Slaughtermen

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Artist's statement

The Slaughtermen as an ongoing project was born from a regular feature I shoot for OnOffice Magazine, which showcases unusual workplaces.

My apprehension in shooting what is perceived as a grizzly and macabre profession was outweighed by curiosity and respect for an industry that is usually kept behind closed doors.

While I was there in the slaughterhouse, with blood splattered walls, assorted bits of animal, skinned cow heads hanging on hooks and the floor an inch deep of blood, I’ve got to say the goriness didn’t really effect me as I thought. It felt more like I wasn’t even there. I was looking at these things through the lens, so I felt detached from it and somehow desensitised. Even to the point that I bought a big joint of pork before I left for a lovely Sunday roast!

Meeting the men who work in the slaughterhouse and hearing their stories only increased my interest in wanting to pursue this project further in the future. 

I knew when I was sending off these images, the reaction would be somewhat diverse. For a design magazine to feature this was potentially a catastrophic thing for me to do, but there is no harm in pushing a few boundaries.