Max Colson: Tales

Photojournalism MA student at the LCC

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Blow torched chicken and lamb cubes: My trip to the Halal Butcher

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As I referred to in a previous post, it took me 4 separate attempts to be allowed to photograph inside a Halal butcher. It was hard.

After being labelled an “uneeded factor in the equation” by one man sporting a gleaming business smile, a Bluetooth earphone and a knuckle crunching handshake, I nearly called it quits on my attempt to capture some of Shepherd’s Bush’s finest meatmongery for my ‘people at work’ photo assignment.

However luck finally came my way when I chanced upon ‘Zee’, the genuine and incredibly friendly manager of another joint down the road. Having absolutely no problems with me protruding my lens into the nooks and crannies of his lamb sawing schedule or the intricacies of smoking chicken via blowtorch I was given a time, a handshake and the affirmative. Perseverance does work if you smile enough.

I’d say that 80% of the frames I took were out-of-focused pants quite frankly, so I didn’t decide to show any of the shoot in my tutorial. However there was a blow torching scene at the end of my shoot which is actually quite interesting to look at. Here the selected frames in all their meaty glory (really, really, sorry but I so had to get that pun in there somewhere):


Written by Max Colson

January 27, 2011 at 10:59 pm