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He was hanging out one winter's afternoon, with his friends, at the remote AdiBadri Temple near the village of Alipur, in Rajasthan...so I asked him to smile. | Jay Weinstein

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In 2013, photographer Jay Weinstein wanted to photograph a man in Bikaner whose face he found extremely interesting. Hesitant to approach him, Weinstein turned his attention to others, but as he was leaving, the man said to him – “Mera bhi toh photo lo na?” Take my photo also, won’t you?

“He smiled, and he transformed in front of my eyes,” Weinstein said. “He suddenly seemed friendly and affable and approachable. In that minute, it became clear to me that this was an interesting idea.”

Four years later, his exhibition So I asked them to smile is on display at Mumbai’s Jehangir Art Gallery and comprises of 30 pairs of images shot all over India, each exploring two contrasting expressions on a single person’s face. In the first, they are somber and contemplative and in the second, they have broken into a wide grin.
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Since Indians rarely smile in everyday public situations, I cannot perceive photos of them smiling as "real". I did not read the above article fully, but what I feel is that most of the non-smile photos here are more interesting than the smiley ones. A smile somehow distracts from a person's character. My sense of unrealness probably stems from the fact that I know the people only smiled for the photographer.
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It should read 'comprises' and not 'comprises of'.
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Originally Posted by atala View Post Since Indians rarely smile in everyday public situations ...
I see lots of smiles!

The only situation in which I am [no longer] surprised to see people not smiling is women in their wedding photos.
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Originally Posted by Nick-H View Post ...

The only situation in which I am [no longer] surprised to see people not smiling is women in their wedding photos.
Nope, Nick! The era has gone now!!
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Originally Posted by Prakaant View Post Nope, Nick! The era has gone now!!
If so, then only a year or two ago!

Anyway. I say the pic in the opening post is not Indian at all. It is OldAndRambling dressed up! Or possible even Newworld.



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Originally Posted by Nick-H View Post The only situation in which I am [no longer] surprised to see people not smiling is women in their wedding photos.
Too funny! What's up with that??!! The bride and groom always seem to look as if it's the worst day of their lives. Early on I thought it might be because they were so tired after having their photos taken with hundreds of guests but then I realized nobody ever smiled.

As for the original photo I also like the non-smiling one. His smile looks forced. Though I do have some wonderful photos from my travels of people with genuine smiles.
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Originally Posted by Pani Puri View Post Too funny! What's up with that??!! The bride and groom always seem to look as if it's the worst day of their lives. ... ... ...

It might be. Many of them don't know yet!
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Originally Posted by atala View Post Since Indians rarely smile in everyday public situations, I cannot perceive photos of them smiling as "real". I did not read the above article fully, but what I feel is that most of the non-smile photos here are more interesting than the smiley ones. A smile somehow distracts from a person's character.
Karlifornia ! They even smile even in pain

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