It’s Annual World Smile Day! HOORAY!!
Yes, the first Friday of every October has been declared World Smile Day, thanks to Mr Harvey Ball!
Ummmm . . . so, who’s Harvey Ball again?
Well, Harvey Ball was the US-born artist who created the Smiley Face 🙂 waaaay back in 1963. That image went on to become the most recognizable symbol of good will and good cheer on the planet.
He came up with the idea of World Smile Day almost 30 years later in 1999, after thinking his creation was losing it’s feel-good vibe and becoming over-commercialized.
Unfortunately, Harvey died in 2001, and the Harvey Ball World Smile Foundation, a non-profit charity, was started in his honour.
Which brings me to Jay Weinstein.
Mumbai-based photographer Jay Weinstein has created a delightful photographic celebration of the alluring power of a simple smile.
His goal is to recreate the mindset from which we view a stranger, and then witness as our assumptions transform with their smile.
‘. . . 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’
No names. No occupations. No confirmed religions or ethnicity. No intriguing life-lessons or heart-strumming anecdotes.
Traveling through India and Nepal, Jay has perfectly captured faces transformed by that simplest of pleasures – a smile.
Just one human face. Without, and With, a smile.
Happy World Smile Day everyone, and thanks for the smiles Jay – the world needs more of them, that’s for sure! 🙂