by Editor Thomas Thomopoulos
We love to see smiles everywhere. We see them on people's faces. We see them in our dreams.
We draw them, we paint them, we write about them.
But above all and especially since the invention of photography, we love to fix them in time.
From analogue to digital photography, smiling has become a daily reality, a real communication tool.
We like smiles so much that we even detect imagine them on animals or on objects, sometimes for real and sometimes we bring objects alive thanks to our software and digital technology.
The daguerreotype exposure time around 1840 was several minutes (first photographic process used commercially discovered by Louis Daguerre in 1835), which did make it difficult to take candid shots from a person's smile…
But mores have also evolved... Being serious is a thing of the past. Now we all smile when we are photographed. Has the evolution of photographic technology made it possible to capture a smile instantly and thus to widely spread joy and happiness on Earth ?
A smile is beautiful, it's joyful, it's happiness and even in the darkest images, we want to see it, to remember the instant of happiness.
A smile can appear individually or in groups. It is very communicative.
A smile can be pronounced or subtle. One can smile with the lips or with the teeth.
A smile can be beautiful but sometimes weird too.
Most of the time we love to see a smile on a woman or a child's face, probably because it is aesthetic and soft.
Yet even a smile can be scary and weird, but in the end, we have a smile.
A smile is not any longer limited to aesthetics.
It is undoubtedly universal, whether it is beautiful or weird and it always remains the expression of a feeling.
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Smiles also has become a testimony of Humanity: people, geography, history, location and that awakens in us our sense of exploration.
A smile on an image makes us react and doesn't leave nobody indifferent.
It appeals to look at it, to be admired and if possible, even to be shared.
And one more irresistable image ...
Up to you to choose the most communicative and favourite smile!
Say cheese and click :-)