A Photographer Asks Strangers to Pose for Him. The Images Are Touching

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We have come across many ‘strangers' project where a photographer asks strangers to pose for a photo but this one is unique. In 2007, photographer Richard Renaldi began a project where he asked complete strangers to pose for him but with a condition; they have to touch each other in some way. The result is a series titled Touching Strangers.

Working on the street with a large format 8-by-10 view camera, Richard encounters his subjects in towns and cities all over the United States. Strangers are asked to physically interact while posing for a portrait. The images are beautiful and strange at the same time, showing physical intimacy that is sure to evoke emotions in the viewer. Here is a small collection of images from the series for you to admire.

A Photographer Asks Strangers to Pose for Him. The Images Are Touching
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(All images © Richard Renaldi)

 

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Check out more of Richard's work on his website. Connect with him on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.

 


About the author

Ritesh Saini

Ritesh has been photographing for about seven years now and his photographic interests have varied from nature and landscapes to street photography. You can see his photography on Flickr or on his website.

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