Imagine a portrait photographer asking people to pose for a quick picture on the streets of a large city, nothing too out of the ordinary, right? Now imagine if he asked you to pose with a compete and utter stranger. That's what New York photographer, Richard Renaldi has set out to do. The series entitled, 'Touching Strangers' is an intimate look at how humanity could be.
Family portrait photography is suppose to be affectionate and filled with the people you love. Richard successfully takes those ideals and brings people together in a fundamental way that can be best described as just being human. In a world so full of skepticism, wariness and fear of the unknown it's nice to see people come together that otherwise never would in photographs that are not only beautiful, but meaningful.
Renaldi started the series about six years ago and in a recent Kickstarter campaign successfully raised enough money to publish a book for his series. What I find to be pretty interesting about the series other than the unique look on street and portrait photography is the really neat large-format camera that he uses to shoot the portraits with.
You can find more on the series on the kickstarter page here: Touching Strangers: Photographs by Richard Renaldi
[Via: CBS News]