While we touch those we are close with regularly and freely, touch among strangers remains taboo in our culture. We are apt to apologize for accidentally brushing a strangers hand or pull away quickly should our knees touch the person seated next to us.
Consequently, there’s something very moving about these portraits by photographer Richard Renaldi in which he asks strangers to touch other strangers.
There is a certain shock value to seeing people together that we would normally view as from different worlds – but beyond that, these photographs evoke the potential for intimacy that we all possess should we bridge the gap of space and custom a little more often.
View the whole series and read a great interview with Renaldi about the project here.