Chuck Hashbarger grew up in Ventura and worked for several years as a commercial photographer in Los Angeles. But it was only after he shot the bakers and cabbies of Asia and Africa, he says, that he began to recognize the full photographic possibilities of his hometown.
The results of that recognition will go on display Saturday, when Hashbarger hangs an exhibit of "Men Who Make Ventura." The exhibit, made up of 17 black-and-white photographs that are not for sale, will hang through Feb. 3 in the Harborview Room of the Harbortown Marina Resort.
"I don't know quite where I developed this attraction to the faces of cities," said Hashbarger, 31, who was a corporate photographer in Los Angeles before heading off on an around-the-world photo trip three years ago.
"I think part of it came from my travels, because I had spent so much time trying to get the real characters in these countries," he said. "So shortly after I got back, I just one day hit the idea of doing a photo project on Ventura, with a wide variety of professions and ages. . . . I had it in my head for about a year, and I finally said, 'That's it--I'm going to do it.' "