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Police officer uses camera to shine light on KC's darkest areas

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Maj. Rich Lockhart is a 23-year veteran of the Kansas City Police Department.  He spends his days protecting, then once the sun goes down, he revisits some of the cities darkest areas to capture their beauty. Maj. Rich Lockhart is a 23-year veteran of the Kansas City Police Department. He spends his days protecting, then once the sun goes down, he revisits some of the cities darkest areas to capture their beauty.
KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

There is a metro police officer who has found a way to shine a positive light on some of the city's darkest areas, and he is armed with a camera instead of a gun.

Maj. Rich Lockhart is a 23-year veteran of the Kansas City Police Department. He spends his days protecting, then once the sun goes down, he revisits some of the city's darkest areas to capture their beauty.

"I think being a police officer, you are more observant of your surroundings, and that is what gives me some of my inspiration when I do take pictures after I'm not working," Lockhart said.

He gets out of the office quite a bit and drives to a lot of places most people don't go, like the forgotten and abandoned places.

"It is like going back in time almost," Lockhart said.

He has recently been itching to shoot an alley in the West Bottoms. Landscapes and architecture inspire him. He looks for line, texture and color.

"It is something that can really add character to your picture," he said.

Once the sun goes down, he revisits the city's darkest areas, capturing the metro's historic beauty.

"About an hour after sunset, the sky gets really deep, dark blue, and you can't really see it until you capture it in a photograph," Lockhart said.

He hopes his portraits show people the peaceful beauty that remains in some of the areas hit hardest by crime and violence.

"It is a very spiritual experience for me. You are capturing a moment, and for me, you capture a lot of things people don't see ... you capture it and preserve it for all time," he said.

People can see his photos up close at this year's Art Westport show this weekend. He will be sitting in booth 125.

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