Up in Smoke

“Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming “Wow! What a Ride!”
― Hunter S. Thompson

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Think of Hunter S. Thompson and the image most likely to pop into your mind as part of your inner encyclopedia is that iconic image of him with a cigarette on the end of a filter in poised on his lips. Whether he has a hat on his head and is wearing dark glasses or not, he’ll always have that filtered cigarette.

When I think of my father, a similar image pops into my mind, only it’s not a cigarette but a cigar, the end turning on and off, shades of red or grey, with his breath, while a thick curl of smoke undulated up from the end of it, slowly dissipating as it rose and joined a throng of particles hovering just below the ceiling of a room.

Smoke is fascinating. The way it moves, makes shapes, designs. It’s like watching clouds only there’s something else there, an essence of human breath and breathing causing a reaction through the action of smoking.

It doesn’t always need human breath, smoke is everywhere where there is fire, or where fire has been and maybe now is gone, a volcano, an incense stick, a snuffed candle, an ember with still fuel to burn, and many other places, but it does need the breath of something for the smoke to move, to snake, dance, shiver, swirl, following an invisible path in the air which it makes visible for a while.

When man stole fire from the gods, he also captured the fascination of smoke, and he’s been inspired by the mystery of such an elusive siren ever since.

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Stoffel De RooverStoffel De Roover – Smoke Interpreted series

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Smoke #6 - Stephano BonazziStephano Bonazzi – Smoke #6

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Smoke and Light by Michael WoloszynowiczMichael Woloszynowicz – Smoke and Light

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Wicked Dames by Vlad VoloshinVlad Voloshin – Wicked Dames series

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Smoke_And_Shadows - avotiusAvotius – Smoke and Shadows

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