Are These Chickens on the Runway
Chickens are the butt of many jokes, but I dare you to stare down one of these birds! 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 don’t want to cross them by calling them “chicken.” With their truly huge chests and the poses they display, they look like bodybuilders in the Mr. Universe contest: Arnold, eat your heart out! These are the Chickens on the Runway by Ernest Goh!
These are not Ordinary Chickens
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 poultry not for food, but for pageantry where they strut on the runway to show off their larger-than-life personality. 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 birds 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 assigns 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, as I add Ernest Goh to the list of photographers I have written about. I don’t want those chickens coming after me!)