Richard Rapfogel traded a 25 year career as a psychologist for the full-time pursuit of his 40 year passion for photography. His work was featured in a month-long solo show at the Aikon Gallery in New York City, and he has had winning images in Photography Review, Photographers Forum, the Worldwide Photography Gala Awards, Pictory, the Banff International Photo Competition, the Appalachian Mountain Photography Competition, and in the ASiA Competition, along with numerous publications.
Richard Rapfogel lives in Boone, North Carolina with his wife, Diane Mines, and daughter Lucy.
In photographing my world I both observe and participate in it, creating images that reveal a common artistic impulse: to participate in life by looking, to allow oneself to be touched and influenced by what one sees, to articulate that experience, and, hopefully, to illuminate it. My photographs reflect not only “what’s out there,” but also who I am, how I see, and what I make of what I see. The physical record of those moments of living allows me to share them and, perhaps more fundamentally, to re-experience them.
The opportunity to “take a second look” at my experiences is among the more sublime pleasures of photography, because in that process I often see more deeply than I find possible in the blur of time. It is this process, rather than the specific content of any given image, that moves me to lift the camera to my eye. I shoot what I resonate to, and that is why my images are so varied, ranging from portrait to landscape, from figurative to abstract.
In my prior career as a psychotherapist, I often perceived strengths in my clients where they believed they had none. This incongruity was a catalyst for their re-examination of what they had thought to be “truths” about themselves. As a photographer, too, I tend to see beauty – and irony and humor and pain and dignity – in aspects of life that might otherwise pass as mundane. Often my subjects differ greatly from myself in culture and convention. Yet it is the human relationship shared between us that is recorded on film. I hope that each image embraces that moment of connection and, in the revealed pentimento, sheds light on its depth.