The definition of beauty is subjective. However, our smiles transcend borders, cross cultures and need no interpretation. Smiling acknowledges the light within us.
“A simple smile. That’s the start of opening your heart and being compassionate to others.”Dalai Lama
In this image, the viewer is confronted with two contrasting but equally genuine forms of beauty. The subjects stand perpendicular to one another, highlighting the different standards they face and embody. The woman in the foregrand wears close-shaved hair and intricate facial markings whose ring-shapes are echoed by her bold circular jewelry. In the background, her companion wears her hair in a long braid, and instead frames her eyes with strong brows. These apparent differences make even more apparent the likeness of their shared smile, which radiates a sense of pride and kinship.
Amir Leung-Tat, Beauty, 2018. Digital Photograph. ©Amir Leung-Tat. All rights reserved.