Eastern Europe:Rural Hungary-A Master Butcher(GRAPHIC IMAGES)

It’s not often that you get the chance to take such close photos as these, and especially not on a private farm in the middle of Hungary, and especially not if you’re a Scottish man.

I felt very privileged that the owner of the farm let me into to create this short photo essay, and to allow me access to all areas.

I am an animal lover so there was a great many things that I simply could not look at now and again: The killing of the animal, the gutting of the animal, and the build up to the animals’ death.  I could not take photos of these and I found it very difficult to look at.  The skills involved in butchering such a large carcass were quite amazing to watch though.

You can hopefully see in some of these photos that the butcher was very delicate and precise in his cuts and carvings, and almost like a sculptor at certain points. All the while a small farm dog watched the proceedings and every time another piece of meat was cut away and dropped to the ground, this was punctuated by him licking his whiskers and looking excited.

THE MEAT6 181

head from above 199

Spectator

skin and head 191

the hang 188

 

han ging there 205

 

sharpening 197

 

hanging 3 195

 

hanging w 193

 

start cut 192

 

hanging 2 194

 

hanging 4 196

 

larger than him 200

 

upright 204

 

close cut3 186

 

close cut2 185 almost there 203

 

deep cut2 190

 

deep cut 189

 

close cut4 187

 

down cut 201

 

the cut help 183

 

steak for all 202

 

down cut 198

 

close cut 184

 

THE MEAT 176

 

THE MEAT2 177

 

THE FINal 182

 

the butcher himself 207

 

wash off 206

 

THE MEAT4 179

 

THE MEAT3 178

 

THE MEAT5 180

 

goat kid 211

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