Then I Asked Them to Smile

This project asked students to take pictures of 15 people, 2 photo’s each.  In the first photo the subject might smile, as we often do in pictures.  But for the second photo a picture was taken of a person not smiling.  The comparison was astounding.  It is truly amazing how a simple smile can totally transform a persons face.  If you only looked a person without a smile on their face, your impression of them would be completely different.  Depending on how a person looks it can make them seem dejected or even dangerous.  But with a  smile on their face the same exact person who made you weary only moments before can seem like a warm and welcoming person.  This project was fairly easy and very enjoyable.  It was funny to watch as middle aged women primped themselves for a few quick photos.  Or to receive questioning looks because of my odd requests.  Some of the students and teachers were reluctant to have the photos taken, but only a handful of people turned me down in the end.  This project opened my eyes about the effects of implicit bias and how it effects photographers.  As a photographer, the way something looks is very important.  If someone looks shady or abnormal a photographer might not snap a shot.  I think getting to know someone before taking certain photos can be very important. This is important because who they are as a person should be portrayed the picture.  Looks can be very misleading so deciding about someone before getting to know them can lead to false portrails.

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