Frieke Janssens, a photographer by profession, was dumbfounded when she saw a video where a two-year-old child was chain smoking. The video affected her profoundly and she thought of creating the “Smoking Kids” photo series in an attempt to create awareness on the topic. In the photographs, she has used children dressed like adults in various roles like that of an actress, an executive and a housewife etc, with one thing common- ‘smoking’! In the pics all the kids are shown carrying either a cigarette or pipe in hand.
Though here the cigarettes used were either cheese or chalk sticks, yet somewhere out there, there are many children who are actually smoking!! The project brings to light the unraised topic of how smoking impacts children. Children need a childhood, not a hellhole!! They need love, warmth and good habits – not the tainted ones like smoking!!