I started smoking when I was about 15 and quit when I was 45. When you are a kid you think smoking makes you look cool or tough. Everyone smoked. Even doctors smoked. Humphrey Bogart and Cary Grant smoked. Women smoked and somehow it seemed sexy when they did.Tough guys smoked, bad guys smoked. Then the times changed at least in the USA. However when you go to Europe you see a lot more people smoking and I had some time to observe this on our last trip.
What used to look cool or tough now looked sad. People looked nervous while smoking or did they smoke because they were nervous?
Did smokers always look this unhappy and nervous? Did I hen I smoked? Do you if you still smoke?
I am always amazed when traveling through Europe to see how many people smoke cigarettes. It is hard to find restaurants that are non smoking although there are more of them in Paris than during my visit in the 1990’s. This was taken on the streets of Paris as a young man takes a break from his shop job to grab a smoke. You can see other photojournalistic pieces and more scenic work form my european portfolio by clicking here.