Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Touching Strangers

I found this project by Richard Renaldi to be breathtakingly beautiful and thought provoking. 

Richard Renaldi cajoles complete strangers to pose together in an intimate way. (the video is short and worth watching).
Mr. Renaldi Has been working on his portraits series since 2007, and one of his goals is to encourage people to think past the divisions of ethnicity, religion and socioeconomics that often go unexamined in urban life. "for a lot of people, its an exercise for them to be able to push their own comfort level" He said. The result is beautiful. 

I'd be curious to hear your thoughts too. 
thanks for reading, 


  1. Thanks for sharing this, Maria! I think that technology--our phones, computers, social media--though in some ways brings us together more than ever before, can also be very isolating. It seems like it's that combination of physical touch plus pushing people "past their comfort level" that really does something to break down whatever barriers we have. It's fitting that the piece was filmed in NYC where so many people rush past each other every day, and I wonder if reactions would have been similar in my medium-size city.

  2. I am so glad I came across this post today. So inspiring, and such a thoughtful piece. Don't get me wrong, I love me my Instagram. But nothing will ever replace face to face, by chance, or stumbled upon interactions the world brings us. I am afraid technology does take away from some of the best of human experiences. These photos are priceless. I'd love to see more of this. Thank you for sharing.