Benoit Paillé seeks to break the individualism of the city with touching portraits of strangers.
The Canadian photographer Benoit Paillé, as he explains, "focuses on questioning the limits imposed by humanity." His profoundly powerful portraits of strangers are proof of this. His Stranger Project is based on breaking the social norm of not speaking or disturbing strangers. Paillé ignores this and establishes a brief but true encounter with the people he photographs. He talks to the chosen person and lets them know why he wants to photograph them. The main goal is to create a bond by “break the individualism and anonymity of the big city” and questioning the limits of social interaction in the modern world.
Each photograph is an insight on humanity and on the hidden human desire to reach out to another and leave the individualism behind, even if it is just for a brief moment.
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