Brooklyn, NY - Photography Project Turns Into Lesson In Orthodoxy
Brooklyn, NY - A local photographer shooting a series called “Touching Strangers” for an upcoming book learned a valuable lesson the other day when he was forced to relocate to Crown Heights after being unsuccessful in finding an ultra-Orthodox Jewish man willing to pose with a complete stranger in Williamsburg.
The NEW YORK TIMES (http://nyti.ms/13pKLWg) reports that the photographer, Richard Renaldi, stopped in Williamsburg as part of his project that attempts to have complete strangers pose together with their bodies touching as if they are intimately involved.
After hours of rejection from Williamsburg ultra-Orthodox, he was informed by a kindly ultra-Orthodox man that “imaging” is frowned upon and that he’d be better off trying Crown Heights or Borough Park where Orthodox Jews are “more open.”
Upon landing in Crown Heights, the first Orthodox Jewish man he asked, 24 year-old Yeshiva student Shalom Lasker, agreed to pose for the picture.
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