Life as a teenager is hard in its own way. Lots of people feel insecure about their self-image, and many are bullied for their appearance, level of wealth, skin color, and so much more. Shea Glover decided to do a project that transformed into a social experiment at her performing arts high school in Chicago, Illinois.

She had a simple premise: to film people’s reactions to being told that she was “taking pictures of things I find beautiful.” The reactions are varied. Some are charming, some are awkward — some are downright hostile — and some are just so ridiculously adorable. It clearly throws people for a loop, but the number of smiles show that Shea made a clear difference in their day.

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