Tuesday, November 12, 2013

[touching strangers]

For six years, photographer Richard Renaldi has been working on the "Touching Strangers" project, where he asks complete strangers to pose as couples, friends or family members, and takes their portrait.

Reginald and Nicole, photographed by Richard Renaldi. Jump to slide show at CBS.
Many of the portraits show a surprising degree of comfort, even though the people in them have never met before.

And some speak of feeling connected to the other person, based on this shared experience. 

Interesting, how little it can take to connect people to one another — no matter how different, yet how rarely we connect.

Watch a video of Steve Hartman / On the Road featuring Richard and this photography project, and discussing its effect on the participants: 




Check out Richard's book Touching Strangers,

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