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Contrasting Portraits Show How A Smile Can Change Your Perception Of Someone
By Yoon Sann Wong, 01 Aug 2016
During a trip to Bikaner in India, photographer Jay Weinstein was near a train station when a man on the street caught his eye.
Weinstein was keen to photograph the man but stopped short due to the subject’s stern and intimidating façade.
After avoiding him and proceeding to capture other subjects, the man called out to Weinstein, saying, “Take my picture too!”
“Smile,” Weinstein replied before capturing his portrait. The man’s solemn expression was transformed into one that boasted a warm and radiant smile. It was at this moment that Weinstein was inspired to initiate his photo series ‘So I Asked Them To Smile’.
Since then, Weinstein has been capturing contrasting portraits of strangers along his travels–one in which they are smiling and one without the toothy grin.
“Its goal is to recreate the mindset from which we view a stranger, and then witness as our assumptions transform with their smile,” explained the photographer on this series.
Enjoy some of his images below. You can follow the project on Facebook or Instagram account ‘soiaskedthemtosmile’.
[via Bored Panda, images by Jay Weinstein and featured with permission]
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