Do you remember the footage of an Indonesian toddler smoking? I reckon it was the inspiration behind these Frieke Janssens portraits. It’s a conclusion I reached not as a result of my mediocre intellect, but because I watched her accompanying video (which I’ve included at the end of this post).
I’ve been thinking a lot about smoking recently. No, I don’t want to take up the habit, but because it has been featured in so many fashion editorials of late. Durrie munchers were vilified when I was growing up and now it appears to be de rigueur. No judgement. Just an observation.
Back to Frieke’s work. I think these pics are astonishing. I love the way she’s juxtaposed innocence against adult themes. The smoke, the cigarettes, the amusing stogie. It’s the styling and poses, however, that really cement the effect, don’t you think?
More pics and info here.
Images courtesy of Frieke Janssens.