How would you feel if a random photographer stopped you and asked you to pose by embracing, touching or hugging a stranger? Richard Renaldi has been creating his intimate series "Touching Strangers" for years and has learned plenty about human behavior through this process.
Renaldi looks for combinations of strangers to create interesting couples or groups of people who have never met each other before and yet are destined to be together for this shoot. After finding the right people he tells them to be a couple for a moment or to strike up a friendship in a matter of seconds which is then further conveyed in the way he poses them for the camera.
Admittedly, majority of people are either unaware of what they are signing up for or are shy and nervous. However, soon after they have been asked to engage with a stranger, their demeanor becomes more relaxed and some subjects even reveal that after this experience they have generated a connection with the other person, even if initially they appear to be polar opposites and otherwise would not have met. His project also shines attention to just how many people we pass by everyday and have no idea about the extent of their lives or personalities.
How would you feel if you were asked to embrace a stranger in front of a camera?