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Watch People React to Being Called Beautiful

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Artist Shea Glover recently did a social experiment. The 18-year-old Chicago-based artist took her Canon Rebel T5i around her performing arts high school and asked her peers to pose for portraits. But she was actually recording video instead of shooting still photos, and as each person stood in front of her camera, Glover told them what she was doing: “I’m taking pictures of things I find beautiful,” she said.

From the reactions in the 5-minute video above, it seems like this can be a simple way for photographers to draw out genuine smiles from strangers.

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