First Impressions Are Often Wrong, And These 29 Photos Are Proof Of That

First Impressions Are Often Wrong, And These 29 Photos Are Proof Of That
Jay Weinstein

You'll never look at a stranger the same way again after viewing these photos...


In December 2013, a photographer named Jay Weinstein was on a trip to Bikaner in the deserts of Rajasthan, India, when he spotted a man that piqued his interest. His first desire was to photograph the stranger, but the look of fierce intimidation stopped him in his tracks.

He relayed on Bored Panda that he ended up avoiding the man until the stranger jovially called out, “Take my picture, too!”

He writes:

“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. So I Asked Them To Smile was born. I wanted to document the effect of the human smile on a strangers face.

In the days, months and years that followed, I asked random people on my photography adventures (mostly on the streets of India) to pose unsmiling and with a smile. These images are the heart of my project. Its goal is to recreate the mindset from which we view a stranger, and then witness as our assumptions transform with their smile.”


It’s easy to ignore a stranger based upon the lack of warmth they might be exuding, but that demeanor can be transformed in an instant, as Weinstein found out. Following are 29 photos the India/Australia-based photographer captured.

“So there are no names. No occupations. No confirmed religions or ethnicity. No intriguing life lessons or heart strumming anecdotes. Just one human face. Without, and with a smile.”


You can learn more about the photographer by visiting his Facebook page.

#1 Vrindavan, Uttar Pradesh, India

First Impressions Are Often Wrong, And These 29 Photos Are Proof Of That - Vrindavan, Uttar Pradesh, India
Jay Weinstein

#2 Hampi, Karnataka, India

First Impressions Are Often Wrong, And These 29 Photos Are Proof Of That - Hampi, Karnataka, India
Jay Weinstein

#3 Juhu, Mumbai, India

First Impressions Are Often Wrong, And These 29 Photos Are Proof Of That - Juhu, Mumbai, India
Jay Weinstein

#4 Tyrna Village, Meghalaya, India

First Impressions Are Often Wrong, And These 29 Photos Are Proof Of That - Tyrna Village, Meghalaya, India
Jay Weinstein

#5 Vrindavan, Uttar Pradesh, India

First Impressions Are Often Wrong, And These 29 Photos Are Proof Of That - Vrindavan, Uttar Pradesh, India
Jay Weinstein

#6 Kakhsar Village, Gujarat, India

First Impressions Are Often Wrong, And These 29 Photos Are Proof Of That - Kakhsar Village, Gujarat, India
Jay Weinstein

#7 Bandra, Mumbai, India

First Impressions Are Often Wrong, And These 29 Photos Are Proof Of That - Bandra, Mumbai, India
Jay Weinstein

#8 Danda Village Jetty, Mumbai, India

First Impressions Are Often Wrong, And These 29 Photos Are Proof Of That - Danda Village Jetty, Mumbai, India
Jay Weinstein

#9 Bagru Village, Rajasthan, India

First Impressions Are Often Wrong, And These 29 Photos Are Proof Of That - Bagru Village, Rajasthan, India
Jay Weinstein

#10 Kakhsar Village, Gujarat, India

First Impressions Are Often Wrong, And These 29 Photos Are Proof Of That - Kakhsar Village, Gujarat, India
Jay Weinstein

#11 Vrindavan, Uttar Pradesh, India

First Impressions Are Often Wrong, And These 29 Photos Are Proof Of That - Vrindavan, Uttar Pradesh, India
Jay Weinstein

#12 Latikynsew Village, Meghalaya, North East India

First Impressions Are Often Wrong, And These 29 Photos Are Proof Of That - Latikynsew Village, Meghalaya, North East India
Jay Weinstein

#13 Jagannath Puri, Odisha, India

First Impressions Are Often Wrong, And These 29 Photos Are Proof Of That - Jagannath Puri, Odisha, India
Jay Weinstein

#14 Vrindavan, Uttar Pradesh, India

First Impressions Are Often Wrong, And These 29 Photos Are Proof Of That - Vrindavan, Uttar Pradesh, India
Jay Weinstein

#15 Khonoma, Nagaland, North-east India

First Impressions Are Often Wrong, And These 29 Photos Are Proof Of That - Khonoma, Nagaland, North-east India
Jay Weinstein

#16 Ral Village, Uttar Pradesh, India

First Impressions Are Often Wrong, And These 29 Photos Are Proof Of That - Ral Village, Uttar Pradesh, India
Jay Weinstein

#17 Outside St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai, India

First Impressions Are Often Wrong, And These 29 Photos Are Proof Of That - Outside St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai, India
Jay Weinstein

#18 Kakhsar Village, Gujarat, India

First Impressions Are Often Wrong, And These 29 Photos Are Proof Of That - Kakhsar Village, Gujarat, India
Jay Weinstein

#19 Jagannath Puri, Odisha, India

First Impressions Are Often Wrong, And These 29 Photos Are Proof Of That - Jagannath Puri, Odisha, India
Jay Weinstein

#20 Danda Village Jetty, Mumbai, India

First Impressions Are Often Wrong, And These 29 Photos Are Proof Of That - Danda Village Jetty, Mumbai, India
Jay Weinstein

#21 Juhu Beach, Mumbai, India

First Impressions Are Often Wrong, And These 29 Photos Are Proof Of That - Juhu Beach, Mumbai, India
Jay Weinstein

#22 Pune, Maharashtra, India

First Impressions Are Often Wrong, And These 29 Photos Are Proof Of That - Pune, Maharashtra, India
Jay Weinstein

#23 Barsana, Uttar Pradesh, India

First Impressions Are Often Wrong, And These 29 Photos Are Proof Of That - Barsana, Uttar Pradesh, India
Jay Weinstein

#24 Tyrna Village, Meghalaya, India

First Impressions Are Often Wrong, And These 29 Photos Are Proof Of That - Tyrna Village, Meghalaya, India
Jay Weinstein

#25 Vrindavan, Uttar Pradesh, India

First Impressions Are Often Wrong, And These 29 Photos Are Proof Of That - Vrindavan, Uttar Pradesh, India
Jay Weinstein

#26 Kohima, Nagaland, North-east India

First Impressions Are Often Wrong, And These 29 Photos Are Proof Of That - Kohima, Nagaland, North-east India
Jay Weinstein

#27 Vrindavan, Uttar Pradesh, India

First Impressions Are Often Wrong, And These 29 Photos Are Proof Of That - Vrindavan, Uttar Pradesh, India
Jay Weinstein

#28 Vrindavan, Uttar Pradesh, India

First Impressions Are Often Wrong, And These 29 Photos Are Proof Of That - Vrindavan, Uttar Pradesh, India
Jay Weinstein

#29 Juhu Beach, Mumbai, India

First Impressions Are Often Wrong, And These 29 Photos Are Proof Of That - Juhu Beach, Mumbai, India
Jay Weinstein

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7 comments

  1. Power of the visual is lost by putting the portrait side by side. Instead, i suggest having a 'reveal' feature which actually allows the reader to make a first impression, which can then be stripped away by the second portrait.

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  2. Part of me feels like this is a half-measure. But how do you dismantle orientalism? strong effort.

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