Love this photo

I am more fond of this image than I am of most photographs of people I actually know who actually take good pictures. Why does the cigarette make such a fantastic prop? It is the ultimate accessory. I have imagined the photo sans cigarette and I don’t think it would have the same allure. What is it about the cigarette? Why do the most interesting characters in my stories smoke? I know it’s an easy dialogue companion, but I don’t feel comfortable employing easy techniques. I also don’t like to use that word “technique” when I’m talking about writing, but that’s another post altogether. So what is it about the cigarette?