Saturday Evening Post #177: Cow in the Kitchen

Roll up, roll up for tonight’s photo challenge question:
How do you get a Cow into a Kitchen to photograph it?

The Cow in the Kitchen photograph link. I don’t have access to the photo, as you’d expect. So you’ll need to click on the link to get an idea of what the challenges are, and the result.

Given the size of the average kitchen and the size of your average milk cow the challenge seems a bit difficult to complete.
Enter Joe McNally, legendary Joe, if you will. He reveals the answer on a page on his blog, but you’ll have to scroll down a bit to find the photo and the story.
Here is the Capture One Interview blog address

Briefly as part of his new book, The Real Deal: Field Notes from the Life of a Working Photographer Joe explains that while working in Romania he noticed that at the end of the day, the cows feeding out in the pasture, all turned for home and each went to their respective owners land. Creatively, Joe thought, wouldn’t it make a great image to have the cow in the kitchen and so he gained permission from a home owner to have their cow with its head in the kitchen.
Average kitchen, v Average cow. And how do you get said beast into the kitchen. Not being a farmer, Joe didn’t quite know, but being farmers, the locals provided the answer.
Job done!

One of the things I really like about the image is the very even lighting on the highly polished tiled floor. Makes it sing and dance. And of course the matching choice of tablecloth. It’s the little things sometimes.

As you scroll down you’ll also see the portrait Joe made of the young Vietnamese napalm girl, Kim Phuc, who went on to have a child of her own. A harsh reality within a tender moment.


Oh, and by the way the header image for the blog is mine. But as it’s the only bovine pic I could find in my collection, the cattle aware people will know this not your milking variety 🙂

2 thoughts on “Saturday Evening Post #177: Cow in the Kitchen

  1. A brilliant image, I don’t know that I would want a cow in my kitchen though!
    And the blog an interesting read. Thanks for bringing it to our attention!


  2. What a wonderfully quirky image and a lovely story about how the farmers helped him get it. I thought the image of Kim Phuc and her baby was very moving indeed. Thanks for the links David.


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