A really neat segment from CBS’ Steve Hartman about New York photographer Richard Rinaldi, who is working on a photo project whereby he finds strangers on the street and then pairs them up in intimate poses, sometimes romantic, other times familial, always loving.
What’s particularly interesting is how the people tend to come away from the shoot really happy, contented, feeling as if they in fact shared a tender moment with someone, even though the moment was staged, and the person a complete stranger.
I love Rinaldi’s camera too.
I’ve always been into photography since I was a kid, and I’m particularly impressed by photographers who can set their subjects at ease. I remember back to the Jeff Gannon story, Vanity Fair was going to write about it (and did), and they sent a photographer, Nigel Parry, to my apartment in DC to get some photos.
What an interesting guy. He must have taken two hours to set up, and a lot of that time was spent talking to me, learning about my work, trying to get a feel for what I do, and putting me at ease. (He got some great photos, that they ended up not using, but at least I have signed copies and got to assist in detail on the shooting of one in particular :)
Parry was telling me about the time he photographed Lady Diana. He met her wherever she was staying at the time, in order to get photos of her at home. And she was dressed very properly, and was totally not relaxed at all. I remember him telling me that he asked her what she likes to do to relax, or something like that, and she mentioned watching TV with her kids (this was back in 2005, but this is more or less how I remember the story). He asked her what she wore when hanging out with the kids, and she said jeans and a t-shirt. So he suggested she go put them on, she did, and was 100% more relaxed. In the end he got some great photos.
It really is a skill being able to put people at ease when they know a camera is pointing at them. (I tend to prefer to just get them used to my camera, then snap shops when they’re not quite aware of what I’m doing.) This is a neat project that Rinaldi is working on, and a beautiful segment from CBS. Here are a few screen shots from the CBS segment (many of them Rinaldi’s photos), and then the CBS segment at the bottom.