I second that!
Not to start a moral debate here, but I never understand the mindset of “at least they led a happy life.” Isn’t it just as cruel, if not more cruel, to give a sentient being a “happy” existence only to make it taste better…?
Furthermore, what do cow snouts have to do with sartorial style?
“Isnâ€™t it just as cruel, if not more cruel, to give a sentient being a â€śhappyâ€ť existence only to make it taste betterâ€¦?
Furthermore, what do cow snouts have to do with sartorial style?”
You pose a perfectly valid question which (sadly) induced laughter out of me by way of your phrasing. Anyway without getting too “moral” or judgemental about it all, I think this is a reminder of why lately I’m finding less and less reason to eat meat. Again I re-iterate: it’s not based on morality or judgement, but I’m losing reason to eat meat just by virtue of there being no real reason to do it…meh whatever I get confused on this
also, this is evidence of true nose-to-tail cooking! NO part of an animal should go to waste if you are taking its life
Thank you for sharing this!
I have been a vegetarian for almost 10 years now and it has been hard.
I reminisce the taste, I cook chicken for my little sister yet I do not taste.
Sometimes I see it as an addiction because I have to make the decision every single day, I can not really see the change in figures but my mind is more clear.
It is real, if I lived in a different part of town I might won’t have the luxury to become vegetarian.
I hope you photograph more shots other than fashion orientated. This realness of this shot reminds me of the shot of a man walking down the street, looking like he trusted absolutely no one. I will reminisce this portrait too when I think of the Sartorialist.
It is an extraordinarily artistic shot that shows a part of life on earth. I think it’s important that we sometimes see detached parts of animals that still look like they came off of an animal. When eating a hunk of meat thats all it is, “meat”, when looking at these snouts it becomes a cow. It was a realization similar to this that caused me to become a vegetarian. We should not be able to so easily detach the life from the food.
I can handle it. Will continue to eat beef a few times a month and wear leather shoes and accessories like handbags, belts, wallets etc. It’s not just about being a vegetarian if you are upset by this. But pretty sure this didn’t happen while the cows were still alive …
Why do you think it was done while the cow was still alive? You usually chop them up after they’re dead and cutting of the nose is no good way of killing them either. It just makes no sense to do it while they are still alive.
I am so glad I am fasting this week. I admit there is something artistic bout this but I was shocked like many . First this was the last thing I expected to see here, and secondly this is not something I want to see anywhere. But it’s worth thinking/contemplating all that the picture really tells us.
I agree, it’s Scott’s blog. And he puts a great deal of consideration into every pic he chooses to post here. Visitors should take a moment to consider why he has chosen to post this particular image. I suspect he wants us to consider the contradictions we live with but are so often cushioned from in our cosy, Western lives.
I’m a longtime vegan (more than 17 years) and I found this a beautiful image. This is a photography site and although it’s true the subject is usually people’s personal style I find it odd that some commenters are suggesting Scott Schumann should “stick to” photographing fashion or that it’s “insensitive” to have made this photo. To me there are a range of appropriate responses to this image (curiosity, anger at what’s happened to the animals, admiration for the beauty of the shot, even grief) but urging the photographer to censor himself is not one of them. I feel lucky I got to see and think about this sight, one I doubt I ever would have laid eyes on without this photo.
At first I couldn’t make out what this is… I thought maybe some glossy leather slippers leaning together. When I realised I still saw the beauty of texture. I admire the Peruvians for doing this. We should honour all of the animal that nature was so kind to provide for us, by enjoying it and eating it.
photos of animal furs draped across elegant shoulders/photos of llama snouts and mouths displayed in a meat market. so interesting how one use of animals is “beautiful” and fashionable, yet another is something people don’t want to see.
Thank you for this. The shock and horror so many people seem to feel at this is understandable coming from our protected western culture. Meat, to most of us, is a tidy package ready to fry up, with no connection to the life it was once attached to. What we all must remember is that nearly every aspect of our lives as humans has some affect on other animals. Vegetarian? Still not innocent… farming of any kind not only is harmful to the environment but causes direct damage to animals such as birds and rodents. Picture a mouse nest ripped in half by a tractor, or a baby bird that’s died because pollution due to farming has made it’s shell too thin. Still feel self-rightious about that kale and tofu in your shopping cart? It’s very easy to point fingers and be horrified, and less easy to take responsibility for the damage we ALL cause.
Really great picture, Sart. It’s different and evokes feelings like a still life.
To the people offended by this…. Get. Real.
“Every person is allowed their own lifestyle and religion but no one is allowed to stand on a soapbox and tell others that theirs is right”
If “every person is allowed their own lifestyle and religion” means that they’re allowed to kill whomever they please, I strongly disagree! I sincerely hope that the human race will very soon realize, that the time has come to stop the killing of our fellow earthlings…
I hope this photo will create a reaction in the people who thoughtlessly eat meat = kill animals!
As I was struggling to understand what I was looking at, thinking it was the backside of something I realized what it was. Ewwww. However, having said that, all parts of animals are or should be used. It would be worse to see them tossed along the side of the road.
You are a photographer, you take images of things you see; you know you have been successful with an image when people continue to talk about it.
There are cow snouts and they prepare a dish called “zarza de sencca” a kind of salad. I don’t liked… but its some off the particular things you can find around the traditional markets. I made a similar shot months ago… traditional markets in Peru are fascinating!
Scott Schuman has created a highly visible, and highly successful professional brand called “The Sartorialist,” enjoyed by thousands.
When an entity breaks brand character, or goes off the grid, so to speak, s/he is effectively breaking a brand promise. S/he has invited usâ€”repeatedly invited usâ€”to experience one thing, and then one day there is another. Trust is lost. Confusion, doubt, and suspicion rush in.
The brand no long *seems* to know what it is (whether or not that’s even true). And the visitors are now left to define it. The myriad comments are evidence.
Mr. Schuman gets to do what he wants. So does the audience. (Which could include finding a reliable place to enjoy people + fashion, without feeling tricked.)
So easy to know right away what I am looking at. Here lies your skill and craft. So important to know the part and its relationship to the whole. Here lies your vision. The two – the part and the whole – are inseparable. Take the one away from the other, and in this picture I see them call to each other. Another photographer may have used their skill to illustrate a different vision. These mouths in their tactility and warmth are so alive still. I am a vegetarian but did not read this picture as a tract for vegetarianism. Like other attempts to look at death, this picture has much to say about the profundity of life.
Thank you Scott for showing that your eye sees, and captures, all kinds of beauty and your storytelling isn’t limited to the drape of a fabric or the length of a hemline. Keep doing you, baby. I can’t wait to see what you share with us next from this corner of the world, and beyond.
Jesus Christ i am speechless the picture talks by itself how low can we go as humans we eat yet we can handle how the food comes to our table ,maybe its a lesson to be learned we should respect more our brothers animals too since we still animals because we still kill to eat our simply for pleasure lets give it some thought
Jesus Christ Iam speechless the picture talks by itself how low can we go as humans we eat yet we can handle how the food comes to our table ,maybe its a lesson to be learned we should respect more our brothers animals too since we still animals because we still kill to eat our simply for pleasure lets give it some thought
Anyone who is offended at this photo, or what this photo represents and is passing judgement on the people is probably too far removed from reality in the rest of the world. Being a vegetarian is a choice, its far from natural. I do it for health and because I have a deep respect for animals and don’t think they should be butchered in million cow farms so I can snack on beef jerky when I’m bored. This photo represent the antithesis of the vulgarity of the scenario I described before. Utilizing the entire body of the animal is a deep sign of respect and a true indication of necessity. I am sure the snouts aren’t being baked into nuggets that can be eaten to pass the time during half-time of a football game!
Remember that vegetarianism (and its forms) are a luxury – don’t frown upon the natural order of things because you’ve made the choice to deviate from it.
I really find these images very thought provoking. I wasn’t sure what they were at first, but after closer examination I realised what they were. Its not as if there is a supermarket just down the road and this is, after all just a natural part of Peruvian life. We have markets in my home town of Romford, England and there is a stall that sells meat, only it is displayed in a different way. What is the difference? We kill animals for food. That is a fact. It is just displayed in a different format. Wrapped up nice and neat in little parcels. It is so easy to make judgements on other peoples cultures from the comfort of our own cosy lives where everything is provided for us. These pictures have made a lot of people stop and think, including me.
Thank you Scott for this and all the other photographs you have been posting whilst in PerĂş.
Next time you come to Spain (hopefully very soon!) you must go inside one of our traditional markets and shoot the incredible things we sell in our meet stalls…and Spain is a first world European country!
some find it easy to through it away. not look at it. what we don’t see we need not deal with. when others find their own way of respecting it. respecting it in a way one’s heart tells them is best – which is the only best way one can deal with life.
i lived in cusco for 9 months, theres nothing more interesting to know what they do with this. if u seen the lama fetus then u know its all offered for the pachamama, (mother earth) , as far as i know this are all gifts for sacrifice and not to be used in food or stock. its their culture to do this sort of stuff
How curious that this image has caused such inflamed debate. Nearly every other image on this blog features leather shoes or bags and no one thinks twice. Where do you all think that material comes from??
Excellent photo. Certainly no part of an animal goes to waste whether it be for food, clothing or utility And as for those who think it cruel, well, perhaps you should take a look the culture first before rendering judgement
I really enjoyed this picture, and the comments to follow were also every interesting.
The comments show a lack of understanding in how livestock are produced and how distant most people are from the production of the food they eat.
Our highly industrialized culture has allowed us to forget the basics of healthy food and living.
Thank you for sharing,
I love the contrast your blog has to offer.
It’s quite terrifying. But I think that a good photographer has to let see (sometimes) the disturbing elements of real life too (that, we know, can be very cruel). It’s true that we need beauty and poetry to live, but we can’t escape by the hardest reality.
I have been long wondering what comment I should make and if I needed to make one. Reading other viewers’ comments, I somewhat see people standing on both sides of one and the same fence. Those who are disgusted but shall do nothing about it and those who call “this” and all the rest, facts of (human) “c’est la vie” that can have quite an aesthetic twist “under the right light”.
This image reminds me of pictures of the Armenian genocide where cow muzzles are replaced by severed human heads proudly put on display by their “authors”…
Judging by the state of the world – and my family’s experience of what men are capable of – I do not need to count people to see where the majority stands.
And I know a sure way to make all men agree to disagree with me, as words matter more to so-called intelligent men than the reality of actions, by saying that man is the most barbaric and sadistically cruel creature that ever was.
Just visit an industrial farming compound, a slaughterhouse or any of the animal welfare organizations’ websites and start looking around you – and inside you – instead of away. And stop dismissing animal cruelty by conveniently summoning up human tragedies.
This can only end in a moral debate. We think it’s cruel, but there are a lot of things going on in the world we don’t know about and maybe we don’t want to know about. This looks cruel, but tonight you’re going home and eat some meat. Being a vegetarian doesn’t change anything by the way, only when you don’t eat meat at all. When you eat meat-replacers…that’s even worse. Meat-replacers were produced in huge numbers and in a way that is bad for the nature.
But I do understand this isn’t nice to look at.
If you eat the snout, the brain or a filet mignon, how is the cut of the animal any different? It’s still a part of the animal that had to die. This is a shocking photo only because in many cultures that part of the animal isn’t eaten. Cows, dogs, goats, it’s all the same. Definitely time to rethink.
I love seeing The Sartorialist evolve into a blog about cultural style & human connection. Travel opens your eyes to the truth and the beautiful lessons it can teach you. Sometimes it’s not what we sheltered westerners consider pleasant but it is REAL LIFE. I think the commentators that think Scott should only shoot privileged upper class people wearing designer clothing should take a trip outside of there comfort zone and live like the locals do. I GUARANTEE that you will become enchanted by the ebb and flow of real people and feel far less interested in just what is going on the streets during fashion week! I think it is exciting to see the shift in consciousness happen in our western culture!
Think about people in Peru who have a complete different way of life, a different culture, a different economy. Think maybe they have to eat the whole cow for reasons that aren’t in your life and don’t bother.