“Smoking Kids”, portraits by photographer Frieke Janssens.
Frieke Janssens’ Website
THESE. ARE. AMAZING.
these kids look fresh
Very, very nice! The motives could easily have been too predictable or uninteresting, but the fact that the smoking gestures are so recognisable makes it interesting. The adult clothes seem uncanny.
Hahaha, first guy looks blazed.
Really amazing stuff! At first I was convinced these were paintings until I watched the video. Thanks for the share!
It’s borderline child abuse. Exposing these children to second hand smoke to create “fashionable art direction”. The centered figures in circles, I mean really people. Get to work!!
watch the video, its not even remotely child abuse – its faked
Yea @Myraha I agree. I always thought these were paintings. When I first saw the white girl with the pink sweater and blonde hair, it looked like an oil painting. Amazing work though. These kids look like they’ve smoked before XD
And by the way, the kid at the end is going to have some serious health issues. Dude smokes more than my buddie lmao! He’s so cute though. KIDS ARE SO PRECIOUS!! I WANT ALL OF THEM!
7th Look Like Margot Tenenbaum :) http://data.whicdn.com/images/27088206/tumblr_m2e6lydLrl1qbjb4zo1_500_large.jpg
hahah this is brilliant! You guys should check out http://www.Movingsketch.com for more unknown artists.
i think people that think this is child abuse and even real are RETARDED. yes, RETARDED as in STUPID not mentally handicapped.
also, amazing concept and photography.
oddly enough I find the video more stirring than the finished photographs?
ya actually i wish the behind the scenes video was longer i love seeing the little people
The process is almost always more interesting than the final product.
Labeling it art does not excuse exploitation of children at the expense of someone’s idea of art. Art or not, these are children.You don’t know if these children will grow up to fully regret this photoshoot. Children are people too but at this age obviously cannot make grown up decisions for themselves. But hey, at least they can rely on these artists right? It looks amazing so who cares about what the kid will think when he or she potentially develops morals about smoking.This makes me very sad and there’s nothing to be open minded about when it comes to promoting poor choices with the most vulnerable. Very selfish and disgusting.
hey emily, go smoke a blunt
“To assure you of the safety of the children, there were no real cigarettes on set. Instead, chalk and sticks of cheese were the prop stand ins, while candles and incense provided the wisps of smoke.”
kids are smarter than you think, give them some credit.
shhh, nopony care what you think.
If you think they are promoting smoking then you obviously did not understand the point the artist was trying to make.
Photos or paints?
It is difficult to have an instant response to these. That’s why I like them.
by the by, “To assure you of the safety of the children, there were no real cigarettes on set. Instead, chalk and sticks of cheese were the prop stand ins, while candles and incense provided the wisps of smoke.”
from her site.
I wasn’t sure what I thought about this at first. Now I think it’s really interesting and I love that it’s open to interpretation. I think she’s making a good point here.
ughhh nobody likes a provoker.
This is amazing! I love art that gets everyone talking.
I’m glad SOME people took the time to watch the video and understand what is really going on.
I can’t believe people actually thought that these kids were made to smoke real cigarettes for the sake of art.
To everyone out there saying this photo shoot promotes smoking and bad habits or even more, saying this is child abuse, let me tell you something – you are wrong. Chalk and sticks of cheese were the prop stand ins, while candles and incense provided the wisps of smoke.
The message of this photographs were extremely disturbing and truthful. The artist denigrating the innocence of the children leaves you senseless. That’s a real problem nowadays and this is supposed to make people aware of the filthy society we live in and the childhood of this generation becoming less and less joyful. Sad, but true. Great work!
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