June 3 – August 26, 2021
Reception: Thursday, June 10 from 5:00-7:00 p.m.
The Road I Call Home
For over 35 years I have explored the art of portraiture and I am still mesmerized by photography just like when I got my first camera at 15. It’s a love affair that not only endured, but has grown as an essential part of my being. I am more in awe of photography as an art form each day.
As a photographer and filmmaker, I have always been intrigued by the fact that each and every person is a one-of-a-kind original – a never before created miracle. This simple, yet complex truth, “we are ALL original miracles” is the creative seed that flames my passion for photography and represents the connecting thread with all of my work. Over the years, I have photographed thousands upon thousands of people, across America and around the world, propelled by an infinite fascination and commitment as a photographic artist to capture the miracle of each person – the ‘ones’ on this planet of over 7 billion. I am finding that after all of these many years, of tending to my relationship between me and this thing called a camera that I am artistically driven more and more by people and their stories. With my photography, no matter the walk of life, I strive to present each ‘one’ in an authentic, no frills manner as to truly relay their inherent beauty, uniqueness and value. With the narratives, I provide the accepting, safe place, so each person can truthfully share their raw, unfiltered story. In the end, I hope the work will punch people in the heart and help create positive change, new understandings of humanity and connection within our world. This is my mission.
The Road I Call Home is a powerfully direct extension of my mission – portraits that reveal their special qualities and dignity versus stereotypical attitudes and perceptions society commonly has of homelessness and often presented by the media. The impetus for this approach relates directly to my own life – I was guilty of being negative and uncompassionate towards the homeless. Yes, I judged the book by the cover; however as I opened the pages of each homeless person’s life I saw the enlightening truth – homeless people are important ‘ones’ in this world of 7 billion and deserve love and compassion.
The Road I Call Home represents my most ambitious single project to date. What began as a small idea to photograph a handful of homeless people now stands at over 170 homeless lives recorded via portraits, stories and short films. The Road I Call Home continues its path as we push forward
chronicling more of our homeless friends’ lives. The project has been exhibited at numerous museums and galleries, including several states, with more being planned. A corresponding coffee table art book for The Road I Call Home was published in 2021.
Now decades into photography, I often smile, knowing I am still that geeky 15-year-old kid that fell in love with the camera, and through photography also fell in love with.Randy Bacon Slideshow by Intern