Springfield-based photographer, videographer and humanitarian Randy Bacon is on this week's episode of the "In Our Town" podcast with Tom Carlson. (Photo by Shannon Cay)

Episode description: Award-winning Springfield photographer Randy Bacon is driven by a simple but profound ideology when it comes to his work in portraiture, filmmaking and the nonprofit sphere: each and every person is a unique individual who deserves to have their story shared with the world.

Never losing a sense of wonderment, Bacon uses the culmination of four decades of experience to explore the stories of those who are often overlooked and misunderstood in our society.

Host Tom Carlson sits down with Bacon to discuss his beginnings in photography, the practices he uses to authentically capture his subjects and the evolution of his artistic practice as it has expanded into a multitude of ongoing projects and mediums over the years.

About the podcast: In Our Town is a podcast about Springfield, Mo. issues and leaders, hosted by Tom Carlson, publisher and founder of the Hauxeda.

About the host: Tom Carlson is the publisher and founder of the Hauxeda. An attorney and real estate developer who specializes in affordable housing, Tom was the longest-serving mayor of Springfield, serving 14 years over seven non-consecutive terms between 1988 and 2009.