|R I C H A R D N E S B I T
|T The need to share with others the life that I witness has always been a
part of my communicative nature and the desire to improve upon life’s
imperfections…an inner longing.
Richard’s innate talent for photography was uncovered as a child where he
would document family trips and gather family and friends to pose for him.
For play, Richard would photograph his sister and cousin. Defining a theme
of the day, with different costumes and locations, he would create a series
with his photos which today we call a “collection”. He was a natural visionary
with his lens.
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Through the years and during college, Richard’s creative spirit led him into
acting, singing and journalism. He was still having fun with the camera yet
there wasn’t a focus on any one creative endeavor. At that time enjoying all
of them provided the unknown necessity to nurture his emotional and spiritual
expression…and to share that with others.
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It was Christmas in 1983 when Richard received a Canon AE-1 as a gift from
his parents. To this day, this camera is one of the best ever created and in
almost 20 years has lost no value. Still just a hobby to Richard, the true
relationship with his camera didn’t begin for another 22 years.
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In 2005, Richard took a Habitat for Humanity trip to Romania where he
worked with friends and family to help improve the lives of a low income family
by renovating their apartment. The experience was so profound that the
“need” to document and share it with others was rekindled. The hobby was
retired and his true passion for photography was born.
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Documenting the trip to Romania was his main goal. Like many true artists,
he had no idea that the photos he brought back would inspire a website,
result in personal collectors purchasing his work and the sales of his photos
at various charity events. A friend had referred Richards work to the CEO of
a major corporate headquarters which resulted in a permanent art installation
with 100 canvases purchased. Effortlessly, his photos speak for themselves,
a joy and a rarity.
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“If I were to categorize my work, it would probably be termed ‘street
photography’. My personal technique is to take my camera with me wherever
I decide to explore and photograph the beautiful, poignant and amusing
visions that I encounter.”
- Richard Nesbit