A Photographer Created a Social Experiment By Asking Couples and Strangers to Kiss on Camera | 22 Words

Photographer Ben Lamberty came up with a pretty interesting premise for a series of photos: He would take pictures of people kissing and leave it to the viewer to determine if the couple was real...

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...or if they were just two of Lamberty's friends he had recruited for the task. The way someone kisses can say a lot...to the person they're kissing. But how much can it tell an observer about the nature of their relationship? Check out these pics and see for yourself.

The pictures first appeared in Zeit Magazin.

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Way back in 2013. But they're just now making the rounds again.

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Part of what keeps the allure alive is the fact that Lamberty STILL hasn't revealed which of the kissers are real...

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...and which are faking it.

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We've got a few hunches, but aren't certain...

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...so we'll refrain from sharing our thoughts so that we don't color your opinion on the matter.

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You have to admit, though. It seems like even the fakers are doing a good job.

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Which begs the question...

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Were any NEW couples made after two people participated in this exercise? I'd put my money on "yes."

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Said the photographer himself:

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"It was interesting to see how the different couples reacted. It seemed to be more challenging for the ‘real’ couples because it was rather intimate for them than for the friends who kissed ‘just for fun.’ All in all, we all had a blast creating these pictures." See his portfolio at Ben Lamberty's website here.