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Photographer Captures Her Subjects Before And After Kissing Them

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Photographer Captures Her Subjects Before And After Kissing Them

Johanna Siring believes in complimenting strangers. If you have a positive thought about someone, you should share it immediately.

And in her "Kiss of a Stranger" series, she takes that mantra one step further. Rather than just compliment strangers, the Norwegian photographer also kisses her subjects.

The series was shot at Roskilde Festival in Denmark. Her subjects ranged in gender, age, and ethnicity. The common thread here? All these people agreed to be photographed, kissed by Johanna, and then photographed again.

"Some would give me a quick kiss and then die of laughter afterwards, while some went straight for making out," she says. "The most interesting part was that I kind of felt that I knew them a little bit after the kiss, and I think this feeling is reflected in the second portraits."

The most interesting part was that I kind of felt that I knew them a little bit after the kiss, and I think this feeling is reflected in the second portraits.

What a wild way to bond with strangers, right?

"Kissing sparks all the nerve endings in your lips," Johanna says, "causing a release of dopamine and a surge in oxytocin. It's an instantaneous stress reliever and creates an immediate emotional bond between two people."

What motivates Johana to photograph and meet all these strangers? Her work is driven by the belief that everyone has a story that deserves to be told.

By creating new relationships and learning about the thoughts and ideas of strangers, we might be able to build bridges and combat ignorance and judgement.

"You can always learn from each other," she says. "In today's whirlwind of news stories that revolve around actions of hate, I feel it's more important than ever to communicate how easily we can learn to know someone, and the fact that we are all just human beings with the same basic instincts.

By creating new relationships and learning about the thoughts and ideas of strangers, we might be able to build bridges and combat ignorance and judgement."

Find more of Johana's work on her website.

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