In 2013, the Australian traveler and photographer Jay Weinstein met power of smile Portraits that changed everything. While wandering the streets in Bikaner, India, Jay spotted a man leaning against a row of motorbikes. The photographer was immediately drawn to the stranger, but felt it was best to avoid him. “Take my Portraits too!” the man shouted at Jay, who was shooting nearby objects, and Jay replied with a simple “Smile!”
This encounter started an almost decade-long mission of capturing strangers on the streets of the world, before and after them smiling. The simple act, sometimes genuine, other times forced, bears the transformative powers that lighten up the face and seemingly open up the soul within.
So let’s take a look at Jay’s captivating portraits from his ongoing “so I asked them to smile” series that, according to the author, documents the very universal side of smiling: that which “overcomes religion, ethnicity, class, gender, and language.”
After you’re done, check out our previous posts with smiling people here and here.
Power Of Smile
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