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20 Images of People Before and After They were asked to Smile

Jay Weinstein an Australian Photographer tests this idea in his project “so I asked them to smile” exploring the smiles of strangers in 6 countries that took 5 years.

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.
She was walking down St. Kilda Beach as the sun set over Melbourne, Australia…so I asked her to smile.
She was playing with a friend one evening, while they washed pots outside the family house in the village of Turtuk, Ladakh, India…so i asked her to smile.
She was chatting with a friend one afternoon as I explored a neighborhood near Embu in the Eastern Province of Kenya
She was walking with a friend on the red brick sidewalk, towards the cafes and restaurants of Mt. Lawley, just after the sun set over Perth, Western Australia…so i asked her to smile.
He was walking along the stone Ghat steps one evening, after a storm had come through Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India…so i asked him to smile.
Kisama, Nagaland, North-East India
He was walking towards me one foggy morning, along a mud path through the fields on the banks of the Yamuna river in Vrindavan, Uttar Pradesh, India…so i asked him to smile.
She was walking with a friend one morning, as the quite streets of Fort Kochi slowly came to life in Kerala, India…so i asked her to smile.
She was playing with her dad on their small farm near Laitkynsew village, Meghalaya, North-East India…so I asked her to smile

Instagram- Jay Weinstein

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