Caring touch is said to relieve pain and stress. The photographer is both from a family and a country that do not touch, and this has affected not only her habits of touch, but also her experience of it. Hugging a close friend feels like nothing more than a gesture. This project is a therapeutic experiment about being in close physical contact with dear friends. The photographs do not represent how strange the experience of the touch feels, but how it could feel, "warm and fuzzy", as put by one of the people in the pictures. Close Encounters invites one to re-evaluate the touch culture present today, and to consider the potential benefits of caring touch.
Cirstyn Brown • Lara Cappelli • Egle Kisieliute • Katariina Leinonen • Stewart Main • Kelly Muir • Laura Prieto •