SMOKINGBoxing

Between 2009 and 2012 I photographed smokers in Italy, France, Spain, Scotland and England. The starting point for the project was the short breaks in our working day. A few minutes to calm down and to escape into our own thoughts. Because of visual reasons I only chose smoking breaks. The smokers are standing in the street often by the door of their workplace. I have approached them told them what I'm doing asked them for permission and photographed them while smoking. I wanted to make the series of photographs as uniform as possible althought the shooting locations were in different parts of Europe so I used a clean background and natural light. There is hardly any doubt about the health effects of smoking. My photographs do not deal with the matter from a health perspective. Smoking certainly rises all kinds of feelings but my purpose was solely to produce portraits of people smoking and thus try to describe the times we live in without taking a stand for or against. I'm very greatful to everybody who contributed to my project! Merci beaucoup! ¡Muchas gracias a todos! Eskerrik asko! Grazie mille! A big thanks to all of you who let me photograph you smoking in Italy, Spain, France and Britain! The exhibition has been shown in Kokkola, Oulu, Vaasa, Loviisa and Helsinki.