Thank You for Smoking

Smoker and Graffiti

Worker Smoking in the Garage

Thank You for Smoking

Photography by: Joseph O. Holmes, NYC

Thank You for Smoking is a series of images by New York photographer Joseph O. Holmes, which shows people hiding away to enjoy a smoke. But looking at these pictures, you might not even notice some of the smokers until the last second. The photographer who captured the images in this collection caught some very interesting stories of furtive smokers. But having to sneak their smokes in an atmosphere of such clandestine secrecy…really, have we come to that, guilt?

Slide Show: Thank You for Smoking

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Furry Fury: Carrot vs. Ninja

Furry Fury: Carrot vs. Ninja

Carrot vs. Ninja is a dark and quirky three-minute animated short film that’s an insane action romp inked and directed by Cedric Nicolas-Troyan, with character design and VFX by The Mill L.A. The hunter becomes the hunted in this short film with a surprising twist. It starts out innocently enough, as a guy drives his muscle car down a stretch of desert highway. Distracted by what might be road kill or its distant cousin, he pulls over to investigate and a ghoulish adventure ensues.

The film combines a clichéd cocky rock ‘n’ roll guy, a muscle car, a Western road movie setting and a darkly wacky Ninja element. While at first you think that you’ve seen it all before, as the story unfolds it gets progressively stranger and less predictable. Nothing is what it seems in Carrot vs. Ninja.

Furry Fury: Carrot vs. Ninja

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Matter Fisher: A Lone Fisherman Encounters a Ravenous Ball of Matter

Matter Fisher: A Lone Fisherman Encounters a Ravenous Ball of Matter

Matter Fisher is a fascinating animated short film by English animator David Prosser, which was honored with a 2011 BAFTA nomination in the Short Animation category. The animation made its online debut this week; the film captures the expressive nature of sketching and combines it with the environmental depth of 3D. It tells the story of a serendipitous journey in which a fisherman is united with a form of estranged matter. The lone fisherman happens upon a ravenous pebble-sized ball of matter that absorbs anything within reach. The more it consumes, the larger and stronger it grows. We witness man’s desire to exploit the power of nature for his own greed, while ignorantly driving it to ultimate destruction.

Matter Fisher tells its story in a way that allows events to unravel as they do in nature, rather than as they do within the structure of a standard story. At a time when physics is accelerating with results from the Large Hadron Collider, the search for the Higgs boson particle and other major theories that could redefine our universe, Matter Fisher explores the possible meaning of our findings in ways that are inaccessible to pure science.

Matter Fisher: A Lone Fisherman Encounters a Ravenous Ball of Matter

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For Sock’s Sake: A Sock Absconds to a Sleazy Nightclub

For Sock’s Sake: A Sock Absconds to a Sleazy Nightclub

For Sock’s Sake is a very funny five-minute animated short film by Carlo Vogele, in which some clothes are taken off a clothesline and subjected to a range of cruel and harsh tortures. First, a sock falls from the clothesline and makes a mad dash for the nearby nightclub, suffering the fate of all wasters, philanderers and dilettantes who abscond in search of the nightlife’s bright lights and sleaze. Whether it be to rescue the sock or to similarly indulge, the line disgorges the rest of its clothes and a journey to the darkness and evils of an underworld clubland ensues. The film features graphic scenes of torture and licentiousness: a sleazy raincoat exposes his lining to the rescue party; Trousers, the boss man of the group, is badly-treated by a steam iron; and the poor little sock ends up being hung in chains above a vat of boiling bleach. This definitely is not a movie for the squeamish launderer!

For Sock’s Sake: A Sock Absconds to a Sleazy Nightclub

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