Provoked by Fabrizio Ferri...

24/11/2014

Tatjana Patitz photographed by Fabrizio Ferri for Marie Claire Italia March 1992 (styling: Alessandra Corvace)
Oh, yes... I am back to Fabrizio Ferri and his work. One of my favourite. Ironically, it was just before sharing the post when I realised that Tatjana was holding a cigarette... Next I imagined a few  "oh how terrible..." comments that would follow. 

This lead to a series of thoughts spread over the last three decades of my life in a manner of crunchy peanut butter - a lump here, a softness there, a little sprinkle of salty sensation that, in a way, made  it all palatable...

Tatjana Patitz photographed by Fabrizio Ferri for Marie Claire Italia March 1992 (styling: Alessandra Corvace)
So, the smoking... It was everywhere... Everyone in my family and some of my friends smoked, all but me and my dog - I preferred chocolate as the choice of drug and he loved chicken. I never thought of trying to smoke or felt bothered by those who couldn't live without it. It was a part of life. What I liked about cigarettes, though, was the packaging, the perfectly shaped boxes wrapped in a glossy layer of plastic. For some reason, I found them beautiful. 

A decade later another experience became one of the favourite memories of mine. The aroma of a good cigar smoked in front of a fire place in a cosy little cottage tucked away among the frozen frosted fur trees. That smell, and intoxicating perfume of cognac. Blended. In a middle of the stormy dark winter.

I didn't smoke, nor drunk... But I remembered that December...

Tatjana Patitz photographed by Fabrizio Ferri for Marie Claire Italia March 1992 (styling: Alessandra Corvace)
Another decade passed and the cigarettes became one of the most stylish fashion props the editors would rely on. Being made in the USSR, I wasn't, of course, aware of the Newton's iconic Le Smoking, so it was Cosmo, Elle and Vogue all the way... 

For me, those visual stories have always been a form of art, whether I liked the final result or not, it was there, done for the very idea of stirring some form of emotional response and giving an opportunity of making a choice of my own. To look or not to look. To love or to hate. To smoke or go and have a cup of green tea. To make a conscious decision of being true to myself or following the crowd.

Tatjana Patitz photographed by Fabrizio Ferri for Marie Claire Italia March 1992 (styling: Alessandra Corvace)
This is why I don't understand the negative comments when it comes to cigarettes in glossy magazines. In a way it is exactly the same as a claim that seeing a girl drinking wine in a Vermeer painting made one reach for a glass of bordeaux.

Some people smoke. They've always done and they always will despite the realities of scientific research. Some will quit because they'll find a reason to do so. Others will never think of smoking simply because it wouldn't cross their mind. I doubt that any of those decision will depend on the number of fashion editorials featuring a cigarette because, at the end, the choice is yours, and so is the body you live in...

Tatjana Patitz photographed by Fabrizio Ferri for Marie Claire Italia March 1992 (styling: Alessandra Corvace)
And just out of curiosity... Do you smoke? Or ever did? And what are your thoughts on the subject?

Photo source: Tatjana Patitz photographed by Fabrizio Ferri for Marie Claire Italia March 1992 (styling: Alessandra Corvace)

22 comments:

  1. Cannot be more agreed with you Natalia. You know, I smoked till some years ago, for me was easy to stop as I never be addicted to it. But there is one thing I really dont tollerate, when someone smokes in front of you, almost on your face, and hasnt the educaction to go away, I never did it. Btw, the editorial is awesome! Have a lovely week! xo

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  2. Amazing ^^

    kisses
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  3. That's such a great subject. If you look at the movies of the golden era of Hollywood - say 30s, 40s, 50s, I am not sure there is a flick that doesn't have someone lighting up in it. They were smoking inside, outside, on trains, in cars - everywhere! It was just so fashionable and perceived as glamorous!
    Plus those cigarette holders were extraordinarily beautiful!

    These days smoking is almost taboo. It's perceived as dirty and borderline immoral (aka - why are these models smoking in editorials, surely they are inspiring a nation to smoke) But I don't think anyone is looking at fashion to help them decide on their lifestyle. They would look at their parents, perhaps surroundings, their friends to make that decision.
    I personally look at fashion magazines to find out what clothes and styling is out there rather than let it influence my health choices - I swear you can get a magazine for that solely - i.e. a whole range of fitness/health mags that will tell you exactly why smoking is bad for you :)

    I agree with you, I don't see anything wrong in using cigarettes as props, after all you want to create that specific mood in an editorial :)
    Edita
    www.pret-a-reporter.co.uk

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  4. I've never personally smoked but I've used cigarettes as a prop many times in my photography. It definitely adds a point of visual interest.

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  5. my grandfather smoked. i' never smoked. he gave me a cigarette when i was little and i disliked it and never took it as a habit. hahaha he didn't die of cancer and he smoked a lot. we all have our vices.
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  6. Great post. I like it. I am glad that I didn't smoke.. But before many I smoked. Only a year so it was easy to stop. xa
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  7. awesome pics; -))


    xoxo

    new post
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  8. Smoking... I have smoked for many many years. Then I quit for more than three years and I started again in February. I have now stopped since August. I have mixed feelings about it. But in these photos I see the cigarette just as a prop. So nothing to criticize from my side.

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  9. These pictures are perfect: the cigarette just recalls that charming allure from the past. I smoke on and off (I'm not addicted but it happens sometimes). Most importantly, every time divine Kate Moss is featured one should be induced to use drugs? Art is art. Moralism won't take that art away. Great post and hope my English wasn't too lame as I'm so tired :-)
    Baci,
    Coco et La vie en rose - Valeria Arizzi

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  10. you captured some fabulous shots and the way smoking was so embedded in culture and advertising. I have never smoked: like you chocolate is my drug of choice, and well, shopping ,too..
    I do see wine drinking replacing the cigarette, on TV, in adds, everywhere,.
    And I love my wine, too, in moderation, or sometimes not at all, as now, when the doctors say no..
    happy week!
    xx, Elle
    http://mydailycostume.com/

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  11. This is such an interesting subject. I admit, I have always found that cigarettes look quite glamourous in editorials, I imagine because they featured in them so prominently when I was growing up. But, growing up in North America, the anti-smoking culture has always been a very strong one. My grandfather always smelled of them - and most often of liquor, too - but despite that, the elegance of the look of them was never diminished for me. And yet, like you, I never felt any particular desire to try them. For me, they are like an accessory or a prop. I certainly have smoked, on occasions, over the years, but it's never done much for me and so I've continued to think of it as I always have - as something that looks better in photos than it is in reality. But like you, I believe that there will always be people who do it, regardless of scientific research.
    xox,
    Cee

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  12. I smoked for 10 years and recently quit, I've not touched a cigarette in over a year. I wish I had stopped sooner!

    I'm not a fan of it being in the media because sometimes seeing someone smoke on TV or in magazines can give me a bit of a craving. When I was a smoker, if I saw someone smoking I'd have to go for a smoke too.

    Corinne x
    www.skinnedcartree.com

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  13. You look beautiful! :) I love the black/white :)

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  14. I honestly can't cope with people who smoke anywhere near me! I don't have any friends who smoke and none of my family members smoke. If I see someone smoking in a fashion campaign I immediately roll my eyes! I don't think it's something which should be promoted as being 'cool' or 'fashionable'.

    Tara x

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  15. Classy!

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  16. i grew up in the 80s, and everyone smoked everywhere. my mom and dad still smoke like chimneys and she has emphysema. i've never tried it, and don't care for it. i will say that was soemthing i had to get used to again when visiting europe the first time. that being said, i don't care if it's in photos or adverts. doesn't bother me.

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  17. Gorgeous editorial! I personally don't smoke or drink - and never have. I can't be around smokers, the smell is just not tolerable.

    xx

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  18. Beautiful post, really interesting! xx

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  19. My parents never smoked when I was young, that all happened before I was born, but I don't smoke, but I did smoke for a very short time before university. The photos are gorgeous, even the one with the cigarette, black and white photography may have something to do with he added glam effect.
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