Sometimes, there are a few encounters in life which would make us pause our footsteps and let our eyes sink into the scene before us for a moment. That sight can be astoundingly breathtaking, as well as unbelievably unreal. There are times when we started to think what we were seeing were actually there at all, and it took a while before the photography instinct started to kick in and make that shutter click happen. This happened to me in one of my recent visits to my usual street photography hunting ground, Chow Kit.
Images were taken with Olympus DSLR E-5 and Zuiko Digital 50mm F2 macro lens
I am not exactly sure how to elaborate on my thoughts and feelings when I saw what I saw in those photographs. It was quite a morbid scenario I was facing, and there were trains of considerations rushing at the back of my head on how I should approach this subject matter. Practically there was nothing too brutal, because obviously the cow was already dead, and literally no exact cruelty or killing was performed on site where I was standing. However, I just could not help but feel that strong tinge of disgust in my stomach standing so near the subject, yet it was being burned mercilessly. Something just felt "wrong" seeing what I was seeing there.
Nonetheless, the subject and the action were REAL, and it was indeed a photography opportunity. Obviously this would have been less obscene in comparison to a blown off head of a soldier at war that a photo-journalist would capture. Technically (and legally of course) there was nothing wrong shooting and publishing this image. Furthermore, you have got to admit this is not something that you would come across every single day. Uniqueness of this photograph was what drove me to shoot it. Therefore I went on with it, but very quickly, before I walked away due to discomfort.
I know, the photographs that I took could have been better, in terms of composition and more importantly "waiting for the decisive moment". I guess I was just not feeling like sticking around too long. It takes guts to be a real photographer. I am nowhere near there just yet. Oh well...
What is your take on the above photographs? Would you have taken it? Or would you have approached it differently?