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Remarkable Photos of Strangers Posing As Couples on the Street

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Since 2007, photographer Richard Renaldi has worked on this photo series where he asks complete strangers to physically pose with one another in a stylized intimate portrait. Turning the traditional photographic formula on it’s head, Renaldi introduces the complex request of breaking barriers of personal space and comfort.

Some of the photos are so beautiful you would never know these people are perfect strangers, while others perfectly highlight the awkwardness we feel when touching someone we simply do not know. The portraits are extremely difficult to make, involving complex negotiations with the participants that push them past comfort levels, into a physical intimacy normally reserved for loved ones or friends.

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Images via Richard Renaldi

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