Monthly Archives: December 2014


Chickens

Chickens. There are more of them than any other species of birds.  Many, many billions of chickens are reared every year. We eat them, we eat their eggs. We keep them in our backyards, but mostly get them packaged in clear plastic bags from a local supermarket.

We have a vague idea of how they are bred and housed before we get them. A story shows up in the news here and there, but most of us still get them based on price from the cheapest supermarket.

I am looking at one billion written out. It’s a lot of zeros, more than I can really comprehend. 1,000,000,000. Every one of them is an egg and then a bird at some point. Something like 50 billion chickens are produced every year.

Hen sitting in a farm cart

Free-range happy chickens roaming around a local small-scale organic farm

Free-range happy chickens roaming around a local small-scale organic farm

There are pockets in the US that are doing a better job breeding and raising chickens. More progressive places like the San Francisco Bay area; coastal northern California; Portland and Eugene, Oregon; Seattle, Washington and certain areas around it. I wanted to get a glimpse at the small-scale, organic poultry farming that serves local markets. On my most recent trip along the US west coast, I got a chance to photograph two farms – one outside of Portland, Oregon and another in Fort Bragg, California.

Man slaughtering and cleaning a free-range chicken on a small-scale, backyard organic, local farm

Man slaughtering and cleaning a free-range chicken on a small-scale, backyard organic, local farm

Man slaughtering and cleaning a free-range chicken on a small-scale, backyard organic, local farm

You can see more photos from the Chicken series as well as license them exclusively from Stocksy at http://www.stocksy.com/mikblik/shoot/17612 (butchering) and http://www.stocksy.com/mikblik/shoot/13935 (free-roaming chickens).


Chelsea and Friederike 1

Two young women watching sunset

I recently visited one of my friends on San Juan Islands in northern Washington. Besides being a close friend, Chelsea has also been one of my regular models. She enjoys being photographed, comes up with shoot ideas, has an interesting, hip wardrobe and lives in a beautiful Pacific Northwest location.

On this trip, Chelsea also had a friend visiting her from Germany. I was excited that Chelsea’s friend, a professional hair model, Friederike, enjoyed being photographed as well. During our time there, we put together a couple of photo shoots.

Young woman with an exquite sun umbrella

 

Part of a young woman's head and eye covered by an umbrella

Black and white photo of a young woman with an exquite sun umbrella

Black and white photo of two young women talking and laughing

Two young women drinking champaign and talking outdoors

Back of a young woman's head and shoulders as she is watching sunset

Some of these images are available for license on Stocksy at http://www.stocksy.com/mikblik

Other photo shoots with Chelsea are at http://www.mihaelblikshteyn.com/blog/category/people/models/chelsea/