If you’ve ever read the Jamaica Plain News or The Bulletin Newspapers, chances are you’ve read an article by long-time JP resident Richard Heath. Today we’re chatting with Richard about his service in Vietnam, the founding of the Franklin Park Coalition, and his work in affordable housing.
G: Where are you from originally and where do you live now?
R: I was born and raised in Framingham, Massachusetts and I’ve lived in Jamaica Plain since 1973. I’ve lived in two places while I’ve been in Jamaica Plain, first on Forest Hills Street and then we bought a house on Bourne Street by Forest Hills in 1991.
G: We have seen many of your photos on the internet and some newspapers. When did you start taking photos and what was your motivation to do it?
R: I went to Mass. College of Art starting in 1964. Then I was drafted and came back four years later and minored in photography. I really like it. I got involved with it when I started working with my community in Franklin Park in the 1970s.
G: Do you consider yourself a journalist, a photographer, a historian, a community organizer, or something else?
R: Well, I am basically a busybody! I am very curious and I like to know about where I am and what’s going on. I’ve never made a career out of any of it