I was not fortunate enough to have the privilege of knowing radioPooh, David, on a personal level. However, I did witness his love, passion, and dedication to deviantART and as such I have felt moved in a profound way to post this for him. My heart pours out to his wife, Maenod; family, and friends.
The following is what a few friends had to say of David:
When I first met David - he was slapping me on the wrists for saying a stock DD was "beautiful all on it's own". He asked me "So does stock have to automatically be a throwback photograph not worthy of standing on it's own?"
I wrote him a note saying I agreed and in turn he opened my eyes to how important good resources are to ANY artist.
From that day forward we spoke almost daily about life and loves and art and of course dA.
He and I joined forces to be the stock gallery directors a few years back. It was difficult....especially considering how frowned upon it was to give a stock image a DD back in the day (the masses can definitely get ugly). David taught me how to listen. He made me realize that pleasing everyone was not what life is about. Being true to yourself and your own moral compass is what matters.
I felt he was under appreciated.
I still do.
That being said - I hope everyone on this site takes a look at his gallery. Making sure his efforts on dA were finally recognized has become my mission.
David was a family man.
David was a poet.
David was a photographer.
But most importantly....
David was David.
And those who knew him ADORED him for being just that.
dA will never feel the same for me.
I loved him more than anyone really knew.
David was not a name on my computer screen....
He was my good friend David. My sweetpea.
My partner in stocky crime
I am shattered that his love and wisdom will no longer be expressed on my works and my notes..I am heartbroken that his sparkling magical presence has left us...not just on dA but in general.
Rest in peace sweetpea.- oibyrd
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I first met David back in 2005, shortly after I joined dA. He was the Gallery Director for stock images and I suggested a DD which he featured. I always loved reading his journals - his stories of being a child preacher, of his work with the rescue service and of his unique and beautiful outlook on life. We talked about spirituality, philosophy, poetry and the joys of peeing off the porch in the morning. Every time I hear hello darkness, my old friend, I will remember his stories and feel blessed to have known him.
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I first encountered radioPooh when I started to provide stock on dA. He was patient and kind and always available to talk too. He took your comments and suggestions into mind and tried to keep everyone as happy as he could. His passion for stock and for dA as a whole was plain to see, he was dedicated and loved the community on such a high level.
His submissions were always a joy to discover, often the description was more thought provoking than the actual image! He would say things that made you think and sometimes show an insight into his life.
He was a great guy and it is very upsetting that he has gone from us, I hope his family will know how many lives he touched and brought a bit of magic to.
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Dave is one of the most unique and amazing individuals i have ever had the pleasure to meet. i will never forget him showing up to the summit, like some flashback to the Haight Ashbury district circa 1967. Tie-dyed shirt, pipe cleaners in his hair and a smile that was genuinely infectious.
His commentary was always insightful and usually hilarious. The guy definitely had his own opinions and a distinct voice. i will remember him fondly and happily for the truly unique spirit he is.
Sleep well and make your hereafter a more enjoyable and absurd place for everyone you are with.
"So what if i'm a boy who likes to play with dolls / That does not make me Gay It makes me God" radioPooh- lolly
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He had an honest and sincere need to wonder and wander. His spiritual and artistic exploration was inspiring to many, myself included. He helped me ask questions about the nature of the world I live in and helped me take no answer for granted.
When I was perhaps too critical he would encourage me to step back and breathe, when I was wearing blinders he would help me see things more clearly. To be honest it is still hard to imagine a life without him but I know it is a better life for having had him in it.
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Of all the people I have met in my 50 years, David Felts, better known as Radiopooh on here, was one of the most interesting. But, more than that, he was the best friend I ever had. He will be missed. I will remember his inspiration, his support, how he pushed me to think outside the box, how he cared. DeviantART will not be the same without him.- justamom
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you lived and now you're free,
left 1000 stories to read.
Whisper them to the trees
in a house covered with leaves.
Now you are free.
Born in the ground,
raised with the circus.
Say it's quite profound
to soothe the wars within us.
Now you are free.
1000 stories I'll read
throw them out to the sea.
bury them in the leaves
so someone can find them in spring.
Now you are free.
you lived and now you're free.