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September 10, 2009
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Date Taken
Aug 29, 2009, 1:14:26 PM
Yangshuo is not only famouse for it's landscapes... There is also a so called Farmers Market (in the back of main street), where you can buy almost any animal.
It was a scary place! Maybe you remember when i mentioned it here: @blazko 1:37 PM Aug 29th
and the picture just stayed in my mind...
@blazko 5:26 PM Aug 29th

One word about commenting this picture in terms of China as a whole. Eating dogs is NOT typical to them. It actually happens in only few places mainly in the South of China.
Many folks I met in Beijing were very ashamed that such thing happens in their country.

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Given 2010-04-27

Suggester says, "Please keep an open mind about this picture... rarely does a photo have so much impact as this one does - and rarely will a photographer take a photo of a subject like this. I dont think I've even been anywhere near even thinking about becoming a vegan until now. How anybody can do this to man's best friend or anything for that matter. Why is it OK to do it to a cow, but not a dog...

Shocking, Informative, yet very very upsetting. It raises a lot of questions.

What more could a photos ask for?"China, Yangshuo: 4 by =Blazko

[Photojournalism > Documentary/Editorial]
( Suggested by Thrill-Seeker and Featured by evanhwong )
As disturbing as it is, the Author deserves much appretiation for taking this picture, for its both artistic and purely journalistic merits.

Please don't get me wrong - obiously I don't find it appealing at all, neither does =Blazko. Still, it required guts, skills and a sense of "being in the right place", probably the three most important features of a great photoreporter.

I will start with the technical aspect, since it's easier to comment on. It's a clear, crisp picture executed with much control. Composition is strong and simple and there is no doubt what the focal point is. There is also a very clear distinction between foreground and background, both in focus and colour. All in all, the scene is disturbingly picturesque, almost painting-like, it brings to mind some great still lifes by flemish artists, I would even say that by the tone and light it's almost Vermeer-ian.

And about the content.. Let me put it this way. Photography (as much as Art in general) is about conveying emotions. It's also about delivering a message. And last but not least, it's about leaving space for thought and reflection. From the point of view of a simple reviewer I can only say I find all this here and much more.

In other words, it made me THINK. It made me think of how we treat animals and each other, of life and death, of differences in cultures. It made me reflect on strange beauty which can be found anywhere in this world, even in a terrifying scene like this. It made me think of my own fragility. And of many, many other things worth reflecting on.

Thank you for this.

Ps. just to make things clear - yes, I do feel pity for the animal. I have a dog myself and I believe they are better than humans.
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YuntaoXD Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm so happy I did'nt saw that part of the market.
18Dream Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
A dog doesn't look like that on the inside. I have gutted one or two coyotes and wolves and it looks different.
Blazko Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
say what?
SadistSkunk Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Stunning photo. And very surrealistic to see a dog like this.
rronald25 Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012
Horrible, although I agree that its not typical to eat dogs there as when I visited china for 3 months none of the pople in the big cities that I met agree with dogs eating.
totoram Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This photo realy sicked me and scared me. Though I myself is a Chinese, I haven't heard about Yangshuo. It's cruel to do so in my mind. I cannot accept the concept of eating dogs.....= =! Really really scary! Dogs are pets or friends. Thinking about eating pets!!!!!!
JakeProffer Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Psycho-Schematics Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2011  Student General Artist
I wasn't planning on sleeping tonight anyway...

but now to be serious

That's disturbing, my friends had always joked about how they ate dogs in southern china...but I never thought it would look something like this..
Daelle Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2011
Incredible photo! Rarely does photography leaves you with so many battling emotions about it.
MEW-tiful Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2011  Professional General Artist
Whoa I was not expecting that photo
It really caught me off guard, and I'm not sure which emotion to let out.
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