Intimate Strangers

This photographic project by American photographer Richard Renaldi raises some interesting points. How does our body language can betray us when we are in the company of strangers? With the guidance and skills of a photographer how these nervous tendancies can be hidden? Can we genuinely look at a stranger as if we know them?
The results make for perplexing viewing. We know they are strangers, are we imagine that they are not? We are familiar with a similar situation when we watch a movie, we allow ourselves to be swept along by the artifice of that, but in Renaldi’s photographs the artifice seems somehow nearer to the surface and allows the viewer to continually switch between what we know and what we see.

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