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Controversial Photos of Smoking Children

After seeing a video on YouTube of an Indonesian toddler who smokes 40 cigarettes a day, Belgian photographer Frieke Janssens decided to respond to a general smoking ban introduced in her country recently with a series of photos showing children smoking. I Love Belgium writes,

The children, aged four to nine, are shameless posing while enjoying their cigarette or cigarillo. So why kids? By portraying adults as children all the attention went to the smoking. An adult would draw to much attention to the portrayed person. Thus these portraits evoke question 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!

Although photographs have become quite controversial, it may comfort you to know that none of the children were exposed to actual cigarette smoke through the photo shoots — the cigarettes were actually made of cheese!

Here’s a behind-the-scenes video showing the creation of the images:

You can find check out the photos here and here.


Thanks for sending in the tip, Nathan!


 
 
  • http://twitter.com/JohnMilleker John Milleker

    She should check the white balance on her video camera, the video is a little warm.

  • Shelly

    Suppose to be that way, duh

  • Anonymous

    Pretty sure it’s intentional….

  • Who

    If the cigarrettes are made of cheese, how is it that smoke comes off the end of the them?

  • Matt

    I too must know the answer to this.

  • RandomPerson

    Cohen, Tenenbaum, Lamb, Suchong, Rose, and Ryan

  • Anonymous

    Well kids do smoke in Holland / Belgium. I see plenty inside their parents car, parents smoking, windows closed.

  • http://twitter.com/AmbarAnnette Ambar Annette

    All the bases are made of cheese the ones that have smoke is actually incense. You can clearly see the incense on the making of video in the scene where there’s a little girl with the black veil (1:15). The base is cheese painted and shaped like a cigarette  while the incense sticks out of it. The finished picture was edited to show a classic red cigarette and that of course was done through the magic of computers.

  • http://profiles.google.com/slimspidey Spider- Man

    So shows like Toddlers and Tiaras is accepted as prime time but photoshoped kids smoking is not… 

  • dipshizt

    shut up you bastard.

  • http://the365dayphotoproject.wordpress.com/ Dan Chiacos

    Of all the interesting things this project and resulting video raise, I find it incredible that some idiot only chooses to comment on the white balance of her video camera…!  

  • http://the365dayphotoproject.wordpress.com/ Dan Chiacos

    Of all the interesting things this project and resulting video raise, I find it incredible that some idiot only chooses to comment on the white balance of her video camera…!