It began as a YouTube video filmed in Indonesia. It showed a young boy who could only have been seven years old contentedly smoking a cigarette. What fascinated Frieke Janssens in particular was the way the act was perceived. Everyone the boy?s brothers, his parents in the background, even the boy himself seemed to think that a child smoking 40 cigarettes a day was the most natural thing in the world.
Frieke also wanted these photographs to highlight the contrast between beauty and ugliness. On the one hand, smoking makes people ill, grey and wrinkled; on the other hand, it confers a certain aesthetic appeal: smokers make elegant gestures with their hands, they tilt back their heads slightly, the smoke drifts around them. By taking photographs of smoking children rather than adults, these attitudes and mannerisms are made all the more obvious. At the same time, the exploitation of children gives the cigarette an even more destructive potency.
The YouTube video set Frieke thinking about the role of smoking in our society. She hopes that her photographs will encourage others to think more deeply about this issue. This is not intended to be a book to file away on your bookshelves. Each of the photographs can be removed. Tear them out, send them to someone, or hang them on your wall. And make sure they are seen.
- Código de barras:
- 20.00cm x 23.00cm x 1.00cm
- Luster publishing
- Número de páginas:
- 0.22 kg