Richard Renaldi launched his Kickstarter on June 21, 2013 in an effort to raise $10,000…today his Kickstarter fund sits at $80,943. What was Richard trying to do?

Richard is planning on publishing a photo book in 2014 on which he has worked since 2007. The book will contain a series of photographs for which Renaldi asked complete strangers to physically interact while posing together for a portrait. The images were shot with a large format 8-by-10 view camera, Renaldi encounters his subjects in towns and cities all over the United States.

Why do you think people were so moved to give well above Richard’s $10,000 goal?

Here are several images:

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