Julian Ray Photography

Universal Language

One of the reasons I so enjoy making images of people is the infectiousness of smiles and laughter.

Even the most tense shoot can be turned around with just a smile -on either side of the lens! Over the years I have been able to explore so many places closed to most just by spending some time and sharing some humor with those that would have me keep out.

I have found that no matter what the tongue, a smile can convey more than the thickest dictionary.

This blog entry is a few images of smiles that I have had the privilege to share.

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“We are not going to change the whole world, but we can change ourselves and feel free as birds. We can be serene even in the midst of calamities and, by our serenity, make others more tranquil. Serenity is contagious. If we smile at someone, he or she will smile back. And a smile costs nothing. We should plague everyone with joy. If we are to die in a minute, why not die happily, laughing?”
― Swami Satchidananda

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“A beautiful smile without any reason is the smile of the existence!”
― Mehmet Murat ildan

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“In the soft light of his own smiles, which spread
Like radiance from the cloud-surrounded moon....”
― Percy Bysshe Shelley

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“it's a smile, it's a kiss, it's a sip of wine ... it's summertime!”
― Kenny Chesney

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“Be happy when you are, because you are and smile.”
― Sofia Ann

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“Wrinkles should merely indicate where smiles have been.” 
― Mark Twain

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“You're never fully dressed without a smile.” 
― Martin Charnin

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“If I can see pain in your eyes then share with me your tears. If I can see joy in your eyes then share with me your smile.”
― Santosh Kalwar

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“People seldom notice old clothes if you wear a big smile.”
― Lee Mildon

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“The most wasted of all days is one without laughter.”
― e. e. cummings

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“Count your nights by stars, not shadows; count your life with smiles, not tears.”
― Italian Proverb

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“One who smiles rather than rages is always the stronger”
― Japanese Proverb

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“A man who smiles when he falls gives the Devil a good slap!”
― Mehmet Murat ildan

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“Be Strong , Have Faith and Always Smile .”
― Ra'ad Ammari

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“What sunshine is to flowers, smiles are to humanity.
These are but trifles, to be sure; but scattered along life's pathway, the good they do is inconceivable.”
― Joseph Addison

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“Everytime you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing.” 
― Mother Teresa

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“What a snapshot is to your life, your life is to eternity, so wouldn't it be nice if eternity captured you smiling?“
― Robert Brault

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“Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.”
― Thích Nhất Hạnh

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“Just one smile Immensely increases the beauty of the universe.”
― Sri Chinmoy

I look forward to seeing you out there.

Julian Ray
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