Is there power in touch? Can you force feelings through creating a physical connection with someone you’ve never met? Richard Renaldi, has a project “Touching Strangers” where he captures affection through strangers that have never met before. Most individuals profess and even exhibit with body language that he/she is at first uncomfortable with the intimacy. However, the photograph captures a beautiful and true display of warmth between two or three people who’ve never met.
Amazing that individuals can touch one another, physically and awkwardly at the beginning and somehow touch into emotions. Imagine if we touched with affection those who are important to us? Those who we mentor? Those children we are responsible for raising?
I often hear the complaint, “At that moment, I don’t want to (or don’t feel like) touching him/her,” whether that is a spouse, friend, or child. This photography project simply proves that emotions can and will follow actions. Reaching out and hugging, holding a hand, patting the back, can be awkward and difficult, but it can be far-reaching and facilitate extracting emotions that support that simple action; creating a foundation for connection, and a building block for developing a positive relationship. Imagine the possibilities between a parent and child…
Let us not miss an opportunity to reach out, touch physically and connect emotionally.