17 Photos Will Change The Way You Look At Strangers

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The word “stranger” conjures up all sorts of thoughts, and many of them aren’t positive. After all, a stranger is unknown, and it’s often the unknown that scares us, but as these beautiful photographs prove, it’s amazing how transformative a simple smile can be.

The pictures were taken by Jay Weinstein, a Mumbai-based Hindi-speaking photographer of Australian-American-Ukrainian-English heritage. They’re part of a collection called “…so I asked them to smile“, which began in Rajasthan back in 2013 when he saw a man he wanted to photograph.

The look in his eye and hisstony, stern face intimidated me,” write Weinstein on his Facebook page. “It’s always that moment of hesitation that kills a shot! I ended up avoiding him and photographing other subjects until I heard his jovial voice, “Take my picture too!” Camera lens focused, my finger poised to fire. ‘Smile’, I called out. And he was transformed. His face radiated warmth, his eyes sparkled with a humor I had completely missed. Even his posture softened. I knew then what my next project would be.

More info: so i asked them to smile | jay weinstein | facebook | demilked (h/t: boredpanda)

1 Juhu, Mumbai, India

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2 Vrindavan, Uttar Pradesh, India

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3 Vrindavan, Uttar Pradesh, India

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4 Hampi, Karnataka, India

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5 Tyrna Village, Meghalaya, India

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6 Bagru Village, Rajasthan, India

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7 Kakhsar Village, Gujarat, India

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8 Kakhsar Village, Gujarat, India

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9 Vrindavan, Uttar Pradesh, India

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10 Latikynsew Village, Meghalaya, North East India

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11 Danda Village Jetty, Mumbai, India

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12 Bandra, Mumbai, India

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13 Pune, Maharasthra, India

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14 Jagannath Puri, Odisha, India

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15 Outside St Xavier’s College, Mumbai, India

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16 Kakhsar Village, Gujarat, India

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17 Jagannath Puri, Odisha, India

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