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Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Spreading Smiles

While taking photographs in Pakistan, I have noticed many people get very happy when you take their pictures, if you take one person's photograph the other asks you to take theirs as well. Most of these people do not own camera's and some have never been photographed or own their own pictures.

A while back in an inspirational moment an Idea was floated on Global Themes by Shaykhspeara Shaira that there should be a way to take photographs of these people and distribute them and bring some smiles to people who really deserved them, I have been acting on that idea for the past month and if I take pictures of people I can later find, I get prints made and go back and give them their photographs, the best moments have been when a small child see's his photograph and smiles an innocent smile. I encourage all of you especially if you are in an area where people are not privileged enough to own cameras to try it, it barely costs anything and bring a lot of joy to people as well as to you.

30 comments:

Hyde DP said...

An excellent idea - I've done something similar myself and reaction is usually satisfying but not always.

Mubi said...

hm, great idea. its these little things and moments in life that make it spectacular. and doin smth unusual like this for others wud definitely be delightful

Sonia A. Mascaro said...

Great idea, indeed! Love your photos collage! Well done!

Thanks for your visiting and nice comment!

Destitute Rebel said...

Hyde DP, with me the reaction has been very satisfying till now, lets see.

Mubi Thanks, the experience is delightful indeed.

Sonia, Thank you.

Benjamin Madison said...

Great idea! When I lived in Africa I always tried to make sure that people I photographed got copies although it was often several months later.

Olivier said...

un très beau montage, avec de superbes portraits
A beautiful montage, with superb portraits

Lori said...

this is a smart idea! it's so simple that we just take it for granted...

Priyanka Khot said...

The collage is beautiful, but ur thought steals the show...

Keep up the good work!

Destitute Rebel said...

Benjamin, thank you, I see you have seen the world and done some great things.

Oliver, Thank you.

Lori, there are a lot of small things that we take for granted but they can make a great impact in someones life.

Priyanka, welcome to Lahore daily photo, and thank you for your comments.

ptowngirl said...

That's a great idea! Smiling is something that not everyone does freely, and you'd be surprised just how much a smile means to some people. :-) I love the idea of taking a photograph of people and then sending it to them. It makes them feel special and will no doubt bring continued smiles to their faces every time they view it. Keep up the good work!

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yoshi said...

Nice collage! Each photo tells a story!

Jackie said...

That is a really lovely idea, and I love your collage too - it made me smile :)

Destitute Rebel said...

ptowngirl, thank you for your comments.

Yoshi, Thanks.

Jackie, thanks, I'm glad it made you smile thats the idea.

Gordon said...

That's a wonderful gesture on your part.

Mo said...

Lovely collage. Nice idea as well.

iBlowfish said...

Excellent collage you got there. I do believe smile is universal language. Well done.

Neva said...

What a great idea! I love the smiles you took!

Jim said...

Thats a wonderful idea and a great way to makes peoples day. Not sure how it will go over in my town.

Petrea said...

This is one of the most wonderful posts I've ever seen.

Polycarpio said...

Amazingly, that was not the case in Mexico.

Misawa Mama said...

This one made me smile too. Good on you!

Dusty Lens said...

wonderful idea! A great way to reach out and help each other. Bravo!

magiceye said...

great idea. will def give it a try. thanks

raf said...

Wonderful colage from some of your posts!

I like your idea, DR, I will act on it, again. I've only done that randomly in past years. Like Benjamin, I did it when living in (North) Africa. It's a small way of making a difference.

Jilly said...

what a great collage of portraits. I love it when people are happy to have their photograph taken. So often they freeze up but your photos show people so natural.

Rambling Round said...

That is so true! Of course, they only smile if the photo is really good as your surely are.

babooshka said...

It's a really good idea and a very nice collage.

Uma por Dia said...

You have a good heart!

Dina said...

After just now living 5 days with Bedouin, I see how true your words are. Will do!

chennaidailyfoto said...

Well done ..... Love the collage ....