His photography exhibit “People of the South Bay” has inspired some to call Chad Richardson “Mr. South Bay.”
Though he’s not a South Bay native, he is loving life as a local and has lots to share about his photography process and the stories and subjects that inspire him. Here is a partial transcript.
For me it was like, I’m just going to take my camera and go for a walk. I would go for, like, four or five hour walks and just stopped people that looked interesting to me or I felt there was a story happening. I’d ask them to take their picture. They’d usually say yes, or ask if I can just back away and photograph what they’re doing. Nine times out of 10 people said yes. More and more that became what I wanted to do.
When I started choosing the photos I realized that I was gravitating towards mostly the shots of the real people I had because those stories, they … I try to tell a story in a moment. They all have that moment when you look at it and you go, “There’s so much going on in this picture. You can see the story going on.” That’s what really excited me.
Then, after a week of kind of putting the show together I was like, ‘Everybody here is from the South Bay. This is the people of the South Bay.’ Then, it just kind of became, wow, that’s what it should be. It should be an exhibit of the people of the South Bay. It’s funny because now it’s like I get emails from people. I’ve been called in two or three emails Mr. South Bay now, which is funny to me because I’m not from here originally, but I’ve literally had people call me Mr. South Bay since I’ve done the exhibit. I’ll take that. I like that.”