Here’s What Happens When You “Kiss A Stranger” — 10 Before And After Photos

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Have you ever thought about walking up to a complete stranger and kissing them on the cheek? Chances are, you would get punched right in the face. Or would you? At the Roskilde Festival in Denmark, photographer Johanna Siring decided to do just that. And the before and after photos are quite interesting.
OK, we know what you’re thinking (or asking). She didn’t just walk up to these people and kiss them. She began by approaching each of the 10 individuals you’re about to see. It did not matter what race or gender. She took an initial portrait and then explained to them that she would like to give them a kiss, consensual of course. And when you see the “after” photos, it’s clear to see that their demeanor totally changed.
But why is that? Johanna, who is Norwegian and based in New York, believes there might be a biological reason for this. “Kissing sparks all the nerve endings in your lips causing a release of dopamine and a surge in oxytocin,” said Johanna in an interview with i-D magazine. “It’s an instantaneous stress reliever and creates an immediate emotional bond between two people.”
Johanna entitled the project “Kiss of a Stranger”. She basically believes that we can all easily connect with new people. And to be honest, that’s what this world needs. “We are all just human beings with the same basic instincts,” Johanna continues in the interview with i-D. “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.”
Check out the 10 before and after photos and then be sure to visit Johanna’s website at johannasiring.com.
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