Chickens are the but of many jokes, but I dare you to stare down one of these chickens! These photographs are by Ernest Goh, and I stumbled on his work from a short write-up in the American Photo magazine. When I visited his site I found an impressive and inspiring collection of photographs of different animals, from Serama chickens to snakes; all rendered with dignity and huge respect. Their spirit, personality, and expressions are captured in almost heroic portraits. Judging by the charisma they display, you probably don’t want to cross these chickens by calling them “chicken.” With their truly huge chests and the poses they display, they look like body builders in Mr. Universe contest; Arnold, eat your heart out!
I wanted to share this small collection just to whet your appetite so that you will visit Ernest’s Web site and see his other works. I learned from his work and related writings that in Malaysia they raise certain kinds of chickens not for food but for pageantry where they strut on the runway to show off their larger than life personality. Apparently the Serama chicken is one of the smallest varieties but with a huge attitude, charisma, and personality as you will see in the following gallery. Major media have written about his work, my post here is to introduce Ernest and his majestic chickens to the followers of this site.
I highly recommend visiting Ernest Goh’s Website and carefully viewing how he photographs nature and animals. Reminiscent of Avedon and Penn, formal, direct, engaged; his style seems to assign human-like traits, personality, and expression to the animals he photographs. Now, next time you hear someone calling a person “animal”, think of Ernest Goh’s animals and you will hear that insult as a compliment!
Here are Goh’s chickens. Admire!
(Photographs are published with permission from Ernest Goh to appear on this site)