I like my steaks and burgers medium rare. Oozing is fine by me - E. coli be damned!
Raw bloody meat has been a depicted in gruesome religious iconography and fine art. For me it all goes back to Jesus portrayed with a bloody crown of thorns and the decapitation of John the Baptist, that I saw depicted on church walls and illustrated manuscripts while an alter boy. Below is Caravaggio's depiction.
Rembrandt van Rijn is primarily known as a Dutch painter of moody portraits during the 17th Century, and I am especially influenced by his "Carcass of Beef" (flayed ox) study - just check out the audacious composition with gory details.
Figure with Meat." (It's a riff on his screaming Pope series) Here you go, religion, art and bloody meat all combined.
I've been shooting veggies, fruit and meat against dark backgrounds lately (mainly on a blackened cookie sheet) - usually lit from a single direction, with deep shadows, very much under the influence of Caravaggio and Rembrandt.
It can get messy cooking with meat. You have to have an iron stomach. Try breaking down a pork shoulder sometime, like I do below for my Carnitas recipe. It's probably the most artistically nauseating footage I've ever shot - but, boy does it taste so good when all's said and done.
Ground chicken or turkey is mushy and wet, more so than ground beef or pork. But I use it a lot as it's cheaper than beef. Just check out my Patty Melt video to see what I mean -- yuk!
Next to ground chicken, pork is cheapest. It's delicious for breakfast or added to a stir fry like my Green Beans and Ground Pork recipe below. It may sound perverse but it's actually fun to animate with ground meat, it's like playing with Play-Doh, just greasier. Check out my video below to see the messiness.
Are you still with me? Man, are you are hardcore! I'm getting extra creeped-out just assembling this blog post.
Sushi is typically made with raw fish. It's so artfully presented that you might miss the gore. Ever gutted a fish? Whoa, that is one freaky task! Slice the belly open, yank out the guts then chop off the head -- oh, I'm feeling faint just remembering the viscera and the smell - barf!
However I like nothing better than cleaned and filleted fish. Well here's one from my Sushi Video Series, the simply shot and presented Tuna Nigiri Sushi.
Well, I'll leave you with the squishy butchering of a couple of chicken pieces. It's the cheapest meat you can get and I have all kind of recipes that use it.
So get out there and have an entertaining Halloween holiday. It's not all blood and guts!