ROGER RICHARDSON

Roger Richardson is a photographer based in the Hudson Valley New York. In 2017, he received his BFA in photography from SUNY Purchase. Working in a documentary style, his work primarily involves engaging in communities, focusing on the everyday. His hopes aren’t to use photography as a way to fully understand the world, but as an entryway in which he can honestly connect with the world around him.


PROJECT SPOTLIGHT: Let Me Sow Love

2017 – present

Let Me Sow Love is a direct result of the growing sociopolitical and racial divide in the United States. As a firm believer in social and political progress, I feel as though we’ve lost our footing on the path towards change and growth. As an artist of color, I feel an unbearable need to document this growing divide. A culture of anxiety and fear has spread rampantly over the place I call home. Rather than actively searching for evidence of the divide, I chose to take a more meditative approach to in making these photos. Realizing photography can be used as a tool for emotional healing, self-reflection, and mindfulness. In some ways, these photos are a culmination of different things I am trying to keep hold of in turbulent times. In other ways, the work functions as a way for me to stay connected to a world that I’ve grown extremely wary towards.

© Roger Richardson

© Roger Richardson


When and where did Let Me Sow Love begin?

Let Me Sow Love is a direct result of the growing sociopolitical and racial divide in the United States. As a firm believer in social and political progress, I feel as though we’ve lost our footing on the path towards change and growth. As an artist of color, I feel an unbearable need to document this growing divide. A culture of anxiety and fear has spread rampantly over the place I call home. Rather than actively searching for evidence of the divide, I chose to take a more meditative approach to in making these photos. Realizing photography can be used as a tool for emotional healing, self-reflection, and mindfulness. In some ways, these photos are a culmination of different things I am trying to keep hold of in turbulent times. In other ways, the work functions as a way for me to stay connected to a world that I’ve grown extremely wary towards.

Where do you see this project going?

I don’t see this project ending anytime soon. I don’t want to pressure myself to make deadlines for this body of work because it’s so personal. The world is also always changing and with that my feelings will also change, so I think it’ll be very interesting to see how things evolve. I would love to see these images in book form when all is said and done.

What helps you sustain your current creative practice?

I work as a product photographer for a music store based in New York. I’m in a very privileged position to use photography in some way to make a living. Other than work, I love to collect books (photo books and other kinds of literature), watch movies, listen to music, and watch soccer. Most of my creative ideas come from the material I read or the music I listen to. I think photography pairs beautifully with text and sound. I also have a great support system of friends who I graduated with and other artists that I have met through social media. Keeping up to date with the important work they are making keeps me so inspired.

What’s next for you?

I’m currently working through ideas for a new project. I’ve been interested in storytelling through images lately. I want to create a body of work that is fictional. Something that is rooted in reality but allows for some creative subjectivity. My favorite form of literature is novellas, and I would love to have a body of work that has the same feel and pace as novella. It’s very early days but I’m excited to work on something new. I’m also considering applying to grad school in a few years, but I want to grow more as a person and artist before committing to anything.

What other artists should we be keeping an eye on?: 

There are so many great photographers that inspire me! Judith Joy Ross, Alessandra Sanguinetti, Vanessa Winship, Mark Steinmetz, Dawoud Bey, Dana Lixenberg, Robert Bergman, Consuelo Kanaga, Keith Carter, Katsu Naito, and William Gedney are untouchable in my eyes.

Also a few of my friends who are making very important work are; Sean Sirota, Christopher Postlewaite, Giovanni Urgelles, Kelsey Sucena, Maximum Russell, Daisy Padilla, Michelle Garcia,  Skyler Maggiore, Robert Wagoner, Grace Tyson, Ally Caple, Ilana Jade Roth, Giancarlo Montes, Gianna Sergovich, Lucie Murphy, Kovi Konowiecki, Morganna Magee, Casey Robertson, Liz Sanders, Harry Lawlor, and Max Miechowski.


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