What happens when strangers pose as couples? (video)

By acting in love, these strangers felt like they were in love.

click to enlarge Touching Strangers: Michael & Kimberly - Renaldi.com
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Touching Strangers: Michael & Kimberly

click to enlarge Touching Strangers: Michael & Kimberly - Renaldi.com
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Touching Strangers: Michael & Kimberly
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  • Touching Strangers: Michael & Kimberly

As our world becomes more populated, and our online lives become more interconnected, in some ways the distance between people has grown. In an age where we increasingly interact through digital screens, it's easy to forget how essential human touch is in influencing our attitudes, emotions, and behavior.

Photographer, Richard Renaldi, has highlighted the power of human interaction in a series called, "Touching Strangers." For these photos, he recruits complete strangers on the notoriously cold streets of New York City and poses them as though they are couples, family, or friends. At first their body language reflects their discomfort, but then, an interesting thing happens. Their feelings begin to follow their poses. In essence, by physically acting as though they are a couple, these strangers begin to feel genuine warmth toward their posing partners.

See more of Richard Renaldi's work at Renaldi.com

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