Photographer Richard Renaldi has been working on a series of photographs since 2007 which focuses on two or more strangers physically interacting with one another, creating a strangely intimate series entitled, “Touching Strangers”. His subjects’ poses are directed of course, yet nothing about these photos feel forced or awkward to me.
While researching this project, I came across a fabulous quote from a video produced by Live Leak:
“Most photographers capture life as it is. With these strangers, Richard Renaldi has captured something much more ethereal and elusive. He shows us humanity as it could be. As most of us wish it would be. And as it was, at least for this one fleeting moment in time.”
A book of Touching Strangers is apparently in the works after being group-funded on KickStart for $80,943. (God, I love the internet!) I’m so excited to get my hands on this book when it becomes available. I think it would make for an incredible coffee table book, yes?
Oh, and this video is just awesome!