Police officer sees city in a different light through camera lens

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- It's a unique art show that only highlight's local artists. One of them knows Kansas City well. He spends his days fighting crime, but at night, KCPD Major Rich Lockhart leaves his gun and badge at home and heads back into the city.

Armed with only a camera, Maj. Lockhart sees things in an entirely different light.

"There's parts of our city that people never go in to and they're so beautiful and so I hope to be able to capture those and encourage people get into those areas and enjoy them too,” Maj. Lockhart said.

This 23-year police department veteran said photography has always been a passion, but it was a police school class that led him to start shooting professionally.

"It's for police commanders, it's called evidentiary photography, and so it's about photographing evidence but the principals carry over into general photography,” Maj. Lockhart said.

Major Lockhart entered his first show last year. Now, he's showing off dozens of his photographs at Art Westport, capturing Kansas City's spirit through the eyes of his lens.

"When I'm out there I'm able to see something that touches my heart in a certain way," Maj. Lockhart said.

He's said that many are surprised to learn he's a policeman, but also said don't let the gun and badge fool you.

“Don't stereotype us, we're renaissance men, we can do other things other than arrest people,” Maj. Lockhart said.

The 34th annual Art Westport runs through Sunday night where you can see Maj. Lockhart’s photography for yourself.

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