Rachael Dunville, "Arc", 2006, C-print, 24x24”, courtesy Michael Mazzeo Gallery, NYC

Rachael Dunville, “Arc”, 2006, C-print, 24×24”, courtesy Michael Mazzeo Gallery, NYC

Rachael Dunville

There is a distinct and profound pleasure in making a photograph of and with another person. I approach the transaction as an intuitive, magical exchange; a subtle seduction between willing participants. Animated by the broadcasting and receiving of focused energy, a mysterious alliance is established between the ephemeral qualities of curiosity, impulse, and the intricate tenor of idle desire. It is a marvelous affair—capricious, and yet, transcendent. With striking impunity, the people I photograph look straight into the camera, and therefore, straight into me. The images reveal the rapt attention between us—fostered by the reciprocity of looking and of being seen. This oscillating event between photographer and subject circulates desire and encapsulates the tension that is both palpable and fundamental to the act of making a portrait. The experience of witnessing one another in this open manner lies at the heart of this photographic encounter, requiring a humility and reverence akin to religious ritual. In this empathetic space, we are fully present. Unveiled in this hushed interface is a distilled state of emotional undress. We blush.

Rachael Dunville is a contemporary portrait photographer whose work subtly portrays the powerful dynamics that take place within human interactions.  She received a MFA from School of Visual Arts in New York. Dunville has  shown her work across the country including a  solo  exhibition at Peer Gallery, New York, NY and group exhibitions at the Roger Smith Hotel, New York, NY; Philadelphia University of the Arts’ Gallery 1401, Philadelphia, PA; Jen Bekman Gallery, New York, NY; Photographic Center Northwest, Seattle, WA; Lenox Contemporary, Toronto, Canada; Richard L. Nelson Gallery, Davis, CA, among many others.