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20 Portraits Of People Before And After Photographer Jay Weinstein Asked Them To Smile (New Pics)

Published 4 months ago

So I asked them to smile is a photography project started by Australian traveler and photographer Jay Weinstein back in 2013. In his project, the photographer takes portraits of people from all over the world before and after asking them to smile, and it’s absolutely amazing to see how something as simple as a smile can completely change a person.

Back in 2013, Jay visited India and while walking around the streets of Bikaner, he noticed a man leaning against some motorbikes. And even though he felt drawn to him, Jay decided to avoid him just in case and started shooting nearby objects when the man suddenly shouted “Take my picture too!”. The photographer did not hesitate and took the stranger’s portrait after asking him to smile. And it was this simple encounter that inspired Jay to start the so I asked them to smile project.

We’ve already featured some of Jay’s portraits before here, and now he’s back with even more – check them out in the gallery below!

More info: Jay Weinstein | Instagram | Facebook | SoIAskedThemToSmile.com

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He was walking down the street lined with cafes and bars, as the sun set over colorful Fitzroy, in Melbourne, Australia… So I asked him to smile

#2

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He was standing one morning, outside the open door to a home in an old Hutong neighborhood, near the forbidden city in Beijing, China… So I asked him to smile

#3

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She was with a group of dancers, taking a break from recording a church choir music video on the helipad of the Kenyatta international convention center, while the sun set over Nairobi, Kenya… So I asked her to smile

#4

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He was standing at his stall, in front of the train station one afternoon, as the entire city of Thiruvananthapuram went on a three-day strike in Kerela, India… So I asked him to smile

#5

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He was waiting for the traffic light to turn green one evening, as I walked across a busy traffic intersection in Koramangala, Bengaluru, Karnataka… So I asked him to smile

#6

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She was playing with a friend one evening outside the family house in the village of Turtuk, Ladakh, India… So I asked her to smile

#7

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He was walking down a street with a group of pilgrims one morning, as I wandered the ancient pilgrimage town of Dwarka in Gujarat, India… So I asked him to smile

#8

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She was passing by, as I wandered a park one afternoon with my sister in Shanghai, China… So I asked her to smile

#9

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She was with a her family, outside their simple home in the village of Gaudium, one rainy afternoon in west Bengal, India… So I asked her to smile

#10

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He was sitting outside a shop one afternoon as I explored the the vibrant and colorful shops and homes on the outskirts of Nairobi, Kenya… So I asked him to smile

#11

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He was standing outside his family compound, promptly invited us in for chai and rotis, as we explored the village of Bel Van in Uttar Pradesh, India… So I asked him to smile

#12

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He was standing outside a house that looked out over the village square in Khonoma, Nagaland, north-east India… So I asked him to smile

#13

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He was waiting in traffic, as I crossed the street one evening in the Koramangala area of Bengaluru, Karnataka… So I asked him to smile

#14

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He was playing cricket with friends one morning, in the midst of countless other cricket games running simultaneously in the oval Maidan park in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India… So I asked him to smile

#15

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He was in his dimly lit shop as the sky faded into night in the village of Tharangambadi, as we waited for a bus in Tamil Nadu, India… So I asked him to smile

#16

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He was leaving the quiet square outside the Sri Krishna matha temple in Udupi, as I wandered amongst peaceful pilgrims one morning in Karnataka, India… So I asked him to smile

#17

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He was watching as I photographed a group of kids one morning, while nearby villagers watched and laughed in Kakhsar, Gujarat, India… so I asked him to smile

#18

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He was painting a house as I wandered narrow lanes in the friendly and ancient village of Yavat one evening, in rural Uttar Pradesh, India… So I asked him to smile

#19

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He was walking near the Lavander metro station one hazy afternoon in Singapore… So I asked him to smile

#20

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He was walking down the cafe, bar and restaurant studded street, with a friend, as the sun set over the inner city neighbourhood of Singapore… So I asked him to smile

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One day, this guy just kind of figured - "I spend most of my time on the internet anyway, why not turn it into a profession?" - and he did! Now he not only gets to browse the latest cat videos and fresh memes every day but also shares them with people all over the world, making sure they stay up to date with everything that's trending on the web. Some things that always pique his interest are old technologies, literature and all sorts of odd vintage goodness. So if you find something that's too bizarre not to share, make sure to hit him up!

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