31 Smiles

"What is the one thing you'd like people to remember you by?"

#21 Michelle: Miracle #14 Sarah: Up in the Clouds #8 Joe: Happy to be Home #9 Badrul: Friendly and Adaptable #22 George: Fun #28 Rimjhim: Rain

Statement

I'm always intrigued by people I see on the street. At times there is a desire to know more about them, their stories, their jobs, their past, their hopes and aspirations. What do they do? What is home to them? Have they been in love?

Exploring this fascination led me to 31 Smiles as an attempt to capture the diversity within our lives. It also happens to capture the common thread that binds us all. When photographing each person, I pose the question,

'What is the one thing you'd like people to remember you by?'

Their answers along with their portraits were posted to a website (www.31smiles.com) at the end of the day.

Process

Over the course of August 2009, one portrait was taken every day. A few are old friends, some people I've had the luck to meet over the summer, and others, complete strangers.

Cities

Chicago, Il. Bloomington, IN. Amherst, MA. Philadelphia, PA.

See More

The complete project can be seen at www.31smiles.com

My other photography projects can bee seen at my dedicated photography portfolio at www.thalith.com/photography

Photography is nothing--it's life that interests me."
- Henri Cartier-Bresson