“So I Asked Them To Smile”: 20 Portraits Of Strangers That Show The Power Of Smiling (New Pics)

The dazzling transformation an authentic smile brings to someone’s face has been captured in a stunning series of photographs. Smiling is universally considered to be a way we display joy. It can communicate our internal world to people on the outside. And it can be a welcoming sign to new people.

‘So I Asked Them To Smile’ is a minimalist photography project exploring the smiles of strangers around the world by Australian-born Jay Weinstein. Having spent most of his life in India, Jay knows the country pretty well. He also organizes small-group tours where people can explore its unique culture. Most of the photos in the series were shot in India. But the photographer also visited countries like China, Singapore, Kenya, and Nepal.

His pictures also show that a smile is unique to every individual. The moment people smiled, Weinstein was struck by the effect it had on their faces, instantly making the once intimidating person appear warm and friendly. 

See some of Jay’s beautiful portraits in the gallery below!

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He was walking in a park near the Long Museum, as the sunset over the mighty Yangtze River, near the West Bund in Shanghai, China…so I asked him to smile.

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He was at the little roadside shop with school friends one afternoon, as I photographed people though the clouds of dust and heavy winds in the crossroad market of Kiritiri, Eastern Province, Kenya…so I asked him to smile.

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He was playing with his family one morning, as the warm sun rose in Vrindavan, Uttar Pradesh, India…so i asked him to smile.

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He was walking toward me one evening, as I explored the outer edge of Vrindavan, Uttar Pradesh, India…so i asked him to smile.

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He was offering his respects to hundreds of other locals, as the vibrant Jagannath Ratha Yatra procession passed by on the humid streets of Mayapur, West Bengal, India…so I asked him to smile.

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He was walking down a colonnade of covered shops, restaurants, and cafes one afternoon, as I felt right at home wandered the streets around ‘Little India’ in Singapore…so I asked him to smile.

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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.

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She was creating art, perched atop an ornamental bridge within the magnificent West Lake Gardens one afternoon, in Hangzhou in the Zhejiang Province of China…so i asked her to smile.

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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.

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I was wandering the streets one afternoon as she walked purposefully towards me on her way to somewhere else in Singapore…so i asked her to smile.

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She was exiting the @netballaust building one evening, as I explored the colorful streets of Fitzroy, in Melbourne, Australia…so I asked her to smile.

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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.

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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.

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She was walking down a busy street as evening arrived in Fitzroy, a colorful suburb of Melbourne, Australia…so I asked her to smile.

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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.

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She was walking with her son one morning, in the residential neighborhood I was wandering in Dwarka, Gujarat, India…so I asked her to smile.

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We were driving from Hundar, when we stopped to talk to and photograph him and his workmates, as they labored under the harsh sun making the road to Pong gong Tso Lake in Ladakh, India…so i asked him to smile.

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He was sitting on a wooden bench warming himself in the winter morning sun as we drove through Govardhan Town, in Uttar Pradesh, India…so i asked him to smile.

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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.

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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.

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20 Incredible Images of the Olympics’ Athletes That Show What the Human Body Is Capable of

Tokyo 2020 Olympics has been the topic of the internet recently. Even though there was a delay due to Covid, a lot of athletes were in excellent shape to bring golden medals to their countries. The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games launched on Friday 23 July with the opening ceremony, although the sporting action actually kicked off a couple of days earlier. It all comes to an end on Sunday 8 August, with the Olympics officially lasting a total of 17 days.

I can’t even imagine the joy one experiences when they have that gold medal around their neck. All the hard work, the sacrifice pay off in the best way possible. And this is not just a personal win, you’re representing a whole country that has its eyes on you in that moment of competition.

What we see on the TV are just the results of a long preparation. If the athlete wins we are proud, if they lose, we are quick to judge. However, today we want to give you the real image of what happens behind the scenes. There are a lot of things these athletes go through in order to achieve that shape and get qualified for the Olympics. Therefore, today we are bringing some of that footage that often goes unseen. Scroll down below to check it out. And let us know what you think of this year’s Olympic games.

1. Weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz became the first Olympic gold medalist for the Philippines

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2. 8 F**king times in Olympics. Take a bow

3. This was Canadian Mark McMorris 11 months ago. Today he is an Olympic Bronze medalist. Amazing.

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4. Feet from Dutch Olympic swimming champion Maarten Van der Weijden after swimming 163 km/101 mi in 55 hours to raise money for cancer research

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5. After sixteen stages in Tour de France I think my legs look little tired

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6. In 2009 J.R. Celski sliced through his entire left quadriceps with his right skate blade at the U.S. Olympic trials

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My first major sports injury happened at the 2010 U.S. Short Track Speed Skating Olympic Trials. It was the competition I had to do well at in order to secure a spot on my first Olympic team. The fall happened in one of the last races of the competition, the 500 meters, known for absolute top speed. I fell in the corner and put the front six inches of my blade straight into my quad. I bounced off the pads with the blade still in my leg, looked down, and had to pull it out myself because of the awkward position that I was in.

I completely severed the VMO “teardrop muscle” and luckily barely missed the femoral artery which might’ve been the end. It was one of the most difficult things I’ve ever gone through, especially because in the moments after, I started realizing that I might not be able to achieve the goal I set out for in the first place. If not for the people around me including my family, friends, and medical staff, I wouldn’t have been able to get back on my feet, especially in time to go to the Olympics and win two medals.

7. The Difference Between Gold and Silver in the 15km mass start Biathlon

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8. I Was Born With A Condition: Pectus Excavatum. Which I Know Sounds Like A Harry Potter Spell. My Deformity Began Appearing Around Age 10

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My name is Cody Miller. I am not a typical Olympic swimmer. Like most sports the taller you are the better… Most swimmers are incredibly tall, well above 6ft… I’m 5’11 and only weigh 170lbs. More often than not, I’m the smallest person in the pool.

My condition puts stress on my respiratory system. Tests have shown that my sunken sternum and odd placement of other bones have caused a reduced lung capacity… To what extent is unknown. Doctors have said my maximum breathing capacity is likely reduced by 12-20%. Also… I’m diagnosed as asthmatic… Which I learned, from studies run on me in college, has nothing to do with my pectus condition. I live with difficult circumstances as a swimmer. Despite my disadvantages, I’ve dedicated my life to swimming… And I’ve never given up. Like a lot of you, I have struggled with body image problems throughout my life. I struggled with my appearance from a young age. I was a kid who was afraid to take off his shirt in gym class… people thought I was weird. At swim meets, I walked around the pool deck awkwardly while people stared and pointed at me.

I was weird and abnormal… However, I’ve realized this: No one is 100% satisfied with the way they look. Everyone has something about themselves they dislike. And that’s OK! Professional athletes, models… everyone has their own insecurities! I’ve embraced the fact that I have a giant hole in my chest! It’s OK! Monday night. June 27th, 2016 in Omaha Nebraska. USA Swimming Olympic Trials took place at the CenturyLink Center live on NBC, in front of a crowd of 17,500 people, I swam in lane 5 of the Finals of the men’s 100-meter breaststroke.

Only 2 athletes per event qualify for the Olympic Games. 2 swimmers to represent the U.S.A in the 100-meter breaststroke… I’d been dreaming about this moment my entire life. One wrong move and it’s over… The pressure of a lifelong dream… Years and years of training. Thousands and thousands of hours of preparation for a race that lasts 59 seconds… 2 lengths of the pool… 1 start… 1 turn… 1 finish… 1 moment… 1 opportunity… I did it… The feeling is still indescribable… I qualified for the Rio Olympics. My new Olympic teammate and I hug. Seeing the Olympic rings next to my name… I try not to cry… I did… like a baby…

9. Never forget that Australia’s first ever winter olympics gold was won because the guy was coming dead last and everyone in front of him fell over.

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10. Team USA Basketball Player Deandre Jordan (6’11”) and Gymnast Ragan Smith (4’6″)

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11. An x-ray of a gymnast performing an exercise

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12. Leg muscles of the first perfect 10 in olympic history, at age 14. Nadia Comaneci

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13. Ex-World Champion Cyclist Janez Brajkovic Leg After A Race

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14. The hands of Olympic swimming champion van der Weijden after a 163km swim

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15. Hungarian weightlifter Janos Baranyai’s right arm gave, ripping apart ligaments and muscle under the weight

He pushed himself to lift 148 kilograms (326.3 pounds) during the men’s 77kg weightlifting competition at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games.

16. Acrobatic Gymnastics Elite And Level 10 Training Camp At Karolyis Olympic Training Site

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17. USA Men’s Volleyball Player David Lee 6’8″ and USA Gymnast Simone Biles 4’8″

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18. Anyone want to hold my hand

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19. Verified on the eve of US nationals

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20. When you spend every day on a bike vs. When you retire and ride casually

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