These Powerful Photos Of Smiles Will Change The Way You Look At Strangers

When you’re going about your daily life, have you ever stopped and noticed what your face is doing? Are you sitting there smiling as you browse Instagram? Is your brow furrowed as you start intently?

Often when we are mindlessly walking through life, especially when we are alone, our faces may not express what we are feeling on the inside. Even if we are sad or happy, our exteriors may just show a simple facade.

Photography Jay Weinstein started this photo series, So I Asked Them To Smile,  during a trip to India. One day while at a train station in Rajasthan, he noticed a man he wanted to photograph. The man’s unsmiling face appealed to Weinstein as a photography subject, but also intimidated him.

Weinstein hesitated and instead photographed someone else nearby, only to hear the original man cry out to him to take his picture instead. The man’s lit up face, smiling at Weinstein, inspired the project, and Weinstein has been taking pictures of people smiling and unsmiling ever since.


4-Year-Old Honors Late Mother By Wearing Her Wedding Dress In Beautiful Photo Shoot

Losing a loved one is never easy, and losing a parent is particularly difficult.

Little Nora Davis, a 4-year-old from North Carolina, may only have a few memories of her mother as she grows up, but thanks to a dying wish and idea of her mother, Amber Davis, she’ll have some understanding of how much her mother loved her.

Amber Davis was diagnosed with a rare type of cervical cancer only a couple years after having Nora. Though Amber went through radiation and chemotherapy, she ultimately lost her battle with the cancer and passed away at the age of 27. Before passing, however, she had the idea of doing a photoshoot of Nora in her wedding dress. Amber’s husband and Nora’s father, Derek Davis, dressed his daughter in Amber’s wedding dress, wedding band, and diamond earrings and they headed to the exact same wedding venue where the couple got married years prior.


Photographer Heidi Spillane says the shoot was a beautiful way to pay tribute to the bond that mothers and daughters share, even after death. “She saw it as a way for Nora to remember her Mama once she passed away,” says Spillane. “She wanted me to promise I would do it when she was gone.”


According to Spillane, it wasn’t a sad day. It was emotional, but enjoyable, and Nora loved every moment. “She was beaming with pride in her mommy’s dress,” says Spillane. “She loved every minute of it. She would look at the picture of her mom standing in the same spot and touch the dress. It was a really special thing to witness.”


Thousands Of Red Poppies Spill Out Of Welsh Castle To Remember World War 1 Soldiers

A beautiful display of red poppies in Wales is leaving people awe struck and stopping them in their tracks.  Nigel Hinds, the executive producer of the exhibition, created it to honor World War 1 Soldiers.The artwork is called Weeping Window as the flowers are pouring out from a window.

“We have got over 5,000 poppies here, representing probably a fraction of the Royal Welch Fusiliers who died in the First World War,” said Tom Pipe, the projects Designer. The work marks the centenary of the Battle of the Somme, which was a battle where Welsh fusiliers played an important role.

A portion of the flowers come from a sculpture that was a part of a show at the 2014 Tower of London show which attracted five million visitors. Paul Cummins the creator the project created over 800,000 poppies;  each red flower was handmade and represents the death of a member of the Allied forces.

“The poppies have a remarkable ability to bring generations together to share stories of the First World War,” said Hinds. “Caernarfon Castle is a poignant and fitting place for Weeping Window to be presented as part of its tour of the UK.”

This Is The Reason Why Some Great Depression Photos Were Punched With Holes

The Great Depression was a turning point for the United States, but culturally, economically, and socially. It was such a low that today our government does whatever it can to prevent such a time from happening again. Through it all, however, it was a such a defining era in U.S. history, that we will never forget it, and looking back at that time is somewhat fascinating.

By the time the Great Depression took hold, journalism and photography were joined firmly hand in hand, and many journalists and photographers set out to document this historic time, giving faces to those who were suffering, and showcasing the people affected by the Depression. Many, many iconic photos came out of that era, but there were also some that never hit the press, thanks to one man – Roy Stryker.


Stryker was the director of the Farm Security Administration’s documentary photography program. The FSA was a program that aimed to fight rural poverty, and the documentary photography program was there to record the people and their plight. Stryker as editor of the program demanded the best out of his photographers, and though he gave them extensive information about their assignments before sending them out to the field, he was a bit of a “tyrannical editor” when it came to defining what the “best” photographs were.

When photographers would turn in their assignments, Stryker was notorious for punching holes through the negatives of photos he didn’t like, “killing” the photo.


Naturally, this infuriated photographers at the time, who may have liked or had emotional attachments to the photos they were turning in. Luckily, the hole punch negatives mostly still persisted, and in their own right still show an iconic era in U.S. history, despite the big black dot that sits on most of them. Today, they are stored at the Library of Congress and are on exhibition in New York City currently.


As Edwin Rosskam, a photographer at the time, puts it, “[The] punching of holes through negatives was barbaric to me… I’m sure that some very significant pictures have in that way been killed off, because there is no way of telling, no way, what photograph would come alive when.”