Sunday, November 9, 2008

Touching Strangers

Tim, Victoria and Derek, 2008

Photographer Richard Renaldi has a wonderful series titled Touching Strangers, in which he not only convinced complete strangers to pose together, but also to touch one another. I found it interesting how some of the people appear as if they are not strangers at all, and how others seem a little bit reluctant and create obvious boundaries.

Charles and Manuel, 2007

Conscientious: A Conversation with Richard Renaldi about 'Touching Strangers'

Julie and Xavier, 2007

Renaldi: In thinking more about how I would approach the project, I decided I wanted the images to explore how notions of trust, love, social conventions, and taboos are expressed through body language. After that it was really just getting up the courage to actually go out and do it.


Hillbilly said...

I think this is an incredibly thoughtful project, and not just because I have a bent for all things socio-psychological.

John M. said...

You're so right. Quite ballsy, too.

It's obvious that he had to work himself up to it. I'm glad he did. The photos say so much about us.