Cameraman Does Something Incredible With Complete Strangers

Richard Renaldi says he is always on the lookout for two total strangers who were meant to be together, if only for a few minutes.

"They're not exactly sure what they just signed up for, and people are a little nervous at first," the 45-year-old Renaldi says with a laugh.

Renaldi is a photographer based in the Big Apple working on an unusual portrait series. His method involves taking strangers off the street…for example, Jenny Wood, an airline employee from Virginia, and Dominek Tucker, a student from Brooklyn… and poses the strangers together as if they were family.

The portrait project is called “Touching Strangers." He began over six years ago and has hundreds of portraits of these impromptu families.

In many of the photos you'd never know the subjects had never met, but others illustrate the inherent awkwardness of cuddling with someone you just met.

He notes that even when the subjects are apparently eager to participate, their body language often belies their verbal enthusiasm.

But that's the really weird thing about the whole project. Richard puts the people in these poses, but the sentiment that shine through is real according to the subjects.

Brian Sneeden, a poetry teacher, remarked he saw no rhyme or reason for posing with 95-year-old retried fashion designer Reiko Ehrman initially, but eventually he said he noticed his feelings changed.

"I felt like I cared for her," Brian commented. "I felt like it brought down a lot of barriers."

And oddly enough, it seems almost all of Renaldi’s portrait subjects shared the same sentiment.

Source: CBS News
Photo: AWM

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