walk my dogs early each morning wherever I am. For the past year, I’ve split my time between Redondo Beach and the Arts District in Downtown Los Angeles (for the latter, I share images as @DowntownMuse). It’s been an amazing experience — both communities share some things in common and in more ways than the 20 miles that separate them, they are miles apart. However, just like the Arts District, I have found a community of artists and a place that inspires me every day.
I never imagined how my photography would be in the South Bay until I arrived. Like my work in Downtown Los Angeles, I still shoot as I maneuver my two rambunctious dogs in meandering ways along the streets where I live and work. I shoot the “ordinary” — the commonplace things that attract my attention as I’m walking. I never intend to shoot; i.e., I don’t go out with the goal of photographing. It just happens. Out of the many I take each day, I only share a couple online through my social channels on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook in my online persona as @SouthBayMuse.
Opening on Saturday, November 21, 2015 @ 4-8pm, my photography exhibition “SOUTH BAY MUSE: Snapshots of the South Bay by Melissa Richardson Banks” is on view in Redondo Beach through Thursday, December 31, 2015 in GUS Gallery at GUS Vintage Goods. Located in Riviera Village, the store opened at its location of 209 Avenue I, Redondo Beach, CA 90277 in August 2014.
Store owner, vintage purveyor, and designer Kim Stoneman — who is also a lifelong art aficionado and a former elementary school art teacher — showcases local artists in her GUS Gallery, which is located inside of her popular store.
GUS Gallery in GUS Vintage Goods
209 Avenue I, Redondo Beach, CA 90277
(310) 210-9448 • email@example.com
Open daily 10am-6pm • Closed major holidays