Richard Renaldi meets two or more strangers on the street and asks them to pose for a photograph while touching each other. It's fascinating to see how some people are visibly uncomfortable, while others look completely at ease like old friends or lovers.

"My objective was to introduce an unpredictable variable in a very traditional photographic formula: to create a spontaneous and fleeting relationship between complete strangers in front of my 8 x 10 view camera," Renaldi says.

"Though these situations involve orchestrated collaborations between subject and photographer, the emotions captured are both genuine and honest. Touching Strangers encourages viewers to think about how we relate physically to one another, and to entertain the possibility that there is unlimited potential for new relationships with almost everybody passing by."

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  • "no smile" faces mostly.
    and look at their hands. they don't want to touch.
    their body language screams it :)
  • The picture with the hula hoop is like the cutest fake family ever! :D
  • Wow... if you didn't point it out, I couldn't tell, and there, I wouldn't know the significance of these photos. Wonderful post! I really like the asian family on the beach scene! And thank God there's no 'peace' signs in the photos! Would've totally ruined it!
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