Smoke is a visible suspension of carbon and/or other particles in the air, produced from burning a substance. It is often thought that smoke blocks or conceals an image. In actuality, smoke distorts and scrambles what is behind it. In photography, especially in portraiture, we are used to coming to conclusions from what we see as clear as crystal, remove that and we open a new layer. With smoke, the imagination can begin to play once again with what little imagery is given. All the while the smoke takes on its mysterious nature in full form.