Smoking children

My discovery of the week: Belgium photographer Frieke Janssens portrays children as smokers in an stunning new collection of images titled “The beauty of an ugly addiction”.

I am not an advocate of smoking. I pretty much loath cigarettes (those who know me personally have all been witness to my moaning and winning about smokers at some point or another), but I just adore these photographs. I’m not sure I find them specially shocking but I love the Bugsy Malone aesthetics and the characters these children are portraying.

The bloggers at I Love Belgium say:

“… So why kids? By portraying adults as children all  the attention went to the smoking. An adult would draw too much attention to the portrayed person. Thus these portraits evoke questions such as: is the smoking ban the right way to get rid of an absurd addiction and are smokers treated like little kids who can’t make the difference between good and bad? While Frieke doesn’t give answers, the portraits are strong enough to start your thinking process…”

Either way, regardless of the photographer’s intentions, I am always in favor of art that’s not just pleasant to look at, but also makes you think.

Check out the complete series here.






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