Tags: cigarette, Frieke Janssens, Ingid Deuss gallery, mad men era, photographs children smoking, portraits of children smoking, vintage looking photos of children
I too was part terrified and part intrigued at first glance of these glamorous looking youngsters in a pondering state, holding a lit cigarette. It immediately reminded me of Maria Marshall’s infamous video of her own child puffing away on a cigarette in an endless loop. But the photographer of these images, Frieke Janssens drew her inspiration from a far more upsetting scenario — a YouTube video that had gone viral of a tubby Indonesian boy with a 40-a-day smoking habit (see video here). The child became a tourist attraction in his country until Child Protective Services found out about it.
Janssens, a Belgium based artist wanted to explore how her audience would react if smoking were removed from its adult context. So here she staged these young and innocent faces, but dressed them in costume from a bygone era which our society often references giddily with smoke filled rooms in cinema scenes of the roaring twenties or the ‘Mad Men’ days. There’s a sense of nostalgia despite the horrifying idea that children could be puffing on a cancer stick as they are pictured above.
Well, cigarettes were actually not allowed in Janssens’ photo shoots of her subjects (ages 4-9 years old). They held a candle or incense as a prop, and a cigarette was later inserted in post-production (phew). But the interesting quandary here is the massive ban on smoking that is sweeping across the globe versus the constant glorification of smoking in movies and television. I’ll admit, it’s sexy to me too, though I’m not a smoker. What do you think: Are we making smoking a forbidden act by promoting it in our everything-vintage-is-cool culture? Or is it really just a thing of the past?
Here’s a slideshow of more smoking children from Janssens’ show at Ingid Deuss gallery.
Tags: china, contemporary photography, crescent, eiffel tower, illuminated moon photography, leonid tishkov moon, moon, moon photographs, paris, the arctic
I was drawn to these photographs the moment I saw them. Russian artist Leonid Tishkov has built his own mobile art installation that he travels around the world with. When he chooses a spot, like on top of an apartment building with a perfect view of the Eiffel Tower, or in a rural area of The Arctic, or an unnamed city in China, Tishkov collaborates with photographers to document a calm moment with the illuminated crescent moon displayed prominently, watching over the scene. Tishkov said “the moon is a shining point that brings people together from different countries, of different nationalities and cultures – and everyone who gets in its orbit does not forget it ever.” His statement resonated with me. For there are so many people that remain close to my heart, yet I don’t see them often enough. When I’m missing them, I’ve always remembered that no matter how far apart we are, we are always under the same moon, and for that, I feel just a little closer to them.
Tags: ai weiwei, black and white photography, hirshhorn, politically charged photography, smithsonian museums with contemporary art
We took a family field-trip in the middle of a weekday afternoon to The Hirshhorn, our favorite Smithsonian museum. The Hirshhorn has an incredible modern and contemporary art collection, something that remains dear to me. We want to have Jack exposed to as much art and music as possible at this early age, so that he will grow to appreciate it. I had heard nothing but rave reviews of the Ai Weiwei exhibit and it did not let us down one bit. I was drawn to the show’s black and white photography, many of which are politically charged (middle finger toward government buildings). Weiwei has remained an outspoken critic of communism and government in general and has faced a ton of oppression from his home country. He was the mastermind behind the Chinese Olympic stadium, known as the “Bird Nest.” There was an entire wing dedicated to the design and construction of the structure which lined the museum wing’s walls and ceiling! So much to see. Sometimes I forget our lucky we are to live in a city where all of this is no more than a couple miles downtown.
Tags: eating cake, girls, hbo show, latest muse, Lena Dunham, lena dunham in a leotard, no pants, pantsless, Terry Richardson, v magazine
Read the short and juicy feature on Lena in the latest issue of V magazine. She’s so funny and just doesn’t seem to try and impress anyone—I don’t think it’s an act either. I cannot wait for the new Season of GIRLS (Jan. 13th on HBO) and I love so much that she’s Terry Richadson’s latest muse!
Tags: bright flash photography, fashion photography, harper's bazaar magazine, nerd glasses, oprah winfrey, outtakes, terry richardon
Ha! I would not have put money on Oprah being photographed by Terry Richardson, but they came out really good under Richardson’s bright lights on the set for Harper’s Bazaar magazine. I love how Oprah completely surrenders to Richardson’s direction and gives the thumbs up and finger point. I wonder if there’s a shot of her in Terry’s shades in the outtakes. :) Lookin’ good Winfrey. Lookin’ real good.