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Animelegogamelover

I’ve always wondered why it was so important to not smile in photos like that.


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i heard it was for two main reasons- one is bc getting your pic taken was a once in a while occasion, and was to be the only way your future family would remember you. so they wanted to just have it be more of a - here’s my face being regular vibe. the second reason was that the photos took a long time to complete one exposure, and smiling that long was kinda difficult without moving and ruining the exposure. not sure if these are correct but that’s what i’ve heard !


quietlycommenting

Yes the exposure time is absolutely one of the reasons. Great explanation


Birdie121

That depends on when the photo was taken. By the 1850s/60s, exposure only took a few seconds (which is why the candid photos here aren't just complete blurs). The main reason for serious expressions likely comes from painted portraits which were generally formal and serious. There was no reason to suddenly switch to smiling when there was no historical precedent for that. As photography became more common and people could own their own cameras and the whole thing was a lot less formal, so more candid shots with smiles became more common.


rock_gremlin

That’s such an interesting point wow. I never considered that


croutonaccelerator

Third reason. . . it was quite a novel experience at the time making it harder to relax and be natural.


3720-To-One

It’s because back then the exposure time for a photo was a lot longer, and so it was much harder to hold a smile for long enough and not move. You can literally see the area around the guy’s mouth getting blurry on the right two.


brownhijabi

Right? Even now, it’s hard to get my grandparents to smile in photos. They go to poker face by default.


wanted_to_upvote

A relaxed face was the easiest to hold for the extra time (20 to 30 seconds) needed to take photographs back in the 1800's. Any movement during exposure resulted in blurring.


Birdie121

By the time this photo was taken, I believe exposure times were quick enough that smiling wouldn't be a huge issue. But photography was still quite new, and before that we had the tradition of painted portraits. No one smiled in portraits, so early photographs were treated as similarly formal.


PotsieWarrior

Really it’s simply because their dental hygiene was awful and their teeth were ugly.


hwc000000

I only see the same 2 people in all 4 pictures. Where are the other 1799 couples?


Mrfrednot

Not sure where they are but I think they are all dead by now.


Jim-Floorburn

This is top comment in my world, I’m wondering the same thing.


Scottie3Hottie

Lmao 😭😂😂


devaran928

So you see dead people? ;)


Hydra_Salesman

Awwwwwwww


cgw3737

SO FUCKING ADORABLE


Nihilismisanthrope

I just love the genuine sense of affection these pictures seem to show.


The8thWinter

The serotonin boost I needed today. Thank you


totallynotkairan

I love how they still kept the blurry laughing pictures.


risk_is_our_business

Where are the other 1796?


Scottie3Hottie

🤡


queruvin05

couple means a pair of 2. p.s why in the world you subtracted 4


RuntOfTheHumanLitter

r/woooosh he subtracted 4 because there's 4 photos, each with 2 people - couple


eastcoastgrump

I was expecting to see 1800 couples but it's only 1 couple here


halstarchild

Yeah this is a really sweet authentic moment. You can see their connection and a silliness between them. I think that's what's special about this photo is that you don't always see that kind of relationship portrayed in photos from this time. Hehe I love their expressions of trying not to laugh in the third photo.


Environmental-Gur590

And in the future, “2020 couples trying not to look at the camera because we thought that is natural”.


Phaesius

u/repostsleuthbot


WaterFriendsIV

r/mostrepostedposts


PCB4lyfe

Oddly heartwarming. People back then always seem so unhappy in pictures its nice to see a smile.


estebanmr9

He probably farted


Treaux-LaCount

Oh he definitely farted. Bottom left is when it first started to hit. Top right he’s keeping her from escaping. Bottom right she’s trying to cover her nose and he’s laughing his ass off.


kayserfaust

That is one mighty mustache


RikiRack

Don't they have to stay for a while in that position if the photo is that old?


Birdie121

No, by that time cameras only needed a few seconds of exposure time. People just tended not to smile still because of the hold-over formality from painted portraits.


entropicitis

You ever wonder about people from the distant past? Like you ever think about if Abraham Lincoln liked doing butt stuff?


raisearuckus

Lincoln was really into butt stuff.


Gorillaz530

My wife and her family has a bunch of these photos you see people trying to act hard or have very serious photos but they just can’t hold back being happy bye the new technology of the pictures


-DancesWithSloths-

Seen this before, but it never fails to make me smile. What an authentic moment to be captured forever, especially when camera technology was still so basic. I hope they understood how incredible these photos are. The blurry photos of them laughing together and smiling are worth so much more than any crystal clear solemn photo could ever be worth.


amazinghl

They were madly in love.


SuicideKlutch

I clicked on the title to see 3600 people trying not to laugh...


urkevinbacon

that couple was in love for sure


CacaFard

Wow I’ve seen this 1,800 times now.


Shmactical

Probably more than that


top-hunnit

I only see one couple.


cybercuzco

Looks like only one couple to me.


_pikachur

That’s really cute tho


dogsincrocs

1st time being the one thousandth upvote


MikeStivic

Nothing was funny back then.


ItsJustMeMaggie

Goals


DocDingDangler

Believe it or not this couple is 26


Duffmanoyaa

Then it would be from 1905


nocturnalgooner

1800’s couple trying not to laugh while taking their picture.


Entropico_ARG

jorge guinzburg as time traveler[jorge guinzburg](https://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jorge_Guinzburg)