words + photos + life

Joseph W Richardson




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I give you: a keystone, pictured top center of the stone arch. A keystone locks the rest of the arch stones in place, allowing the structure to shoulder weight. When properly engineered, arches like this can stand strong for centuries, free of mortar or metal. I took... read more


Writers call it the telling detail. It’s a small, seemingly insignificant event that offers significant insight into character. In literature, telling details shape expectation, inform plot, foreshadow the story to come. The moment our eyes hit the words, we... read more

Curriculum Vitae

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Joe Richardson

Joe Richardson


Vice President of Communications
Southwestern Electric Cooperative
1998-2008; 2013 – Present
I write, edit, and shoot photos for a monthly magazine that highlights company programs and accomplishments, as well as the Illinois rural lifestyle.

Freelance Contractor
June 2008 – Present
My photos have appeared in advertising, brochures, travel guides, magazines and on postcards. I’ve done extensive contract work for the National Road Association of Illinois, which entailed shooting photos of people, places and events in National Road communities across the state.

Interpretive Project Developer
Illinois National Road Assn.
June 2012 – Present
I researched, wrote narrative, shot photos and collected images for a series of cultural heritage interpretive panels that will stand in 21 communities along 160 miles of Southern Illinois highway.

Associate Editor
Illinois Country Living
1997 – 1998
I wrote, edited, and shot photos for a monthly consumer magazine with a circulation of 150,000. I edited consumer publications distributed by approximately 30 utilities, wrote corporate report content, CEO speeches, and wrote and photographed corporate events for press releases distributed throughout Illinois.