Taking Photos of Smoking Girls | A Personal History

May 1, 2012

in Treats

I first started taking pictures of smoking girls on the streets when I was 17 years old.

I wanted to capture the beauty of the sightings for years to come as sightings can be so fleeting.

I’m sure most of my friends were interested in watching porn at 17 years old but for me, my ‘porn’ was in plain sight…pretty girls smoking cigarettes turned me on more than anything else in the world.


Early Attempts

I first tried with a disposable camera…but that didn’t work too well…it would make a loud click which wasn’t subtle, and then I had to take it to a shop to get the pictures developed! I was so embarrassed when I went to collect the pictures! Thankfully, the shots were so blurry and poor quality so maybe my fetish was hidden from the photoshop employees who were developing my pictures.

Phone Photography

I then got a mobile phone with a camera and started doing a little better. When I didn’t have afternoon lessons at school I would head into town and snap the beauties at the train station.

This girl was smoking in the station when it was allowed, in 2004. I loved how much she was dragging on her cigarette. I was sitting next to her at the time, letting the smoke drift over me.

In 2004 it seemed to be that every girl who wore a denim jacket, was also a smoker...it was a rule I used to great effect and it made me smile every time I saw a denim jacket-wearing girl light up


Later on that summer I bought by first proper digital camera and could finally take candids and view them on my computer.

I had a lot of fun capturing these two business women having a cigarette in the station:



University Calls

After that summer I went to university and continued with the candid taking. Here’s a couple from my first day of university, taken with my phone as I sat with a group of smoking girls!

To the present day

I have continued taking candids every year since, and have got better and more bold with time…and the cameras I have used have become better as well.

Most recently I’ve been using my updated phone to capture smoking beauties in higher quality than ever before…my phone now takes better pictures than my first proper digital camera! But there’s something nostalgic about the ‘retro’ feel of my candids of old.

In this spirit I’ve been enjoying using Instagram, a mobile app, to give the modern day pictures an old-school artistic effect.

Here’s some of the candids I’ve managed to take in the last month or so, with added Instagram filter.




Which girl is your favourite? Leave a comment!



Wjl April 29, 2012 at 3:54 pm

They are just great. Thanks very much.

Pete April 29, 2012 at 4:15 pm

You’re surely one of the greatest smoking candid takers of your generation, Flamingo!

I’m delighted to see two more pics of the blondie girl taken during your first day in university (the girl with the Blue Mayfair pack, and the light green-coloured cardigan.)

It’s magnificent to see her dangling that sexy cork filter cigarette; it looks so beautiful in her mouth.

Richard Kohler April 29, 2012 at 4:39 pm

Superb candids, my love for cork filters will never change Thanks

9th Gear April 29, 2012 at 6:21 pm

The girl with the purple beret and the third-to-last girl (with the white blouse and grey vest jacket) look amazing. Ctrl+S!

Apollo April 30, 2012 at 9:34 am

Nice pictures, Flamingo! There are several girls here that I find attractive, but my favourite would have to be the last one. Very cute!

It was also very interesting to read the history of your candid photo taking. Thanks for the update!

Kabir May 1, 2012 at 7:16 am

Nice Candid! But I like the last one most.

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