Smiles From Bangladesh | Part II | Photo Essay

Smiles from Bangladesh Travel Photos

Smiling faces from Bangladesh travel photo essay
Smiling faces from Bangladesh travel photo essay

Continuing with my weekly theme of showcasing photos, videos and stories from Bangladesh, I’m reviving one of my most popular travel photo essay series: Β Smiles of X.

Research has proven that smiles are not only courageous,Β but they in fact boost your immune system.

It takes less effort (in terms of muscle movement) to smile than it does to frown; apparently, there are 19 different types of smiles ranging from polite social smiles to more sincere felt smiles.

Regardless, I hope this photo essay from Bangladesh will put a smile on your face.

This is part II of my smiles from Bangladesh series (click here for Smiles of Bangladesh part 1):

Photo Essay: Bangladesh Portraits

You can never have a fast enough shutter speed to capture the smiling faces and motions of happy children.

“You can never have a fast enough shutter speed to capture the smiling faces and motions of happy children.”

Normally as a street photographer I have to discreetly take photos of people; however, in Dhaka I was invited to take photos so frequently I actually had to turn down requests at time, so that I could continue to explore.

“Normally as a street photographer I have to discreetly take photos of people;
however, in Dhaka I was invited to take photos so frequently I actually had to turn down requests at time,
so that I could continue to explore.”

This Bangladeshi boy wearing a hoody flashes a distinct smile.

“This Bangladeshi boy wearing a hoody flashes a distinct smile on the streets of Dhaka.”

An ecstatic group of children wave to me from on top of a building nearby the Sadarghat in Old Dhaka, Bangladesh.

“An ecstatic group of children wave to me from on top of a building nearby the Sadarghat in Old Dhaka, Bangladesh.”

This jolly looking Bangladeshi man with a distinctly long white beard clasps his hands together and smiles.

“This jolly looking Bangladeshi man with a distinctly long white beard clasps his hands together and smiles.”

This Bangladeshi man proudly displays the birds in his hands in a hectic area of Old Dhaka, Bangladesh.

“This Bangladeshi man proudly displays the birds in his hands in a hectic area of Old Dhaka, Bangladesh.”

This cute boy was thrilled to have his photo taken as I was just randomly wandering around Old Dhaka, Bangladesh.

“This cute boy was thrilled to have his photo taken as I was just randomly wandering around Old Dhaka, Bangladesh.”

These two Bangladeshi men invited me to participate in a event for children held in the backyard of a home.

“These two Bangladeshi men invited me to participate in a event for children held in the backyard of a home.”

These two young men were beaming ear to ear grins when they approached me to take a portrait. The smiles soon disappeared into more serious faces as I snapped this shot.

“These two young men were beaming ear to ear grins when they approached me to take a portrait.
The smiles soon disappeared into more serious faces as I snapped this shot.”

These boys huddled together and posed for a photo as I boarded a rowboat to explore the Buriganga River.

“These boys huddled together and posed for a photo as I boarded a rowboat to explore the Buriganga River.”

These three stooges were dancing, waving and smiling on board a larger vessel that we passed on the Buriganga River.

“These three stooges were dancing, waving and smiling on board a larger vessel that we passed on the Buriganga River.”

I'l never forget these cute smiling faces :)

“I’ll never forget these cute smiling faces :)”

A cute Bangladeshi boy waves hello to me.

“A cute Bangladeshi boy waves hello to me.”

This man invited me over to take his photo but then shyly looked away from the camera when it came time for me to press the shutter release.

“This man invited me over to take his photo but then shyly looked away
from the camera when it came time for me to press the shutter release.”


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  1. says: Faisal

    Hi Smuel!

    Very jolly and happy faces of the people of Bangladesh, very nicely done! your photos are so alive that they represents true happy people indeed.

    Interested readers can find out a lot of amazing photos of Bangladesh.

  2. says: Raw Hasan

    Beautiful smiling faces from Bangladesh!

    People who are more interested about visited Dhaka where these photos were taken can check out this tour

    Raw Hasan
    Owner, Nijhoom Tours
    Dhaka, Bangladesh

  3. says: Ryan

    Samuel, I’m always amazed by your portrait skills. You capture such powerful and fun photos of people! When you wander around, do you ask to snap photos of people besides the ones that ask you?

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  6. Lovely photos. I’m definitely inspired to visit Bangladesh now! i bet those three stooges are a hoot to hang out with. Many Taiwanese people will invite us to photograph them, but when it comes time to say cheese they put on their most solemn face possible. Even my kindy kids do it! The end result is a picture where they look miserable haha.

  7. says: Kerry (Goodtrippers)

    Such a lovely and simple idea – makes you realise how much happiness exists in the world, even when the news is focused on the bad. Would be nice to see more women in these pics though – where have they gone?! πŸ˜‰

  8. says: Kevin

    Excellent photo essay, Samuel. Just a quick editing suggestion: The 5th photo – “We’ve got the money if YOU’VE got the time.” πŸ˜‰

  9. says: Barbara

    I could almost hear the laughter of the children in these images. What an amazing job you did in capturing these delightful photos. Smiles are indeed contagious; they put a smile on my face! Thank you for sharing.

  10. Beautiful photos! We have been told that Bangladeshi people are very warm and friendly as your pictures certainly demonstrate, so we’ve been considering adding Bangladesh to our travel adventure. Your posts have definitely piqued our interest.

  11. Your photography always makes me smile. My brother is a professional photographer with a huge focus on people, rather than the places, although he does that too. But you have very similar styles so it draws me even more to your work.

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  13. says: Sista Voyage

    The man in the last picture gotcha good!!!
    When I first started traveling out of the country, I thought I would’ve received resistance from people when it came to taking pictures. Of course, I would ask them and to my amazement, they would be so willing to smile and pose for the camera. Now, there was this one time in Paris that I got the shock (and scare) of my life. I’d never been cussed out in French before, but that day, I received a lashing…followed by ‘have a good day.’ *confused*

  14. says: Emma Spires

    Sam – what incredible photo’s; I really enjoyed this photo essay. My favourite is the fourth photo – the colours in the clothing is superb. Great work!

  15. says: Colleen Bowen

    These pictures are so full of life and joy. Bangladeshis might be the most beautiful people in the world.

  16. says: Brent Griffith

    I’m loving this series Samuel. Really cool to see so many happy people from all over the world.

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  19. says: Marisol

    Hi Sam,
    Such wonderful photos. Love those smiling faces. They warm my heart. Bangladesh is always associated with poverty. I’m so glad to see through this post that although they’re poor they very rich in spirit. Goes to show that you cannot equate poverty with unhappiness.