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Photographer touching strangers’ noses is awkward yet intriguing [12 pics]

Jun 21, 2013 By Abraham 5

In a physical exploration of the power of the boundary of personal space, for her series entitled “The Guardian,” Photographer Joy McKinney approached total strangers in New York City and asked if she could photograph them while touching their faces.

Weird, yes. Interesting, too, though.

She reports that to her surprise most people agreed, and in the end she captured these odd moments of connection with over 70 strangers. Here are a few of them…

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5 Comments

  1. Le Dude says:

    I don’t know why, but this is the most emotionally moving thing I’ve seen in a long while. I think it is magnificent. I could go on about the deep humanism, but fuck that, it’s just beautiful.

  2. Sissi says:

    This reminded me of the way babies explore the world. To me it looks gentle and friendly and this series is just right to do the job of reminding us all of the fact that we should reach out to others and get to know them. The people who agreed to this look kind and beautiful.

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