Jay Weinstein is creating images that lovingly challenge assumptions
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patrons


Firstly, welcome to the tribe.


My name is Jay Weinstein, and I am a photographer and wanderer best known as the creator of the art project so i asked them to smile.

By obsessively focusing on our similarities,
my work lovingly challenges assumptions: SIATS, by featuring smiles from strangers I meet in different cultures around the world, and A Wanderer’s Eye via a deep cultural dive into the one I know best, India – where SIATS originated and is based.

Though Australian by birth, I have lived most of my life in India, first arriving at the age of 3. I speak Hindi and continue to be fascinated by her art, culture and traditions and love sharing the experience with others.

But there is room for more... expanding means that us - as a community - grow and find ways to explore and share these ideas. I know you care about what I care about. But how do we get others to care and see what we see?

so i asked them to smile

so i asked them to smile is a powerfully simple global photography project. My goal is to bring humanity to the point of unity through the camera lens. So I document the striking change a smile makes to the faces of the random strangers I meet. Without any prescriptive message, I zero in on this universal and unifying expression while gently highlighting how inaccurate assumptions are.

Over the last couple of years I have shared over 350 smiles from 5 countries on the website, Facebook and Instagram, adding 3 new images a week. Last December we exhibited the first solo show at Mumbai's iconic Jehangir Art Gallery, and with more to come, we plan to continue expanding the diversity of this project.

At the same time, my aim is to build an international community to connect and help lovingly challenge assumptions. We will continue taking so i asked them to smile around the globe, as an exhibition, featuring new images and collaborations. Eventually SIATS will feature at least one smile from every country on earth, and every state in India.


A Wanderer's Eye

My photographic journey started in India, the country I have spent most of my life, and is rooted within her nuanced history, tradition and art. A Wanderer's Eye thus focuses on a deeper exploration of this country. Joining the culture at the age of 3 has given me a unique insider-outsider vantage point from which to compare, contrast and translate the thinking of East and West. I get to share this perspective with my travel/portrait photography, presentations, workshops, collaborations, brand work and my favorite, AWE India tours.

AWE India Tours

These trips are a collaboration with handpicked travel companies specializing in authentic, comfortable and meaningful travel India experiences like Touch Of Spirit Tours. Our thoughtfully designed, comfortable, insightful and magical adventures aim is to connect you deeply to the India I love to explore. Weaving in the many threads I have learnt over 25 years, our journey is primarily designed to help you feel comfortable in this often overwhelming culture.


AWE Tribe

By joining me on Patreon you become part of this work and also part of the Tribe. You help lovingly challenge unconscious biases so we may all reflect on, and empathize more deeply with, the people and places around us. You get a say in future expansion, direction and execution. You can also vote on which country SIATS visits next.

You are further invited to join our closed AWE Tribe Facebook Group as well as receive a range of rewards like exclusive content, videos, postcards from my travels, printed AWE images, AMAs, India tours or advice for your next trip.
 

Where the money goes

Full-time costs for this project include travel, accommodation, food, social media/promotions, marketing, websites, plus the equipment to make and edit these images. Visiting new countries, even with my low overheads, additionally includes visa, and flight costs.

An exhibition further requires printing, framing, space rental, transportation, PR/marketing, electricity, hired help, and exhibition enhancing ideas like a SIATS photo-booth.

So far I have just about managed to cover costs with supporter donations, my savings, calling in favors, and super low overheads.

Frequently asked questions

1) Do I have to pay in US Dollars?
Nope. You pay in your local/selected currency but because Patreon is a US-based website, everything is written in USD. Your payment will be charged in your local currency but converted to USD.

2) Will you have patron-only content?
Yes. Though I am still developing this area, there will definitely be content that is initially patron-only, and will then make it's way to the main website after a short delay.

3) When do you send out Patreon rewards?
It takes about ten days from the start of each month to send out your goodies. If for some reason you have not heard from me by the 10th of any month, please let me know so I can rectify the situation.

4) I don't have much money, how can I help?
There's a $2 per month tier. It might not sound like a lot but it all helps. You can actually set your own patronage with everything from 10 cents to a million dollars a month.

Also I am always on the lookout for creative collaborations, ideas and skills that can help take SIATS to the next level. I am also open to commercial projects (unrelated to SIATS), as well as  collaborating with people in the social media, art, culture, design and social change spaces. So if you would like start a conversation just drop me a line, and let me know what you have in mind... or just say hello.

5) Can I stop donating in the future if I can't afford it?
Yes of course. Just log in and update your settings.

6) 
Can you help me with something else?
Yes, absolutely. If your questions are about using Patreon, or you have encounter problems with the signup process, their support team is both friendly and helpful. You can send them a message by clicking here. If you have questions specifically about this page, rewards, the so i asked them to smile or A Wanderer's Eye projects, or just want to chat, drop me a line.

Thanks very much for reading! 

Tiers
Wanderer
$2 or more per month
As a fellow Wanderer, you are invited to the exclusive AWE Tribe Facebook Group. As I develop exclusive and behind the scenes content, you will be the first to see it. Welcome to the Tribe!
Curious Wanderer
$5 or more per month
As a Curious Wanderer, along with future exclusive content, I will send you an exclusive video introducing you to the streets of wherever I am wandering in the world. It could be anywhere! 


I will also send you a monthly exclusively designed wallpaper, with one of my favorite AWE images, for your laptop.

Intrepid Wanderer
$10 or more per month
As an Intrepid Wanderer, along with all previous rewards, I will use all my insights to help you plan a glorious trip to India. You can tell me what kind of trip you would like, and I will help craft a journey you will never forget. 


Also I will send you a personalized video for your birthday, or the birthday of someone you love. Further, I will send you a hand written postcard from wherever I am!

Super Intrepid Wanderer
$25 or more per month
As a Super Intrepid Wanderer, along with all previous rewards, after 2 months of patronage, I will send you a 12 x 18 print of any image you choose from this page on my A Wanderer's Eye website. 


After 3 months of patronage, you (or someone you love) can join one of the small group tours I lead to India, with 10% of the regular price.* The upcoming trips I am currently signed up for are listed ​here.


We will also arrange a 1 hour Ask Me Anything Skype call.


*If by any chance the minimum number of bookings is not met (that number is usually 5), and the tour you choose can not go ahead, the offer will stand for any one of my future tours that is on, or any other India tour with the travel company I collaborate with, Touch Of Spirit Tours.

Master Wanderer
$50 or more per month
As a Master Wanderer, along with all previous rewards (except tour discount), after 2 months of patronage, I will put your name on a specially crafted Thank You Wall on my A Wanderer's Eye website. This will cement our tribalness for all eternity! 


After 3 months of patronage, you (or someone you love) can join one of the small group tours I lead to India, with 10% of the regular price.* The upcoming trips I am currently signed up for are listed ​here.


I will also do an exclusive one hour travel photography presentation via Skype, just for you. It will be the same stories and images I share at my events, and I will even let you interrupt me whenever you have a comment or question... I mean whenever!

*If by any chance the minimum number of bookings is not met (that number is usually 5), and the tour you choose can not go ahead, the offer will stand for any one of my future tours that is on, or any other India tour with the travel company I collaborate with, Touch Of Spirit Tours.

Grand Master Wanderer
$100 or more per month
As a Grand Master Wanderer, you have earned all previous rewards (except tour discount) and after 3 months of patronage, I will also send you a signed, roughly 24 x 36 inch print of any image you choose, from my A Wanderer's Eye website


After 3 months of patronage, you (or someone you love) can join one of the small group tours I lead to India, for 20% off the regular price.*


The upcoming trips I am currently signed up for are listed ​here. 


*If by any chance the minimum number of bookings is not met (that number  is usually 5), and the tour you choose can not go ahead, the offer will stand for any one of my future tours that is on, or any other India tour with the travel company I collaborate with, Touch Of Spirit Tours.

Mystical Wanderer
$500 or more per month
As a Mystical Wanderer, I bow to your esoteric prowess. You have earned all previous rewards and after 3 months of patronage, you (or someone you love) can join one of the small group tours I lead to India, for half the regular price. Thus I be able to meet you and share some of my favorite places in India, in person. 


The upcoming trips I am currently signed up for are listed ​here. 


*If by any chance the minimum number of bookings is not met (that number is usually 5), and the tour you choose can not go ahead, the offer will stand for any one of my future tours that is on, or any other India tour with the travel company I collaborate with, Touch Of Spirit Tours. 

Enlightened Wanderer
$1,000 or more per month
As an Enlightened Wanderer, I promise to recognize your greatness and present you with all the previous rewards (except tour discounts). 


After 4 months of patronage, you can summon me to lead you on a two week tour of India.*


It can be to any part of India, and I will help design it (if you like), point you towards travel companies I trust to book it, and cover my own costs while with you. 


*The maximum group size for the tour is 8, so I can share quality time with everyone. 

Fully Enlightened Wanderer
$5,000 or more per month
As a Fully Enlightened Wanderer, you have achieved perfection and I present you with all the previous rewards (except the Enlightened Wanderer reward).


After 3 months of patronage, I will schedule a time to visit you wherever you live in the world. I will bring my so i asked them to smile project to your city, and then we will plan a fabulous two week tour of India for you.


It can be to any part of the country, and other than flights to India, all expenses will be covered, for 2 people. I will then lead you on the trip we design. I will help you interact with the people and culture all while giving you a deeper insight into the India I cherish. We can even go on some photography walks!


*The maximum group size for the tour is 6, so there is quality time with everyone.

Goals
8% complete
As I am currently India based, reaching $650 collectively a month allows me to continue traveling within the country, explore her vast and diverse culture, and focus fully on photographing/editing/sharing new images for so i asked them to smile, as well as continue my other travel photography. IT gives me the time and space to focus on promoting the project. It helps take me off the beaten path into communities still living traditional lives and to the modern cities bursting at the seams with life and color. It allows me to share these images with you.
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Firstly, welcome to the tribe.


My name is Jay Weinstein, and I am a photographer and wanderer best known as the creator of the art project so i asked them to smile.

By obsessively focusing on our similarities,
my work lovingly challenges assumptions: SIATS, by featuring smiles from strangers I meet in different cultures around the world, and A Wanderer’s Eye via a deep cultural dive into the one I know best, India – where SIATS originated and is based.

Though Australian by birth, I have lived most of my life in India, first arriving at the age of 3. I speak Hindi and continue to be fascinated by her art, culture and traditions and love sharing the experience with others.

But there is room for more... expanding means that us - as a community - grow and find ways to explore and share these ideas. I know you care about what I care about. But how do we get others to care and see what we see?

so i asked them to smile

so i asked them to smile is a powerfully simple global photography project. My goal is to bring humanity to the point of unity through the camera lens. So I document the striking change a smile makes to the faces of the random strangers I meet. Without any prescriptive message, I zero in on this universal and unifying expression while gently highlighting how inaccurate assumptions are.

Over the last couple of years I have shared over 350 smiles from 5 countries on the website, Facebook and Instagram, adding 3 new images a week. Last December we exhibited the first solo show at Mumbai's iconic Jehangir Art Gallery, and with more to come, we plan to continue expanding the diversity of this project.

At the same time, my aim is to build an international community to connect and help lovingly challenge assumptions. We will continue taking so i asked them to smile around the globe, as an exhibition, featuring new images and collaborations. Eventually SIATS will feature at least one smile from every country on earth, and every state in India.


A Wanderer's Eye

My photographic journey started in India, the country I have spent most of my life, and is rooted within her nuanced history, tradition and art. A Wanderer's Eye thus focuses on a deeper exploration of this country. Joining the culture at the age of 3 has given me a unique insider-outsider vantage point from which to compare, contrast and translate the thinking of East and West. I get to share this perspective with my travel/portrait photography, presentations, workshops, collaborations, brand work and my favorite, AWE India tours.

AWE India Tours

These trips are a collaboration with handpicked travel companies specializing in authentic, comfortable and meaningful travel India experiences like Touch Of Spirit Tours. Our thoughtfully designed, comfortable, insightful and magical adventures aim is to connect you deeply to the India I love to explore. Weaving in the many threads I have learnt over 25 years, our journey is primarily designed to help you feel comfortable in this often overwhelming culture.


AWE Tribe

By joining me on Patreon you become part of this work and also part of the Tribe. You help lovingly challenge unconscious biases so we may all reflect on, and empathize more deeply with, the people and places around us. You get a say in future expansion, direction and execution. You can also vote on which country SIATS visits next.

You are further invited to join our closed AWE Tribe Facebook Group as well as receive a range of rewards like exclusive content, videos, postcards from my travels, printed AWE images, AMAs, India tours or advice for your next trip.
 

Where the money goes

Full-time costs for this project include travel, accommodation, food, social media/promotions, marketing, websites, plus the equipment to make and edit these images. Visiting new countries, even with my low overheads, additionally includes visa, and flight costs.

An exhibition further requires printing, framing, space rental, transportation, PR/marketing, electricity, hired help, and exhibition enhancing ideas like a SIATS photo-booth.

So far I have just about managed to cover costs with supporter donations, my savings, calling in favors, and super low overheads.

Frequently asked questions

1) Do I have to pay in US Dollars?
Nope. You pay in your local/selected currency but because Patreon is a US-based website, everything is written in USD. Your payment will be charged in your local currency but converted to USD.

2) Will you have patron-only content?
Yes. Though I am still developing this area, there will definitely be content that is initially patron-only, and will then make it's way to the main website after a short delay.

3) When do you send out Patreon rewards?
It takes about ten days from the start of each month to send out your goodies. If for some reason you have not heard from me by the 10th of any month, please let me know so I can rectify the situation.

4) I don't have much money, how can I help?
There's a $2 per month tier. It might not sound like a lot but it all helps. You can actually set your own patronage with everything from 10 cents to a million dollars a month.

Also I am always on the lookout for creative collaborations, ideas and skills that can help take SIATS to the next level. I am also open to commercial projects (unrelated to SIATS), as well as  collaborating with people in the social media, art, culture, design and social change spaces. So if you would like start a conversation just drop me a line, and let me know what you have in mind... or just say hello.

5) Can I stop donating in the future if I can't afford it?
Yes of course. Just log in and update your settings.

6) 
Can you help me with something else?
Yes, absolutely. If your questions are about using Patreon, or you have encounter problems with the signup process, their support team is both friendly and helpful. You can send them a message by clicking here. If you have questions specifically about this page, rewards, the so i asked them to smile or A Wanderer's Eye projects, or just want to chat, drop me a line.

Thanks very much for reading! 

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Tiers
Wanderer
$2 or more per month
As a fellow Wanderer, you are invited to the exclusive AWE Tribe Facebook Group. As I develop exclusive and behind the scenes content, you will be the first to see it. Welcome to the Tribe!
Curious Wanderer
$5 or more per month
As a Curious Wanderer, along with future exclusive content, I will send you an exclusive video introducing you to the streets of wherever I am wandering in the world. It could be anywhere! 


I will also send you a monthly exclusively designed wallpaper, with one of my favorite AWE images, for your laptop.

Intrepid Wanderer
$10 or more per month
As an Intrepid Wanderer, along with all previous rewards, I will use all my insights to help you plan a glorious trip to India. You can tell me what kind of trip you would like, and I will help craft a journey you will never forget. 


Also I will send you a personalized video for your birthday, or the birthday of someone you love. Further, I will send you a hand written postcard from wherever I am!

Super Intrepid Wanderer
$25 or more per month
As a Super Intrepid Wanderer, along with all previous rewards, after 2 months of patronage, I will send you a 12 x 18 print of any image you choose from this page on my A Wanderer's Eye website. 


After 3 months of patronage, you (or someone you love) can join one of the small group tours I lead to India, with 10% of the regular price.* The upcoming trips I am currently signed up for are listed ​here.


We will also arrange a 1 hour Ask Me Anything Skype call.


*If by any chance the minimum number of bookings is not met (that number is usually 5), and the tour you choose can not go ahead, the offer will stand for any one of my future tours that is on, or any other India tour with the travel company I collaborate with, Touch Of Spirit Tours.

Master Wanderer
$50 or more per month
As a Master Wanderer, along with all previous rewards (except tour discount), after 2 months of patronage, I will put your name on a specially crafted Thank You Wall on my A Wanderer's Eye website. This will cement our tribalness for all eternity! 


After 3 months of patronage, you (or someone you love) can join one of the small group tours I lead to India, with 10% of the regular price.* The upcoming trips I am currently signed up for are listed ​here.


I will also do an exclusive one hour travel photography presentation via Skype, just for you. It will be the same stories and images I share at my events, and I will even let you interrupt me whenever you have a comment or question... I mean whenever!

*If by any chance the minimum number of bookings is not met (that number is usually 5), and the tour you choose can not go ahead, the offer will stand for any one of my future tours that is on, or any other India tour with the travel company I collaborate with, Touch Of Spirit Tours.

Grand Master Wanderer
$100 or more per month
As a Grand Master Wanderer, you have earned all previous rewards (except tour discount) and after 3 months of patronage, I will also send you a signed, roughly 24 x 36 inch print of any image you choose, from my A Wanderer's Eye website


After 3 months of patronage, you (or someone you love) can join one of the small group tours I lead to India, for 20% off the regular price.*


The upcoming trips I am currently signed up for are listed ​here. 


*If by any chance the minimum number of bookings is not met (that number  is usually 5), and the tour you choose can not go ahead, the offer will stand for any one of my future tours that is on, or any other India tour with the travel company I collaborate with, Touch Of Spirit Tours.

Mystical Wanderer
$500 or more per month
As a Mystical Wanderer, I bow to your esoteric prowess. You have earned all previous rewards and after 3 months of patronage, you (or someone you love) can join one of the small group tours I lead to India, for half the regular price. Thus I be able to meet you and share some of my favorite places in India, in person. 


The upcoming trips I am currently signed up for are listed ​here. 


*If by any chance the minimum number of bookings is not met (that number is usually 5), and the tour you choose can not go ahead, the offer will stand for any one of my future tours that is on, or any other India tour with the travel company I collaborate with, Touch Of Spirit Tours. 

Enlightened Wanderer
$1,000 or more per month
As an Enlightened Wanderer, I promise to recognize your greatness and present you with all the previous rewards (except tour discounts). 


After 4 months of patronage, you can summon me to lead you on a two week tour of India.*


It can be to any part of India, and I will help design it (if you like), point you towards travel companies I trust to book it, and cover my own costs while with you. 


*The maximum group size for the tour is 8, so I can share quality time with everyone. 

Fully Enlightened Wanderer
$5,000 or more per month
As a Fully Enlightened Wanderer, you have achieved perfection and I present you with all the previous rewards (except the Enlightened Wanderer reward).


After 3 months of patronage, I will schedule a time to visit you wherever you live in the world. I will bring my so i asked them to smile project to your city, and then we will plan a fabulous two week tour of India for you.


It can be to any part of the country, and other than flights to India, all expenses will be covered, for 2 people. I will then lead you on the trip we design. I will help you interact with the people and culture all while giving you a deeper insight into the India I cherish. We can even go on some photography walks!


*The maximum group size for the tour is 6, so there is quality time with everyone.