Richard B ChauDavis


I was trained as a painter. A lot of my sensibilities come from that training (how to balance a work, small on the bottom and large on top, craftsmanship, etc). While I deeply miss the smell of turpentine and the texture of paint, I find the camera and the computer irresistible. There is the sense of reality that comes easily to photographic images. With computers and software, an artist can control the whole image in a way that is either tedious or impossible in the darkroom. In addition, the new printers can make very rich blacks and grays. I have for a long time dealt with the concept of ‘not the split second’ but maybe the split 2 seconds or 5 minutes and present that time frame as one image. Sexuality as a theme in my work reflects a lot thinking, my Christianity, and my observations. Techniques I have used heavily are compositing, introducing color, scanning negatives, and digital to digital photography. I also love the beach and for relief take pictures there. Recently, I have been doing, 3D imagery, live art (I do an impromptu themed photo shoot with interested bystanders), Tainted Milk Series, assemblages, and oil painting/collages.

Smashwords Interview

Can you share Steve Waller's poem about your book
Yes! Here it is:

Fragments of Unforgettable Moments
By Steve Waller
[A tribute to Richard ChauDavis’s Mostly Square Artifacts 2013]
Sometimes my memories are as crystal clear as the moment they happened
as if the video is still on record
or the film is still developing, becoming even more vivid with time (Anatomy, Being Male).
Sometimes I can recall almost every detail, yet I couldn’t say for sure
as a witness in a court of law
if it was a mole or a freckle on her naked back (Oofla).
Sometimes the memories are in motion ( Workout, Splits)
and it’s a mixed up blur (I Am Happy…, Happy People)
or is it my brain can’t decide what really happened
and presents impossible amalgams (Bridgett and Bridgett 2)?
Sometimes only a single striking element stands out
The tongue!
like a gold nugget memory in my brain pan
the very essence of what makes the memory unforgettable (Clowning Around).
More and more often
I’m finding the memories are fading
until there’s only disintegrating fragments (Two Friends, Three of Us)
an echo of a thought (Whisper)
or little more than a general concept remaining (Woman Holding Cantaloupe)
slipping away into crumpled lost ideas even though I struggle to hold on to that beautiful moment (Thinking).
All the more reason to make more
Unforgettable moments! (Fate)
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Cup of tea, interesting piece that I am working on. I try to leave myself something easy to do in the morning so that I can get rolling...
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Mostly Square Artifacts 2013
Price: $8.95 USD. Words: 4,610. Language: English. Published: March 25, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Art, Architecture, Photography » Photography - Photo books
At the start of 2013 I started the series of 27 works shown in this book. I resolved to create artifacts with nothing being precious. The images are crumpled, torn, sliced, painted, sanded, dissolved and then carefully preserved. Each work made into a rescued artifact full of scars, personality, and texture. Subject matter and images involve nudity, sexuality and (to be fair) other things.

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