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Richard Renaldi

Touching Strangers

At first glance, these photos look like any portraits of family, friends and lovers taken by a highly talented photographer. They’re lovely, and give one a quick glimpse into the lives of strangers. Viewing them, there is no question that the people in these photos know each other intimately. Why else would they be in these photos together, posed as they are?

Ah, but they don’t know each other, and therein lies the beauty of Richard Renaldi's project, Touching Strangers.

For this project, Renaldi, a New York-based photographer, grabs two or more strangers off the street and asks them to pose together as though they are quite close. At first, the subjects resist, as one might expect, but soon they grow comfortable with their partners in a way that is really rather moving.

The Touching Strangers project places an emphasis on the tenderness of humanity and the willingness to bond with those unlike ourselves with very little coaxing. It is as though these people have been waiting for someone like Renaldi to give them an excuse to interact. Luckily, he did.

View more of Renaldi’s photos here and on his site. You can also watch a video clip of the project here.

Strong Female Characters by Spencer Salberg (heymonster)

(Prints available here.)

(via hellogiggles)

Word Art Dog, by Budakitty Ink.
As I’ve said a million times, animal portraiture creeps me out.  It is the rare artful photograph or use of unusual materials that convinces me otherwise.   That said, I really like these word dogs.
This Etsy shop owner makes portraits using a photograph and a list of important words, dates, and names that pet owners send in for reference.  Though most of the words mean nothing to the outsider, the use of fonts and shading to shape a beautiful, almost three-dimensional sketch make the meaning behind the words almost entirely unimportant.  It could say “lightbulb” all over it and still still be a beautiful piece of art.  
So maybe that’s what makes it okay.  Maybe that’s the test.  Can the portrait stand alone as art?  The plain old lifelike pet portraits hung over the mantle are the ones that make you worry that pet owners are way too into their pets  Like maybe they couldn’t get through a normal human conversation.  Like they’d rather sleep with their pets than their spouses.  
But pet portraits like these word dogs, which can be appreciated by strangers, are beyond pet owner weirdness.  They are art.  

Word Art Dog, by Budakitty Ink.

As I’ve said a million times, animal portraiture creeps me out.  It is the rare artful photograph or use of unusual materials that convinces me otherwise.   That said, I really like these word dogs.

This Etsy shop owner makes portraits using a photograph and a list of important words, dates, and names that pet owners send in for reference.  Though most of the words mean nothing to the outsider, the use of fonts and shading to shape a beautiful, almost three-dimensional sketch make the meaning behind the words almost entirely unimportant.  It could say “lightbulb” all over it and still still be a beautiful piece of art.  

So maybe that’s what makes it okay.  Maybe that’s the test.  Can the portrait stand alone as art?  The plain old lifelike pet portraits hung over the mantle are the ones that make you worry that pet owners are way too into their pets  Like maybe they couldn’t get through a normal human conversation.  Like they’d rather sleep with their pets than their spouses.  

But pet portraits like these word dogs, which can be appreciated by strangers, are beyond pet owner weirdness.  They are art.  

I have a feeling this chart will come very much in handy as a reference.  “We’ve gotta eat these right now, before they turn into sevens.”  

I have a feeling this chart will come very much in handy as a reference.  We’ve gotta eat these right now, before they turn into sevens.”  

Firefly, a la Mucha.  Amazing, hilarious, and so beautiful.

(Source: spanisharmanda, via illbedancinginskeletonhell)

I’d love a poster-sized print of this on my wall.  

I’d love a poster-sized print of this on my wall.  

I never even thought about these two as real people. I’m changed forever.

I never even thought about these two as real people. I’m changed forever.

Chicagoans and film festival enthusiasts, I need your help.

The 47th Chicago International Film Festival starts next week, and this year I’m determined to make it to some screenings.

In years past, I’ve looked over the festival’s schedule and been overwhelmed by its unfamiliar film titles and actors’ names.  That just happened to me again, when I looked at this year’s options, which is why I’m hoping you all might have some insight you’d like to share. 

My friend Julie helped me already by explaining how she goes about it, browsing through categories and setting up an account that lets you make your own schedule to keep yourself organized.  I’m going to try this out, for sure, but I’m still open to more specific suggestions.

Anyone? 

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