Angelika Ejtel (alias RapidHeartMovement) is a Polish self-portraitist currently based in the United States. She graduated in French language; later, she did her research in linguistics. Passionate about the beauty of words, a few years ago she fell in love with the poetry of a famous Polish poet- Halina Poswiatowska, who inspired most of her self-portraiture.
She considers her photographic creation as a poetic experience in which she drowns and infuses herself and, as a result, it gives her the feeling that she is reborn with each portrait into a new being. Although, all of her photographs are self-portraits, they shouldn’t be necessarily read as self-presentations, rather they should be revealed as the multiplicity of “selves” available to one individual. To put it succinctly, her attitude towards the self is more of an exploratory journey between an awareness of self and an unawareness of some aspects of oneself.
She agrees with H. Cartier-Bresson who said: “I’m not responsible for my photographs. Photography is not documentary, but intuition (…).” All of her pursuits in photography so far, are self-taught, purely intuitive and deeply-rooted in linguistic theories of cohesion in text.