Video 01: EXPERIENCE OF THE IMAGE: from David Rapoport on Vimeo.

EXPERIENCE of the IMAGE: Fine Art project (only): Black and white photographs taken in Greenwich Village, West Village, and Soho, during the 1980's, and 90ís.

Total freedom is: 1) emotional independence, 2) clarity of mind, 3) present moment, 4) no addictions, without 5) grasping to the known. In this practice, there is: 1) contentment, 2) happiness, 3) fulfillment, and 4) stability.

This experience is about existing, co-existing, art, culture, Bohemia, inspired minds, intellectualism, spirituality, and sensibility. It happens within a structured system, where creative minds meet, and can express themselves.

Since we are civilized human beings, we can relate in very profound, significant, and intelligent ways, without obsessing, and (not) going out of control. We all have the potential to be ourselves: fully and totally. We belong to one another, as people of this world.

I set out with a medium format camera to capture this in people. I wanted to show what life was (could be) like, and use the results of my work as an example for knowledge.

The biggest challenge for me was to meet, people (as living subjects), in close proximity, with open field of vision, in the present moment, in the heart of New York City, and in public places. I got better and better at it, as I practiced doing it more and more.

I seek to explore the notion of the limitations, and the relative nature of things that are known, versus the unknown and its possibilities.

I also wish to communicate all of the the wonder, vulnerability, and newness, that makes this experience of creating the portrait image so worthwhile, through my photos.

Special thanks to: Special thanks to: Elinor Carucci, Robert Frank, Paul Owen, Bruce Rassmussen, Mark Chernichaw, Dr. David Sirota, Tom Drysdale, New York University BFA Photo, Charles Traub, Silvio Wolf, Ed Bowes, and the School of Visual Arts MFA Photo.

© 2013 by David Rapoport. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

Video 02: BEYOND THE PICTURE from David Rapoport on Vimeo.

2013. BEYOND THE PICTURE is collection of digital images about: the picture, person, experience of the image, and longing for what is beyond it. It is about the difference between the physical subject, and the image object. I explore the psychology, science, patterns, the spirit, and the knowledge of the visuals that I create. Going beyond the picture, is stepping out of the known and planned, into some new and unknown place. The longing is the true fulfillment.

© 2013 by David Rapoport. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

Video 03: What is Visible and What is Seen: from David Rapoport on Vimeo.

January, 2014. (Revised: June, 2014)

Chapter 1: Visual Communications and Literacy:

The history (bazaar) of photography includes every application of the medium, by people who are known, unknown, in every genre, conventional, non-conventional, accepted art forms, the avant-garde, experimental, abstract, subtle, obvious, exploitative, commercial, non-commercial, academic, non-academic, students, mentors, apprentices, advanced, beginners, and people from every school of photo training.

I am very thankful for the possibility of things that are new. What is interesting about them? It is the true joy of photography, and often, a photo-awakening. Then, somehow, you begin to see photography through the eyes and open field of vision, enabled by some other medium or discipline? What happens when photography actually becomes that other art form? Learn how to paint, or draw, or collage, to see things differently? Yes. Let's make it happen in an unplanned and spontaneous way, for sure.

Seeing the overview, or the bigger picture, enables an art practitioner to create new and significant details, unheard symphonic movements, and exciting interludes of color, and form: certainly not the same old brush strokes: recycled.

Do you know about this experience?

Photos taken by David Rapoport from: 1981 to 2005. Special thanks to HH, CT, EC, RF, EB, and MH.
© 2013 by David Rapoport. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

Video 04: TIMES SQUARE AT NIGHT from David Rapoport on Vimeo.

Times Square at Night: 2011. From the 2 DVD Set: PLACES: 20 Art - Music Videos, NYC. It is Abstract, Experimental, Music Moving (Image) Picture. This movie is all about the imagination. /// © 2011 by David Rapoport. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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