A New Photography Project: The Dying Breed

Last year, I started a 52 week project, My Surrounding Neighborhoods, that I ended up not completing.  I’ve realized that I enjoy and thrive at photography projects that do not have time restrictions or mandates, such as my current Black and White Dollar Portrait (BW$P) Project.  Even though I have a hard time approaching random people and asking for their portrait, I’ve been itching to start a new project that involves just that.

The Dying Breed

With this country cracking down more and more on tobacco smokers and the undeniable evidence of tobacco being a cause of cancer and other major health issues, more and more people will continue to quite smoking.  Though it will most definitely not happen within my lifetime, eventually, smokers will diminish as will tobacco companies.

The premise of this photography project is, simple: to capture portraits of people in the act of smoking.  I will simply approach any individual I come across smoking and ask if they mind participating in my project.  I have already been rejected 50% of the time, but I am hoping I will be able to get enough people to agree to put together 100 unique portraits.  If I reach 100 easily, I’ll consider increasing this number.

Let the project begin…

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  • A very good start, Justin. You won't get me, though, I quit almost 7 years ago after 38 years of puffin'. Good luck on your project.

  • Marianne, thanks and congrats on quiting! I wish you another 7 years+ of
    being smoke free.

    Another aspect I haven't put into the project yet, is asking people how long
    they've been smoking and if they have quit before or are trying to quit. At
    this point, I'm just asking for the portrait and moving on. Maybe I'll work
    up the courage to talk to a few people along the way.

    • It’s a really cool idea, as we indeed are a threatened species 🙂 I’m still puffin’…

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