Photographs Of Strangers Being Intimate

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What may be most affecting about Richard Renaldi‘s series Touching Strangers is how clearly he captures something that can’t even be seen.  For the series Renaldi posed strangers together to be photographed in poses with an intimacy typically reserved for families or friends.  Arms around shoulders and waists, hands on hands, fingers interlocked are subtle gestures.  Between strangers, though, they reveal a powerful privacy we carry around with us, a sacred space rarely breached.  Once a viewer discovers the subjects are strangers, these otherwise banal photographs suddenly become intensely unsettling.

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  • Whiskey

    “Once a viewer discovers the subjects are strangers, these otherwise banal photographs suddenly become intensely unsettling.”

    I think they become touching and sensitive and maybe a little sad that some of the photos seem so surreal.

  • steve

    Once a viewer discovers the subjects are strangers, the banality of these photos is explained. That’s why everyone looks so wooden & posed, and the photos are as intense and unsettling as a mail order catalogue…
    Maybe it wasn’t a bad idea, but it just didn’t work.

  • randomhuman

    You can tell they’re strangers from the expressions on their faces, I don’t think anybody would need to be told.

  • Juliana Cohen

    I love it