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Would You Touch A Stranger? Photographer’s Experiment Yields Shocking Results

Ignore all your “stranger danger” instincts and take a ride on the wild side…


Would you willingly let any part of your body come into contact with someone you’ve never met?

From the time of our childhood, we’ve constantly been cautioned about talking to strangers. The motto “stranger danger” is etched into our skulls as surely as we know our own names. As a consequence, many, if not most of us, are wary of interacting – and even making eye contact – with people we don’t know.

Enter photographer, Richard Renaldi, a man bent on destroying stereotypes and quashing our long-held beliefs into the dust.

Renaldi launched an experiment called “Touching Strangers” where he asked total strangers in the streets of New York to touch each other.

The body contact ranged from a simple connection of hands to a full on hug!

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His “Touching Strangers” experiment yielded some very surprising and shocking results. Strangers who would otherwise ignore each other agreed to Renaldi’s proposition and touched other people.

Normally, the experiment’s subjects would have ignored each other. They’d regard each other as potential threats because lets, face it…

…no one really knows a stranger’s motives for doing anything.

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Source: NY Times

This is particularly true in New York, a city with one of the highest crime rates. Renaldi chose the most unlikely pairs to photograph.

Then he asked them to touch each other for the camera.

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However, after they posed for Renaldi, they underwent a surprising change. From an awkward first encounter, the photographs captured surprisingly intimate images of people melting into friendship.

As an old Irish saying goes: “strangers are just friends you haven’t met yet.”

Renaldi’s subjects seemed wary at first, but the photographs told a different story.

Like these two.

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Anyone looking at the resulting images would think these people were anything but family or close friends. But at the beginning, each subject seemed nervous and on their guard.

At the end of each brief photography session, however, they ended up friends.

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Source: Foto Focus

Renaldi’s experiment showed how touch helps break down barriers between strangers. People connecting with one another through touch gives them a chance at friendship.

Even in a city rife with crime.

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Would you connect with a total stranger this way?

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12 Photos That Are So Scary, They’re Perfect For Halloween

#8. OMG! I wouldn’t even dare go anywhere near that thing!

Remember that time when you, as a kid, were scared of monsters under the bed? It seems silly now as an adult, right?

Well some childhood fears really do not go away for good, I guess. I kinda realized that the moment I saw the photos below. Although most of these ones are of inanimate objects, I really would prefer to stay away from them.

Just take a look at #8, for example. I’ll freak out if I see that in my bathroom one day. It brings memories of all those horror flicks I’ve watched back then.

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Brutally-Honest Comic Accurately Portrays The Harsh Realities of Modern Day Living

#16 actually makes a good point!

Truth can be very brutal – and when it comes to Eduardo Salles, an artist from Mexico, he really doesn’t have any plans of holding back.

Salles’ comic-style illustrations accurately capture and depict the harsh realities of living in our modern world. If you will check out his artworks, you will quickly recognize that some of his insights are downright funny while others are a bit sad or tragic. Either way, this guy uses his wits and combines it with his artistic prowess to convey messages that make his audiences think.

Thanks to BoredPanda, we get to appreciate Eduardo’s stuff better because they translated it from Spanish to English.

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Armless Tattoo Artist Uses Badass Prosthethic Arm As Tattoo Machine

Wow that seriously looks cool! I want to get inked by this guy!

Losing an arm can surely be a traumatic experience but somehow, JC Sheitan Tenet of Lyon, France managed to turn things around.

After losing his lower right arm 22 years ago, JC recently acquired a new prosthetic arm that allowed him to pursue one of his passions again – drawing. What’s more, the extremely cool-looking arm doubles as a tattoo machine.

JC worked with artist-engineer Jean Louis Gonzales (Gonzal) to create the first prototype and he recently took it to the Tattoo Motor Show 8, a convention in Devézieux, France – and understandably, convention attendees were instantly blown away!

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