How close would you get with a stranger? Would you hug them on the streets of New York City? Would you intimately look into their eyes for an extended period of time? If so, would you let someone photograph those awkward moments?
That’s exactly what photographer Richard Renaldi has focused on with his series of images called “Touching Strangers.”
The artist brings together strangers for an impromptu photo shoot and has them pose as is they have close relationships – holding one another, gazing at one another, touching one another. By the end of the photo shoot, many of the participants say something changed, and it was no longer awkward – they no longer felt like strangers.
We think it’s a great topic to ponder after the holiday weekend. Check out a full video on CBS News that looks at Renaldi’s project.