Every smoker is different and every drag a delight to watch. Naturally when I’m enjoying the sight of a beautiful girl smoking I started wanting to take photos of them.
The year was 2003 when I first time I tried taking photographs of smokers.
I was 17 and was visiting universities on their open days during the summer and autumn. It was one of the first times I had an opportunity to travel alone and brought along a disposable film camera. I was going to photograph smokers! I was excited and nervous.
I didn’t have the ideal equipment though. The camera would make a loud ‘click’ when taking a picture and I was really nervous I would be caught by my first ‘subjects’.
I made some attempts but was unsure of myself, especially about how I was going to get the shots processed. As I was shooting on film I then had to take the camera to a photography shop to get the pictures developed.
I was incredibly nervous and worried the staff at the shop would identify me as the guy with the photos of women smokers. As I picked up the pictures the guy serving me gave me a slight smile and after paying I hurriedly existed the shop.
I needn’t have worried too much -the shots were badly framed and poorly exposed.
This wasn’t going to work.
I gave up as autumn turned to winter and shortly afterwards, in February 2004, I started this blog, Smoking Women are Sexy in. By April I had bought myself my first mobile phone and it had a built in *digital* camera. No more loud clicking; no more having to have my photos developed in photography shops.
My candid photography hobby had begun.