The profound act of connecting intimately with strangers. I sometimes get this feeling when talking online to people who read my blog and we share confidences and support, though we’ve never met. But the rush of intimacy is all the stronger when you are interacting with a stranger in person.
This photographer who puts strangers on the street together for intimate embraces gets some truly lovely results in his work.
The whole concept is one that must fascinate me because, of course, it is about connection and I realise now that I’ve posted before on it: “Three of us neighbours converged on you and one of us called an ambulance. You weren’t drunk and you were all alone. You’re diabetic you told us. You knew this but you couldn’t tell us your name, the shock you were succumbing to was consuming you fast. I learned only afterwards that you’re 38 years old. You burst into tears and asked for your Mum. You said, I’m dying. I held your hand and told you again that an ambulance would be here soon.” …..and……… “Alaska made me realise we lost meaning once our survival was secured. The struggle for survival is the meaning, and if your survival’s even moderately in question, that ties you to others around you – it forces you to team up with them, depend on them, serve them. Real or imagined danger connects people, and our connection to others is scientifically proven to be the pinnacle of experience”.