Whatever happened to smiling

I remember the good old times, without mobile phones or ‘always available’ cameras to take instant pictures. Remember the era of retro cameras? With a limited number of shots in hand, it made sense to have the perfect shot. Although that never happened. Perfect shot? What?

Every picture was a failed attempt of posing good, with horrible lighting and that blurred image because nobody could stand still. But along with technology came phones with better pixel quality and hence began the selfie era.

Not complaining, huge fan! Taking hundreds of pictures in the same pose and then finding the best among all? Pff! Thats what I live for!

Anyways, with hundreds of photographs came hundreds of facial expressions. Duck face, pouting, sticking your tongue out. Its a shame one of the most loved expression was left behind, with the retro camera.


They say one smile can change the world. But how is it that when it comes to capturing a moment with our handy 12MP front camera, we can think of all the things to do, than smile. Curling your lips is obviously easier than pouting! Or the thing that boys do with their eyebrows. Show that stupid grin of yours when you are about to get caught for doing something funny or weird to the camera, you’d surely cherish that more than anything.

Now when we see the old photographs, the one with blurred but smiling humans, those were much better. I am not sure how it started, but the instagram feed has everything good, bad to just plain weird but almost zero to a few smiling humans. It got me thinking, whatever happened to just smiling…..

– Prajakta Dengale



  1. mjjustin1 · December 5, 2017

    I have plenty of your candid photos woman๐Ÿ˜€…
    The ones where you smile cheekily…

    Liked by 1 person

    • Prajakta Dengale · December 5, 2017

      Haha, thanks man!


  2. Lakshmi · December 5, 2017

    So true! So u better smile and show ur teeth instead of pouting๐Ÿ˜œ

    Liked by 1 person

    • Prajakta Dengale · December 5, 2017

      I always do! Thank you!!


  3. mjjustin1 · December 5, 2017

    Well written …๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘โ˜บ

    Liked by 1 person

    • Prajakta Dengale · December 5, 2017



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