I was going to write my daily #Wednesdaywisdom post related to this my recent portrait work. I particularly found it very difficult today....because there's nothing "smart" about in smoking! I did a lot of researches and try to find some insights and inspirational thing about smoking from all the great writers of film-noir and artists online. After all, they have nothing but bad thing to say about smoking. They are right....Smoking is bad. And yet, we can't help noticing there's something mysterious and sexy in act of smoking.....then I realized I was trying to understand this idea in all wrong.
People smoke not because they want to kill themselves. People smoke because it is "Bad" it's that simple---- Purity can be boring, the devil's seductive. It is the same idea with drug and alcohol. It's the same effect that we find "Bad" villains sexy. That explains, in Film-Noir, all the villains & bad guys are women and they're all mysteriously sexy and they achieve their goal in the end..... Writers and artists are drawn to express those "Bad" women and the act of smoking often represents what they are; "Pleasure in Destruction"
For me, I cannot afford to smoke cigarettes for being a fighter and father, nor am I here to judge those who do smoke. But, to be honest, understandings of its allure and power give me a lot of inspirations & influences in my work. What is your take on smoking?