Photographer Richard Renaldi has worked on a series of photographs where he asks complete strangers to interact while posing together for a portrait. Working on the street, Renaldi encounters his subjects in towns and cities all over the United States.
His objective is to create spontaneous and fleeting relationships between complete strangers. The portraits are extremely difficult to make, involving complex negotiations with the participants that push them past comfort levels and into a physical intimacy normally reserved for loved ones or friends.
“Touching Strangers” creates intimate and ephemeral relationships that exist only for the moment of the photograph. The images are beautiful and strange, crossing the zones of safe physical intimacy with strangers and into deep emotional landscapes that surprise not only the viewers of the photographs, but the subjects as well.