Guy Uses FaceApp To Transform The 'Miserable' Expressions On Classical Portraits Into Smiles

"It genuinely is putting a real smile on people's faces, and hopefully inspiring people to go to museums and galleries!"

When U.K.-based designer and illustrator Olly Gibbs looked at a photo of himself on a high church tower in Amsterdam that he had climbed onto, he was disappointed to see he had more of a grimace on his face than a smile. 

"I get vertigo so I wasn't particularly happy being up there, especially with it being windy," Gibbs told A Plus. "So my girlfriend showed me FaceApp, which added a realistic smile which saved the photo."

The couple then made their way over to the Rijksmuseum to take in some art. "We noticed all the paintings looked just as miserable, so she suggested we use the app on them. And that was it. We went all round the museum finding the grumpiest paintings and sculptures to brighten up." 



Gibbs later posted a bunch of the photos they took using the app on Twitter, where they went viral. In just a few days, the tweet had more than 11,000 retweets and nearly 20,000 likes. 

"It genuinely is putting a real smile on people's faces, and hopefully inspiring people to go to museums and galleries! I've seen a load saying they want to visit them now which is cool," Gibb said. "It's just a stupid thing to go viral for, but as long as people are smiling and taking away something positive from it, then I'm happy!" 

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Gibbs hopes that his project's popularity will help to raise awareness for Dogs For Good, an organization that trains assistance dogs to help adults and children with physical difficulties. 

"I'm walking 100 kilometers from London to Brighton, the distance is the equivalent to two-and-a-half marathons, in the U.K. and raising money for a Dogs for Good," Gibbs said. "If my photos made people smile, how about they make others smile by helping them by donating to change lives." 

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