Title ︎︎︎ Smoke Breaks
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I am a photographer & graphic designer living in Chicago, IL. The images I am submitting depict a series of Smoke Breaks throughout Chicago, mostly focused in the Loop area. I have been fascinated with the once romanticized act of smoking to what now has become more stigmatized and pushed to the back alleys or hidden nooks of Corporate America. The act of smoking in my photographs are partially obscured by elements such as poles, columns, trees, foliage, and blurred foregrounds, as if to avoid discord. There is something intimate and personal in these private moments, and they deserve to stay that way. These images are a tribute to their intimacy, anonymity, humor, and grace.