[Pics] Flickr Spotlight #13 – Smoking Portraits

[Pics] Flickr Spotlight #13 – Smoking Portraits

Smoking is totally bad for your health, and the health of the people around you. BUT, I think we can all agree smoking is awesome for your pictures. With the right light, location or theme, you can get great and memorable shots when the model is smoking.

Personally I never smoked, and never going to try, but I really enjoy looking at portraits of smoking girls and guys. Check out this collection of 15 amazing portraits of smoking people.

Of course we'll be happy to hear which were your favorites, and feel free to show us your own smoking portraits on our Facebook Group.

Photo: Giulia Muraglia.

Photo: Carly Hildebrant.

Evija smoking #1
Photo: Michele Casagrande.

Smokin' the dark II
Photo: Stéphane Giner.

Photo: Massimo Ankor.

“You can't trust any bugger further than you can throw him, and there's nothing you can do about it, so let's have a smoke”
Photo: Sylvia Vale.

Work at Night
Photo: Andras Horvath.

Photo: N A Dybisz.

Photo: Patricio Mercado .

not yours anymore
Photo: Holly Henry.

Don't fuck me around, kid
Photo: David Olkarny.

cheap thrills-n-frills
Photo: Samantha.

Photo: Marsý.

Nocturne: 2
Photo: Tommy Ga-Ken Wan.

Smoke - Imperfecciones 4
Photo: Aldo Tapia.

p.s. - dont smoke!
From Noam:
I always love hearing from fellow photographers. If you have any ideas for themes, or any other suggestion ill be more than happy to hear from you. You can find me on Facebook and Twitter. Oh, and of course on Flickr.

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Christopher Hoffmann's picture

Sylvia Vale has some incredible work on Flickr. Def. the cream of the crop IMO.

Jason Vinson's picture

 i disagree. the images seem to plastic for my taste. very good, but i would not say cream of the crop...

Christopher Hoffmann's picture

Interesting work with DOF... I just don't like the smoke formation. I would have preferred to see more of his face or more of a defined pattern in the smoke. I'm probably asking too much...

Just yesterday someone left a comment on my Flickr page because the subject was smoking in my portrait "Jazz 2012"  He Said: wow, are smoking people really a cool subject for photography in 21st century? shouldn't everyone know better already? 

As long as people are smoking photographers will be taking their photos.http://www.flickr.com/photos/theonewhodidntrun/6960064182/in/photostream

yossi's picture

I Also have one - 



Roman Kazmierczak's picture

Pictures of smoke are cool. Pictures of people are cool. Picture of people smoking... makes me sick.
Especially when I remind myself how hard it was to quit.

I have one here. Smoking gangs

Eric Gould's picture

Smoking kills. Please don't glamorize it. Watching my father and uncle die of lung cancer was not a pretty picture. I'll ask you to remove the photos. 

Christopher Hoffmann's picture

Sorry to disagree with you, but you are being ignorant. War kills, does that mean we should no longer publish those photos either? Drugs can kill, don't show that either? How about food, more people die of heart disease than anything else? Let's all just bury our heads in the sand and act like no humans anywhere ever do anything dangerous. If it happens, we should photograph it. It doesn't mean it's glamorous, it just means it happened. Sorry to hear about your family, but that is a good reason to state (like the author did) that it is bad for you. Don't just ignore the fact that people still do smoke. If you ignore it and act like it doesn't happen you are doing more harm than these photos ever will.

BTW, my mother had to have a double lung transplant due to smoking and cancer. She survives day to day.

Roman Kazmierczak's picture

Well, don't ignore it but don't glamorize it. I didn't see pictures showing how war is cool (except US.army or Nazi agenda).
I don't judge but I think artist don't realize how powerful they are and they should be more responsible.

romain VERNEDE's picture

 life kills... so what do we do now??

smokin girls are wueeeehh

Shot this one during my traveling in Thailand - http://500px.com/photo/5360048

Tom Hawkins's picture

Been documenting smoking for a while now, especially the use within Indonesia, hopefully will have enough images for a gallery showing eventually....http://500px.com/photo/6992578

how is my photo not in here... crushes all of these... only because it is of me :D


Hey, you forgot to include some of my work:)