If you happen to meet photographer Hemya Moran you may just end up in one of her intimate theatrical photographs. In her series ‘Intimate Strangers’ Moran asks people she meets to play her mother, sister, friend, or lover while photographed in their homes and personal spaces… even in their beds.
“I ask them to look at me, to think of me, to remember me,” explains Moran. “The encounter is unusual and brief, creating feelings that have an infinite number of meanings as well as a unique, magical moment that overcomes the stale and perfunctory nature of existence.”
Asking average strangers to become performers gives a unique authenticity to the images. Not like the authenticity that come with capturing a candid moment, a more complex sense of camera-consciousness and social awkwardness.