Suppose you were walking down a busy city street and a middle aged man who is a photographer with a big old fashioned film camera approached you asking if you would allow him to create a photograph of you. Would you agree? Would you just keep walking?
What if the next thing he said was that he wanted you to pose with a complete stranger for the photo – but you were going to act as if you were a couple. NOW – what would you do?
It takes less than 3 minutes to see this very ‘touching’ video about a New York photographer and his project called “Touching Strangers”. What an interesting concept and the images he creates are quite extraordinary. Richard Rinaldi shows us humanity as it COULD be, and as most of us wish it WOULD be.
Take a look and then share your reactions and comments with us in the reply section at the end of the blog post.
Click HERE or on the video image below to check this out!
Here’s a bit more info about the photographer, the project and the video:
Richard Rinaldi is a 35-year old New York photographer working on a series of portraits. For each shot he grabs strangers off the street, like Jenny Wood an airline employee from Virginia and Dominic Tucker a college student from Brooklyn and poses them like adoring family.
While initially uncomfortable the photo subjects unanimously reported feeling a noiticable shift towards the other stranger. RInaldi captures not two strangers, but something much more ethereal and elusive. He shows us humanity as it COULD be, as most of us wish it WOULD be, and as it was for this one fleeting moment in time captured in the portraits.
For more photos in the “Touching Stangers” series, see Richard Rinaldi’s website at http://www.renaldi.com/
Video excerpt courtesy of CBS Snnday Morning 2013/8/11