People & Places in Kansas City Fuel this Artist’s Inspiration
Philip A. Bishop’s ambition is fueled by the wonderful people and places that make Kansas City great. His mission is to inspire others to see and know the greatness of Kansas City. Although, this relative newcomer (10 years) to the area admits that his great love for the city and surrounding areas didn’t come overnight.
“My love for KC wasn’t instant. I think it’s similar for anyone that moves to a new place, it takes time to become familiar enough with new surroundings before a connection is made.”
Bishop’s job overseeing landscape projects throughout the city and surrounding suburbs from north to south gave him a chance to see the city in a new light. He noticed the changes as he drove. Becoming familiar enough with new surroundings, he made a connection. Kansas City has revamped and reinvented itself making this connection inevitable.
“There has always been a great foundation but in these past ten years, KC feels different. A sense of pride was building. People outside of KC also started to take notice; ranking on best places to live lists, more and more articles and news features came out.”
Bishop and his wife would get out occasionally for dinner or an event but never felt like they took advantage of what was here. In the spring of 2015, he set out to change this and be a part of the city. Along the way, he began taking photos of what he saw. Bishop says that three things became apparent over this time:
“I’m a photographer, I love inspiring people to get out and be a part of our city and that I AM FROM KANSAS CITY.”
Bishop has also been inspired to create his own brand of apparel and accessories inspired by the world’s largest shuttlecocks, which sit on the expansive lawn of the Nelson-Atkins Museum. You can learn more here: PhilipABishop.com.
With Kansas City as his muse, Bishop will likely never run out of things to photograph or subjects of inspiration.