The Instructions

For this week’s photo challenge, point your camera at something or someone that puts a smile on our face (or just a smiling face)

All around Tahiti are large posters of smiling faces. What does it all mean?

Turns out that in March 2011 an artist photographer named JR decided on the Insideout project. It involved global participation. People share a portrait and make a statement.

In Tahiti the statement was smile for peace.

The photos appeared a couple of years ago around Tahiti. It’s good to look up and see a smiling face: smiling is contagious.

A face in the crowd.

The Instructions.

Create an image that represents being “a face in the crowd.” Explore silhouettes, shadows, orientation, and other ways to mask your subject. As you hide the defining characteristics of your model, notice which traits continue to stand out. Without facial expression, can you tell how someone is feeling? Without color, does your impression of that person change?

Sitting patiently awaiting their fate.

It’s always sad to see a reputable business go under the hammer.

Polite staff, selling luxury goods at the high end of the market.

Spare a thought for the dummies. Stripped of their dignity and some bearing job lot numbers.

Watching and waiting. A face in the crowd.

Enthusiastic crowds eyed up a potential bargain. Others traipsed behind their partners, concerned about the effect the auction would have on their wallets.

Job lots of high quality jewellery ready to be auctioned.

Meanwhile the dummy ladies do their best to entice the punters in. The more money made at auction, the better the chance that the staff will be paid.