|Planet Meat - © Jelrik Nylund-van Berkel|
"This weeks task is taken from an expression from Trøndelag," ugly nice ", or" schtyggfint. "And that means something is really, really, really nice. With many exclamation points!!
But my head is thinking here a little bit different than it should, strictly speaking, because I do not want you go out and shoot something very beautiful. Quite the contrary. I want you (we) should take a picture of something you think is terribly ugly. But we will get this awful ugly to look beautiful:" Uglypretty"
I must admit that the inspiration was at a historical depth point in this week while there was much work and excuses but the first thing that came up to me when we're talking about "pretty ugly" is this picture that I took in November. So for once I use an old file for reasons you'll understand when you read further. I have a basic philosophy that we humans have begun to live a little far away from nature and the original. Sauce stir out of bags, medicines we buy at the pharmacy, bought meat vacuum packed and frozen and a lot of old knowledge of what nature has to offer us disappears. What about making sauce from scratch, what about making cabbage-bandages against inflammation, what about following the process from animal to steak on the platter? I have some friends that have the same basic idea and runs ecological farms and animal husbandry. And in November I was fortunate to be involved in the slaughter of a ram. I saw how the whole process was done and helped where I could. The steak of this animal was one of the most amazing beefs I've tasted and the love of animals and nature were deeply rooted in this meat. The weekly image is a closeup of the "sidemeat" right after slaughter. A picture of natural meat, fresh and very nicely marbled with a little fat. And it struck me that this was almost abstract art, and it looked like a lunar landscape, a distant planet. Incredibly nice but still a bit chilling-ugly for us consumers who are familiar with vacuum meat in plastic from the supermarked around the corner ... Uglypretty.
The other participants had these solutions:
Yngve Thoresen: Eastern Pasque Flower
Anne Ueland: Mr Ugly Pretty
Sonja Middelhuis: Styggfint
Naturglede/Randi Lind Styggfin padde
Ståle Ertzgaard: Himmelvendt
Vibeke Prestmo Valestrand: Sweet