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JRRD Cover Art Winner 2009,
Richard W. Kimball

Richard W. Kimball

Richard W. Kimball’s Chaco Doorways in 3-D is a three-dimensional photographic composite of a pueblo ruin in Chaco Canyon, New Mexico. It recreates a series of nested doorways from a single photographic image by adding depth and maintaining a sense of space and mystery.

Its creator, Richard Kimball of Prescott, Arizona, was a gold-medal winner at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) 2010 National Veterans Creative Arts Festival in La Crosse, Wisconsin.

“I printed the photograph five times. Then I took an X-Acto knife and a magnifying glass and carefully cut out each one of the doorways in succession so that when I put the pictures on top of each other, the picture would look three-dimensional. To add the depth, I put Popsicle sticks in between each photo and then blackened the edges of the picture,” explained Kimball.

The irony is that Kimball is legally blind. He has partial sight in one eye and has lost his depth perception. Seventeen years ago, Kimball crashed his bike at 40 mph during a bicycle race in Tucson, Arizona. He vividly recalls waking up in the hospital with his head bandaged and being unable to see.

Richard W. Kimball "It was a very depressing time for me. I spent about five years in occupational therapy at the VA hospital," said Kimball. "It was there that I learned I could do many artistic things in spite of my handicap."

Kimball is mostly self-taught but did attend one year of college art classes. After his occupational therapy, he has continued his interest in art, photography, and writing. His creations have ranged from acrylic paintings and ceramics to photography and plastic models.

Kimball is a retired newspaper editor and reporter, who served in the U.S. Coast Guard between June 1976 and August 1979. He is also a member of the American Legion.

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