You can always assume that New York City is a place full of strangers. With all the hustle and bustle that’s going on all around the metro, it seems like no one has the time to stop for a while and get to know the people around them.
Keeping this in mind, brilliant photographer Richard Rinaldi introduces us his series of photos entitled “Touching Strangers.” What he did was ask total strangers to pose for photographs that show affection or familiar human interaction.
Intimacy may not be a major concept or life value in NYC, but through this project, he was able to capture some rare moments that would seem ordinary at first but will make you realize the value and impact of human interaction.
The project has even reached other places in the United States such as Ohio, Chicago, Albuquerque and other places in the country.
Many societal divisions can be brought together by just one powerful image, and I think Rinaldi does just that through this work. It’s totes amazing how we can still find strangers to touch even in such a diverse and complicated country.
Also, we can create so many stories behind all these images! We can imagine a couple, or a father and daughter, two best friends, and so on.
This is a behind the scenes video of how the artist was able to pull it off:
Amazing how photography brings out our deepest imaginings, huh?