What are YOU looking at?
(Aren’t you proud of me for not making a cock joke?)
Chicken beauty pageants are big business in Malasia. I am not making this up. And Singaporean photographer Ernest Goh has become portraitist to the (chicken) stars. For good reason, since his pictures are phenomenal, but it’s still a little funny.
But it’s not all feathers and hairspray. He has beautifully documented many deadly serious stories including the Singapore SARS outbreak and the aftermath of the 2004 Tsunami in Aceh. I assume the chickens are for fun.
And here’s a lovely video wherein the photographer, with a completely straight face, talks seriously about chicken glamour photography.
Ernest Goh – COCKS, Chicken Beauty Pageants from anotherbeautifulstory on Vimeo
And when you’re done with the chickens, go check out his fish pics, which manage to be every bit as full of personality as his chicken pictures, if you can imagine. I know I couldn’t.
Important Epilogue: While taking a last look at his website, I clicked on something called “Man of the Forest” and came across the most beautiful baby orangutan photos I’ve ever seen. I don’t want to spoil the impact by including one in this post, but please-oh-please check them out. They’re phenomenal!
May 7, 2014 at 4:28 pm
This is now the source for my new desktop backgrounds far into the future.
May 7, 2014 at 5:22 pm
That’s a great idea! Stealing!
May 8, 2014 at 9:01 am
Those photos are amazing!! Mad, but amazing! I do wonder at which point he thought “When I grow up, I am going to publish a book of Cocks!” Just curious!!
May 8, 2014 at 9:19 am
Would have made interesting school papers. What I want to be when I grow up, by Ernest Goh . . .
And did you look at the orangutan pics? So much character in those faces. The grumpy one looks like Mel Brooks to me.
Really enjoying your blog, by the way. Just read “The Other Woman Part I.” Really well done!
May 8, 2014 at 9:27 am
Thank you!! Hahahah!! Mutual admiration!! And yes, I did look at the orangutans, I find the hand almost frighteningly overwhelming.
May 8, 2014 at 9:32 am
The hand was a bit much, and frankly was overdue for a manicure.
May 8, 2014 at 9:34 am
Aha!! That’s what it was!! I was jealous because I don’t have fingernails!!
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