Posts Tagged ‘friekejanssens’

Photog Shoots Tombstone Portraits for Subjects Who Are Very Much Alive

Belgian-based photographer Frieke Janssens received quite a bit of attention last year for her portrait series showing young children smoking (don’t worry, they were faked), and now he’s back with another unsettling photography project. This latest one is titled, “Your Last Shot,” and consists of portraits of people that will one day be used on their tombstones. Each one is captioned with a name, a birth date, and a dash leading to an unknown date. The photo above is captioned, “Marcia (December 15, 1961 – ).”
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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!
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