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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 General 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.
emovince101 Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
OH MY GAWD!!!!! I FEEL SO BAD FOR THE DOG DX DX DX DX... But then being asian makes me curious to what dog tastes like O.o
sandra30 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2011
not cool that is wroug
BlackDiamond13 Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2011
wow i cringed when i saw this...
though i'm proud of my heritage,
it still kinda bothers me we love to try new flavors so much, that we butchered dogs and cats...ehhh.....but as you said, it wasn't very common which is good.
again, very nice work.... wow.
Jaguaraz Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2010   Traditional Artist

check it out, some chinese guy skins racoons alive.
karmazilla Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2010
A truly repulsive subject, excellently presented.

So much force is at work in this picture.
SnailsLoveTea Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2010  Professional Photographer
Wow, just...How did y9ou manage to get access to a place like this? Incredibly horrific, but so memorable.
knucklesxtails Featured By Owner May 27, 2010
is that a dog????
BookshelfWarrior Featured By Owner May 11, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
This looks so much like a 3D render. Is it edited to look so or what?
PoisonMeForTheFuture Featured By Owner May 5, 2010
Man thats an amazing photo. Things like this need to be shown I think.
Yes its disgusting,yes its cruel,yes it maybe gratuitous to IS no different to seeing a cow,lamb or pig whatever that many,many people readily eat everyday. Dogs are eaten in some cultures,fact. That'll never change..for any,for want of a better word,"farmed" animal. There comes the main issue for me,the farming and slaughter conditions. They are the things that really matter and the collective human conscience should care about that primarily.
The arguments go back and forth,back and forth and I can understand and agree with both sides..not out of diplomacy but out of the fact that we all have our opinions to which we are entitled.
These things go on in our world regardless of whether we want to know about them or not. Out of sight,out of mind isn't a good thing,its a form of self censorship.
I think its a brave man who tackles the worlds ideals about such matters as these.
NotAFake Featured By Owner May 2, 2010
this isn't shocking, or even now. this is all stuff we've seen before, thanks to PETA.
FreakyShadows Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2010
Wow. I first looked at this, and I didn't realize what type of meat that was. I thought it was just another butcher shop shot, or something of that like. I saw it on the DD page and clicked it. Not only is this photo one that I can't easily look away from, but it also raises a lot of questions, not only concerning animal rights. I don't think I've ever been so glad that I'm a strict vegetarian, and I don't think I've ever been so impacted or so provoked, thought wise, by a photo in the DD stack. Not only does this raise eyebrows as well as questions, but it's also composed in an effective manner. I won't say that I like this photo, because I don't. But I really and truly appreciate the thought and the intention behind it. You are quite the artist, so you should keep doing what you do, whether people like it, agree with it, or not.
MaxPeterson Featured By Owner May 1, 2010
where is your problem, every culture has its own habit. ha hung up pig doesn't look more beautiful than a hung up dog. so what's the big deal around this? It's just disgusting to post this on an art forum.. sad what became out of deviantart.

deviantart is page no. 1 for porn and disgusting things. sad...

i cant rate on this with aspects i would rate normal art, either am i not sick enoughe to fav it. It's maybe a cultural shock for europeans but dude, wrong forum u posted this, try but that's not art.
D3vilCookie Featured By Owner May 3, 2010
deviantart #1 page for "disgusting things"? You've obviously never visted newgrounds.
Art is a way of expression and communication. Sometimes art is just about entertainement, other times it's about making us think a little.
One of the beauties of photography is the capacity to capture the emotions and atmosphere of a place in a single shot, and it can be a very hard and fustrating task. You don't think it's art because it's "sick"? What about the many horrifying photos of the vietnam war, or the world war 2? Sometimes you just need to break your bubble and see that many vile things happen around the world. In fact by showing your disgust, you're proving that this piece of photography is art, as you're feeling a certain emotion.
Ainori Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2010
FreakyShadows Featured By Owner May 1, 2010
I concur that every culture has its own habit, however the image raises a question as to how far is too far. I suppose if, in a dire situation, whatever meat you can get is acceptable if it's a question of survival. However the progression and the lives of dogs have changed since times before. Where certain people may view them as just another animal, others view them as the common role of man's best friend. I suppose it depends on who you ask.

I do not agree where you say that this shouldn't be on an art forum, though you are certainly entitled to your opinion. If this is something that impacts the artist and is presented in a way where it impacts the viewer, it's art. Art isn't always supposed to be aesthetically pleasing or pretty. I would go as far as to say that it shouldn't be aesthetically beautiful as much as it is. The fact that you call people "sick" who fave this is ridiculous Max, because whether the person thinks it's beautiful or not, really depends on the person. Personally, I don't find it beautiful, however I find it appropriate. I commented and faved this because it's IMPACTED me, and made me think. That's what art is supposed to do.

And, by the way Max, if you have a rotten thing to say, please refrain from it. This is supposed to be a website for artists and people who wish to critique and improve themselves and their art, and the only thing you're doing by posting nasty things to people is contributing to the population of the non-artists which you speak of. Do others, and yourself, a favor and learn when to keep your mouth shut.
Animel29 Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2010
wahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh. ah ah ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh:(
DBI-ZnT Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2010
Hey, steak is steak. Fine by me.

Would eat anything edible, regardless. Wouldn't eat human, though. Cannibalism does not make sense evolutionarily, and might end up with some Creutzfeldt–Jakob, etc.
Darngoodbacon Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2010
This photo is so crisp! At where you took the picture, the background rather looks like a dogs face...This is National Geographic worth, I'm thinking.

On a non-art related note, I'd eat a dog...I bet tons of "special" meat cuts before laws were in placed were dog and other animals. The Jungle anyone?
Sajak Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2010
I find it very hard to believe this is a real photo. Not because of the subject matter, but just looking at it it seems to be quite obviously not real.
hagrid78 Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
oh i thought this must of been a manip of some sort but it's real....gawsh man harsh photo makes ya think :o
FireDemon-Hioni Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2010
*shudder* Spooky... :iconscaredplz:

That kid sister of Nadoka's would have a cow if she saw this... :o
KtRocks57 Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2010
I uhh...don't know what to think of this....
MaddieLea Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
vaneral Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Huh. So it's food. Cow or dog, it's food. I personally don't care. I mean, there are those out there who freak about picking a single leaf off a tree [tree says "ouch!"] but it happens, and frankly the only thing that should be emphasized is whether or not the animal was killed humanely. Did we break it's neck and then eat it while it's still alive? Did we shoot it from afar and then butchered it while the animal is still breathing raggedly and its eyes are wide with fear? Did we take it alive and toss it in a pot or boiling water while still moving and squirming?

Animals don't have a sense of right or wrong--they just are what they are. When an animal kills for food, it cares not whether the animal it is eating is in pain. We are supposedly the only creature on this planet that can figure right or wrong. The only thing we can do is simply be thankful for that which is our food, and try not to abuse it. No need to become vegan for the fact that humans will always eat meat. Just need to respect the beast that is part of our meals, and try not to forget that we are lucky to be the top animal out there.

Good image--but I'm not sure I like the way you filtered it, or whatever you did to make it so blurry/smooth. It takes away the grittiness of the photo, and personally it lost a lot of its shock value for me. But that's just me.
JuneBerry Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2010  Professional General Artist
My thoughts exactly. On all counts.

It doesn't matter that these people have dog meat in their diet (though I'd be lying if I said eating a dog doesn't bother me a little simply because I love the dogs that I have as pets – but that's beside the point). What matters is the manner in which this animal was slaughtered, and nothing in the photo tells us anything about that.

And I also really don't like the filter he put on the picture. It lessens the reality of the situation and just makes it seem like it was a drawing he created from imagination. Because of the filter(s) he added to it, I have about the same emotional attachment to the animal as I would a 3D render (or drawing) of one...
TheOriginalKazra Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2010
I like it for the artistic value and view of it, but this kinda takes me back to when I got an email from a friend with some of the ways that the illegal fur farms in Southern China get the fur from the dogs. I'm a serious animal lover, and that video made me want to do the same thing they were doing to the dogs to them and to see how they like it, but I suppose that's just the side of me that loves animals and hates people for doing what they do to them.

Though, part of me understands why, and how, they were doing that, even though I don't want to.

Anyway, this is an interesting photograph. It also makes me feel glad that I do not live in Southern China, where I might be doing the same thing.

I kinda don't want to fave this only because of the resemblance between the dog in the image and my dog here at home, but that is the only reason. Other than that, it really is amazing. And if I had a stronger stomach, I would fave it as well. ^^;
KlonoaWarrior Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2010
Poor guy....
thechaosgod Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2010
This probably won't be popular, but I don't see the problem with eating dog. Though I assume that the conditions with the slaughter are the terrifying part. Very good emotional picture.
gokuyert Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2010  Professional Photographer
it looks like a digital manipulation, ha
twieja Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2010
Congrats for the DD! it fully deserves it.
max-c-lee Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2010
Another thing! Anybody seen all the STUPID horror/ macabre photos on this site? And this disturbs you? Honestly, your pretentiousness is blinding you.
Gwathiell Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
I heard of it. If you look on the net, you'll find tons of info about this subject and many many are way worse than this image.. God, I don't wanna know how he died. I read how many do die :(

But this is a strong image. I also thought that it's a photomanip, than I looked closer and agreed it isn't. Thank you for posting it up and congrats to a DD.

It's a good way to rise up a question on topics such as .. what kind of humans we all are. Probably to many if it would be a cow, it would be ... "oh, i seen this before, nah" .. but it's a dog. Makes one think, what if it would be a pig, whale, shark, lion, seal, deer, kangaroo etc ? Would I feel same offended? Are we aware of how animals are treated and killed so we can have meat?
And what if a human would be on picture like this? Have you noticed that when a human is being violantly killed, the killers are often refered as "animals" ?
Coming across similar subjects, like this photo, always makes me wonder.
max-c-lee Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2010
First of all, this a fantastic photo. Raw, pure, journalism.

But I must say, 'Deviants' here are silly. It's like they've never witnessed photojournalism. Almost every Pulitzer prize winning photograph is of somebody getting killed, dying, or dead. And this seems to be excessively shocking to almost everyone. I'm only saying this because I feel that by stating "I can't believe you took this" they are discrediting you. You're a photographer. Of course you took this. What are you to do? Stand there with a camera and avert your eyes? Of course not.

And so much for not commenting on China as a whole... everybody is still doing it. Even by saying "eating them is NOT typical to China" is commenting on China as a whole. Even if it were typical in China to eat dogs, it would be okay. It's a culture. Just because they're "man's best friend" in the U.S. doesn't mean they have to be in China. And since when is providing meat and sustenance to a population and families "killing" or "murdering." I know dogs are cute, but instead having an "open mind" as the suggester suggests, STOP having a western mind and suppress your immediate pathos for once. It distracts you from the true impact.
loradream Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2010
I'm not for animal abuse,but for some reason,I really love this shot.
It brings so many emotions in my mind,although I don't feel anger,I feel more of a cultural sense.I know in China that they abuse dogs and torture them,that enough is enough to drive me crazy,but this picture brings peace to me...I don't get it at all.
Titianna Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
It's so odd how such harsh lighting as sunlight can make such a macabre picture look 'not real'.

I showed this to a friend of mine and he felt that it looked sculpted and fake.

I think that it might have just been the fact that he is used to the artificial texturings and lightings of programs from Poser. (Even though he's been on the infamous 4chan forums)
hatefueled Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2010
that's a photo? it looks like a half decent graphics game scene or a digital made image of some kind!
swelements Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2010
hey, everyone who's eating chicken, fish, pigs and cows should shut up immediately. why's everyone so arrogant and adjudges people who have different eating habits than we have just because they eat something we are used to have in our livingroom, on our couches and in our beds? That's stupid.

Good photo by the way, technically speaking.
DoreenjaHa Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2010  Student
chaosbull Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2010
it is a good way to show it
wildpetals Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2010
I'm really offended by this. And you made a choice to post this. (You could have chosen not to post this). Maybe you enjoy and get your jollys off of offending people and crave any kind of attention you can get? This is unforgiveable. It has ruined my day and seeing how it got a Daily Deviation I'm thinking I don't even want to be a member of this website anymore.
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