Touching Strangers Catalina Valdez

Richard Renaldi is the photographer. Richard Renaldi has been working on a series of photographs that involve approaching and asking complete strangers to physically interact while posing together for a portrait. Working on the street with a large format eight-by-ten-inch view camera, Renaldi encounters the subjects for his photographs in towns and cities all over the United States. He pairs them up and invites them to pose together, intimately, in ways that people are usually taught to reserve for their close friends and loved ones. Some of his photos are shown below. A link to his website:

The goal of this project is to get people to feel comfortable around each other and to stop judging each other and just stop a minute to think about other people's lives.

Richard Renaldi takes his photos in towns and cities all over the United States. He chose anyone to photograph, this goes from police officers, children, and brides to old women, cowboys, and locals. The people he photographed were random people that he just thought looked interesting.

We can take this project and apply it to what we are doing because if you did ask random people to be in pictures you never know what the person is going through and this interaction between you guys could've potentially made their day. With you talking to them and asking them to be in a photo it could change their mood and make them feel like someone does notice them and that they do have a purpose. They aren't just invisible to the world and your're the one making them feel this way.

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