Rachael Dunville, Area, c-print, 2006.
“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. A mysterious alliance is established between the ephemeral qualities of curiosity, impulse, and idle desire. 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, on her series Springtown, viewable here