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    Richard Renaldi -- You may touch a stranger

    In today's NYT "Lens" blog. Shot on 8x10"--

    http://lens.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/0...in-embrace/?hp
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    Thanks sos much David, wonderful images
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    very interesting project!

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    Fascinating - the range of emotions expressed are considerable. I'm on the fence about the posing - much of it is very unnatural, especially the intertwining gestures like the one with the Yeshiva student and the fish market worker. But I guess that's part of the point- making us consider what is and isn't "natural" about these very intimate pairings of people who would seem to have no other reason to intersect beyond geographic proximity.

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    To me they look like strangers touching each other.

    “The contemplation of things as they are, without error or confusion, without substitution or imposture, is in itself a nobler thing than a whole harvest of invention”

    Francis Bacon

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    Quote Originally Posted by cliveh View Post
    To me they look like strangers touching each other.
    Which seems to be the point about the project.

    I always find it interesting how some folks come up with such unusal projects. This would never have crossed my mind. NIce to see someone thinking out side the box.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ann View Post
    Which seems to be the point about the project.
    Precisely the entire point, yes. The emotional investment by all parties here is severe. These are not about being merely pretty pictures. They're about being meaningful pictures. Photographs that attempt to really say something. With aspirations of wonderful, rather than the merely admirable.

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    "There is very limited audience for the arty stuff, and it is largely comprised of other arty types, most of whom have no money to spend because no one is buying their stuff either. More people bring their emotions to an image than bring their intellect. The former are the folks who have checkbooks because they are engineers, accountants, and bankers—and generally they are engineers, accountants and bankers because they are not artists."

    — Amanda Tomlin, Looking Glass Magazine, 2014

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    I've been thinking about the importance of the big camera in making this happen. It provides a context of formality and seriousness that I think is needed to bring the subjects into contact. There's a performance-art element to it.
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    David, as an 8x10 user I was going to say something similar. In an earlier unrelated thread I touched on the topic of "novelty cameras" as being an excellent way to break the ice with strangers in public.

    If I approach someone with an 8x10, or even a 4x5 Crown/Speed Graphic, I'll often get an enthusiastic response that I'm certain would not have otherwise been the case with any other more normal looking cameras.

    A huge 8x10 is sufficient enough of a novelty that curiosity almost always overcomes reluctance.

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    Last edited by Ken Nadvornick; 07-05-2013 at 04:13 PM. Click to view previous post history. Reason: Grammer, my high school English teacher just gave me The Look from her grave...
    "There is very limited audience for the arty stuff, and it is largely comprised of other arty types, most of whom have no money to spend because no one is buying their stuff either. More people bring their emotions to an image than bring their intellect. The former are the folks who have checkbooks because they are engineers, accountants, and bankers—and generally they are engineers, accountants and bankers because they are not artists."

    — Amanda Tomlin, Looking Glass Magazine, 2014

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    I totally agree.
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