“The challenge is not necessarily an easy one. Something I’ve witnessed first hand after decades of photographing, filming, interviewing and interacting with diverse strangers. I’ve been hugged, trusted, and listened to by thousands. I’ve also been screamed at, mocked, criticized, rejected, spit upon, and physically pushed aside. Yet in all, a remarkable result has grown – a proof showcasing the fact that even the slightest thought, word or deed can bridge far beyond bias, misconception, failure or fear. An actionable life, play and work enhancing outlook taught me by the countless examples of unique people I’ve associated with, interviewed, and observed, and with that, a unifying, self-building and team-enhancing set of ideas I am dedicated to sharing with all I can.”
– Richard Radstone
The roots of Sidewalk Ghosts were planted September 2011, when as my life hit a painful set of obstacles, I began blogging a series of daily essays, portraits and videos based on my interviewing 1000s of absolute strangers. Hundreds of consecutive days that, no matter what was going on in the world, how I felt, or where I was, I journaled the hope, hurt and wisdom shared to me by 1000s of diverse individuals – I called it Project 365.
In it, a profound and far reaching call-to-action had been gifted to me. A premise proven as 1000s more from around the globe saw the faces of, listened to, and responded to the experiences, challenges and stories of absolute strangers I published.
People that I did not even know, who by their reaching out to others and myself, stood as evidence that there are many who genuinely desire to better know their neighbor. I call them the compassionate majority.
A majority brave enough to appreciate diversity of perspective and lifestyle; objective enough to quietly contribute to their communities and relationships; wise enough to look beyond race, creed, outlook, gender, age, attraction, religion; disciplined and loving enough to, whether in agreement or disagreement, live by a constructive code of conduct.
If you will, even an example to model. One that I promise can lighten any barriers you are carrying. Offer you the peace and focus to harness the best of who you are. To more clearly see through the ghosts that divide us. And as you do, to trust yourself in knowing your individual worth and just how far your influence can reach. Welcome to Sidewalk Ghosts my friends.
Interviews and Blogs
[ From the Archives of 365 ] “You have to be so independent. Art schools are very critical. It’s not like sports where you get rewards for winning. In art there
[ From the Archives of 365 ] “So many talk about making big change, but really, it is the small changes that each one of us can do. Whether it’s turning
[ From the Archives of 365 ] “Everything is so fast-paced now, you must have patience with yourself and those around you.” You’re in the passenger seat with me. We’re cruising
[ From the Archives of 365 ] “If life were perfect then everything would suck and there would be nothing to learn. We need to find humanity. There is very little