1. AnnMarie

    February 5, 2014 at 4:08 pm

    I’m loving these pictures – it’s a glimpse of a world most of us don’t see on a daily basis.

  2. StandardGoods

    February 5, 2014 at 4:12 pm

    Perfect. Love where your work is taking you.

  3. eve

    February 5, 2014 at 4:38 pm

    This is milk fed veal. Note the calf’s hind leg and neck is tied so s/he can’t move. The picture would be charming otherwise.
    oh yes the Amish are huge puppy-mill operators as well.
    Just fyi

    • roelien

      February 5, 2014 at 5:25 pm

      yes, this looks like an awful situation to be in for the calf.
      the girl can’t help it, i suppose…

    • Lucy

      February 5, 2014 at 5:33 pm

      Oh man, that is a bummer. (I think she’s Mennonite, not Amish.)

    • Theresa

      February 5, 2014 at 8:34 pm

      Agreed. The veal part kinda ruins it. But otherwise nice photo.

    • Mark

      February 5, 2014 at 8:46 pm

      Thank you eve. I was blind but now I can see. Quite a disturbing photo when considering the context. I imagine this is not Sart’s intent nor the purpose of his blog, to which I enjoy my daily visits. But I can’t help feeling sad and angry at once about what’s happening. This photo has thus become even more powerful for me because of its duality.

    • The Sartorialist

      February 6, 2014 at 9:42 am

      First of all she is not Amish.

      You have to admit you have no idea whats happening in this image or what happened two minutes before or after the shot.

      So I imagine all the people that are so upset never leash their dog? Even for it’s own protection?

      • Jeremiah

        February 6, 2014 at 11:08 am

        Do you have any idea what is happening in this image or what happened in the minutes before or after the shot? If you do, and it is different from what folks are intuiting, it would be nice of you to share. From where I sit, it looks unspeakably cruel. That is not to say I hate the image. From a documentary perspective it is one of the strongest images on this blog, equal to those showing individuals in abject poverty. If people are going to eat animals, they should be forced to consider where their food comes from. Further, even if you don’t eat veal, it is a by-product of cattle farming, so unless you are in control of your food supply, if you eat a steak or a hamburger, you contribute to this. Absolutely something to consider before judging.

        • roelien

          February 7, 2014 at 7:50 am

          hear hear Jeremiah!

          the picture, beautiful as it is, shows a paradoxical image: a lovely young girl taking care of a very young animal, which is helplessly tied and tangled up in nasty thin rope. this particular fact makes the image, well, just a little less endearing. it was your own choice to show it on your blog without any information. so please don’t get prickly (involving dog leashes? come on…) when people react to what they see, and try to appreciate the fact that for once nobody is commenting on the pretty mix of flowerpatterns. this type of comment comes with the territory.

        • Martine

          February 8, 2014 at 11:21 pm

          Do you honestly think that tying up a cow is some big deal? Ok, maybe the cow would rather not be tied up, but then it probably would rather not be eaten. Do you get upset when you see wolves catch their dinner? If you do..then do you get upset if they starve when they don’t. We are ANIMALS, and ANIMALS EAT ANIMALS. Simple.

      • Noelia

        December 18, 2015 at 7:02 am

        Not with a thin rope like this, no. I would never leash my dog like that. Wouldn’t allow for him to stay tangled in it like that either, it looks anything but comfortable. And I wouldn’t eat him or breed him for meat.
        Also, call me crazy but I think a young calf should be drinking milk from its mother… The calf’s eye says a lot to me too. Sure I don’t know what happened before or after the photo, you’re totatlly right about that. But I do know how it makes me feel, and this in turn has nothing to do with whether I find it’s a great photograph or not.

      • Cecilia

        January 5, 2017 at 2:34 pm

        I also wonder what the context of the photo is? Like Jeremiah asked, would you mind sharing?

        I realize this is a very old photo, I just stumbled upon it in the random photos, so perhaps you have forgotten?

    • Hera

      February 6, 2014 at 10:07 am

      I don’t see any animal cruelty when I look at this photo. We don’t know the whole story , maybe the kid is feeling more comfortable feeding the animal when it is tied. Anyway I love it.

  4. Chahrazad

    February 5, 2014 at 5:09 pm

    Such a beautiful photograph! She feeding the calf. <3


  5. milexmilex

    February 5, 2014 at 5:19 pm

    I would say it’s phenomenal !

  6. Laura

    February 5, 2014 at 5:21 pm

    This serie of photos from Pennsylvania is so great!


  7. Ro Moreira

    February 5, 2014 at 5:23 pm

  8. Rose D. Frenchtown, NJ

    February 5, 2014 at 5:37 pm

    Unfortunately, my first thought was exactly the same as Eve’s. Disappointing…

    • Hulya

      February 5, 2014 at 7:43 pm

      Me too :/ It is disturbing because there will be people who think this is “awww, cute”.

      • Darcy H

        February 11, 2014 at 12:16 pm

        I’m with you, Rose and Eve. It’s hideous.

  9. galsandan

    February 5, 2014 at 8:43 pm

    OK. Here is an admission. I don’t like this. For some reason….

  10. Lucy

    February 5, 2014 at 10:17 pm

    Yes, they’re both tethered in some way, both lacking in choice – at least this is the way I see it. It’s a complicated image, terribly sad.

    • westcoasttiger

      February 6, 2014 at 9:12 am

      Hmm… I love that observation.

      • galsandan

        February 6, 2014 at 4:28 pm

        Yes, maybe that. How you imagine choice. (Nothing to do with animal.)

        • Martine

          February 8, 2014 at 11:28 pm

          Honestly, animals eat animals, and humans are animals. Do you feel sad when you see a pack of wolves chase a deer, bit at its flanks until it loses its footing and tear into its throat? If you do, then do you feel sad when a pack of wolves fails to catch their dinner and starve? Or do you think only herbivores have a right to this world? Because without carnivores the herbivores too would die, they are a part of an eco system. So are we. We are simply one of many apex predators. We just raise our food rather then chase it. Cruelty has nothing to do with the process. I don’t cry over my hamburger.

          • katha

            September 26, 2014 at 7:19 am

            If you went chasing your own hamburger, I’d be with you on this. But the fact is that most of the meat consumed in the West is produced by a capitalist meat industry, with horrendous implications for the animals and the environment, not to mention the people who have to kill on a serial basis in that industry. But we can go buy our daily meat in the supermarket without being confronted with this nasty business. I admit that this is not the context of this photo. But one also has to acknowledge that the animal in this picture is looking far from comfortable.

  11. westcoasttiger

    February 5, 2014 at 10:22 pm

    Here, even on this fashion blog, every now and then we are reminded that context is everything.

    The photographer is the window, not the architect.

  12. Denisa

    February 6, 2014 at 3:06 am

    Very nice pic.

  13. nao

    February 6, 2014 at 3:13 am

    I’m OK with this picture. I eat meat. Anyway, we are killing many living things as we live, even as we walk (imagine ants and millions of tiny creatures you’re killing, and they suffer).

    So, nice dress.

  14. Mustafa K. Erg√ľn

    February 6, 2014 at 3:54 am

    Very nice..

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  15. gabriel

    February 6, 2014 at 4:08 am

    A charming composition, real and not sentimental .


  16. Vie

    February 6, 2014 at 6:40 am

    This is sad…don’t really like it…

  17. Michael Scott

    February 6, 2014 at 6:46 am

    What are you getting at with these images other than trying to glorify their extremely oppressive society? Gays are shunned, women oppressed, individuality stunted. And their seemingly wholesome baked goods are full of lard, bleached flour, and refined sugar. There is nothing really quaint about them.

    • The Sartorialist

      February 6, 2014 at 9:45 am

      Thanks for the hate, you’re method is so much more quaint.

  18. Yulia Yemelianova

    February 6, 2014 at 7:20 am

    I love your photos from real life. I usualy browse fashion blogs, so such change of focus is very refreshing.

    My illustration blog

  19. Cara

    February 6, 2014 at 10:22 am

    LOVE THIS PICTURE. I hope it’s okay if I make it my background picture on my laptop? :)

  20. Amsle

    February 6, 2014 at 10:28 am

    They both seem to be happy in this moment. It’s good.
    I grew up on a small farm. This picture touches me. Thank you so much.

  21. Queenie

    February 6, 2014 at 10:55 am

    beautiful photo! xx

  22. David

    February 6, 2014 at 11:09 am

    I love veal, and I love that young Mennonite girls are feeding my veal.

  23. Caroline

    February 6, 2014 at 5:09 pm

    I grew up in rural PA with Amish/Mennonite neighbors, and while many of their practices are quaint and charming, raising veal in this way is not. I’ve seen countless calves tied up in this way on farms in my area, and their confusion and loneliness is heartbreaking. Would have been nice to see this image with some context– the old ways aren’t always better.

    • Martine

      February 8, 2014 at 11:33 pm

      You only have so much space on a farm. I would rather they tied up the cattle, then they needed to clear off more wilderness to feed themselves. Its no less cruel to deprive wild animals of habitat. And not eating meat doesn’t solve it. You actually need more farmland to provide sufficient protein by using crops and vegetables then livestock. So even more land would need to be cleared, even less space available for wild creatures. Unless you think we should all stop eating?

      But did I not see this picture before? I keep thinking I have said this already.

  24. ted

    February 6, 2014 at 8:52 pm

    Cruelty is never charming. Sorry.

  25. nora

    February 7, 2014 at 10:10 am

    all haters here: are eating meat?
    I really don’t understand how anyone can speak of cruetly regarding this picture. I really don’t get it.

  26. Antoinette

    February 7, 2014 at 9:53 pm

    I see nothing quaint or charming about this photo. Cruelty is cruelty no matter how it is dressed up.

    • Martine

      February 8, 2014 at 11:17 pm

      How do you suggest we raise our food? I am not seeing anything cruel here. Its a cow.

      • mette

        February 9, 2014 at 4:52 am

        Would you have reacted likewise if it was a dog? An animal is the same whether we consider it food or not. The human being is an animal too…. Its important to react to all kinds of cruelty.

  27. Amanda

    February 13, 2014 at 11:58 am

    1) The calf isn’t destined for veal. Veal calves are kept in narrow slatted floor crates where the calf can’t turn around.
    2) Tethering calves on a rope isn’t the optimal way to raise baby calves, but it’s not horribly cruel as they can still get up and down, walk around and get some exercise.. This calf appears to be tangled in it’s rope, NO ONE shackles their calves or keeps them laying down.
    3)This is a very rare practice on dairy farms these days, and even then, it is only for the first few days, until they can drink from a bottle well, or at max, until weaning at 4-6 weeks old.
    4) As one person has said, we don’t know the background behind the picture. The calf could be restrained temporarily, until a clean pen could be found, or the farm has ran out of pens and they didn’t want to house it with other calves twice it’s size. There are a lot of different possible scenarios.
    4) While this isn’t how I’ve raised calves, the calf is otherwise clean and healthy, so let’s not get out the torches and pitchforks, alright?

  28. Tami Sue

    February 17, 2014 at 2:06 pm

    What a disturbing sight. This sickens me.

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