Richard Renaldi is an American artist who uses a large plate camera, 8x10, to create his unique style of portrait photography. The photos above were taken from Renaldi's Touching Strangers series. In the series Renaldi asked strangers off the street to pose for photos while touching each other. Renaldi admits he instructs his participants and while the photos are orchestrated --they take as long as fiteen minutes to capture--they still reveal fleeting moments of brief encounters. I find his portraits to be enthralling and honest. Renaldi 's staged, somewhat awkward poses, reveals a greater sense of individuality in his subjects.
Check out Renaldi's work at http://www.renaldi.com