Is there really a romantic, glamorous side to smoking? Photographer Frieke Janssens might actually kinda sorta make you think so as she attempts to answer some questions with a series of melancholic, theatrical and, of course, controversial photos of smoking children.
Kids aged 4 to 9 are depicted Old Hollywood-style enjoying smoking (although rest assured they weren’t actually smoking). Frieke felt that “seeing children smoke would have a surreal impact on the viewer and compel them to truly see the acts of smoking rather than making assumptions about the person doing it.”
The images were released around the time a general smoking ban was introduced in Belgium a few months back, and have evoked questions such as: “is the smoking ban the right way to get rid of an absurd addiction and are smokers treated like kids who [don't know] the difference between good and bad,” according to the website ilovebelgium.be.
Frieke was initially inspired by the infamous Indonesian toddler with a 2-pack-a-day habit, and the subsequent Western reaction (shock!) vs. the Eastern reaction (yawn!).
Do you think these images make smoking look beautiful? Do they effectively highlight the absurdity of a smoking ban? Take a look and decide for yourself:
All images courtesy of ILoveBelgium.be
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