Tom Wilson once said, “A smile is happiness you’ll find right under your nose.“ A smile can change someone’s day for good. It can change the day of the person doing it as well as the person seeing it.
It is a simple, yet very powerful expression and perhaps the most positive one. A photographer, Jay Weinstein, decided to test this concept in a project by taking pictures of people before they smile and when they smile.
In his pictures, you will see how a smile changes everything…literally everything. It changes the whole picture and not just the mood. His pictures also show that a smile is unique to every individual and that it’s sometimes hard to know how beautiful they look when they smile until they do.
“He was wandering home one evening with his friend, walking along the stone wall-lined lanes that cut through the lush fields of Hundar, in the starkly stunning Nubra Valley of Ladakh, Jammu & Kashmir, India…so I asked him to smile.”
“He was hunched over the remains of a fire and empty pot of tea as I approached his house one afternoon in Muthatari, near Embu, in the Eastern Province of Kenya…so I asked him to smile.”
“She was playing on the streets with her friends one evening as I wandered around the old town of Leh, in Ladakh, Jammu & Kashmir, India…so I asked her to smile”.
“He was playing with his brothers in the family compound, having just returned from school and discarding his uniform one humid afternoon in Nirdoi, a sleepy village on the banks of the river Ganges, in West Bengal, India…so i asked him to smile.”
“She was walking with her friends one evening as I photographed a donkey enclosure in the beautiful and isolated plateau village of Turtuk, Ladakh, in the state of Jammu and Kashmir, India…so I asked her to smile.”
“She was playing with her mom on a dirt lane off the main road as I explored the the vibrant and colorful shops and homes on the outskirts of Nairobi, Kenya…so I asked her to smile.”
“She was playing outside her home in the village of Kakhsar, Gujarat, India…so I asked her to smile.”
“She was exploring the stunningly restored, 1300-year-old Kaiyuan temple complex one evening in Quanzhou, Fujian, China…so I asked her to smile.”
“He was waiting in line at 7 AM outside the post office opening at 11 AM, that exchanges invalidated 500 and 1000 rupee notes for newly printed currency, in Jojowar, Rajasthan, India…so I asked him to smile.”
“He was playing with friends and family one afternoon in the web of narrow lanes that make up the old part of the ancient city of Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India…so i asked him to smile.”