A wall of dead ducks


Singapore, Singapore

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FEATURED in The Art of Intrigue. January 2009

This is waxed duck, a Chinese delicacy that is normally sold only at this time of the year, before the Chinese New Year.

The duck is preserved naturally, soaked in salt water, spices etc and then air-dried during the autumn and winter. There are no chemical preservatives and, despite the name, apparently no wax either, just that it has a waxy appearance.

But I really don’t know a great deal about waxed duck. The Internet did not throw up much information, just plenty of comments about how delicious it is – simply steamed or thrown into the rice cooker while cooking rice. Someone even commented that it is “more delicious than KFC (Kentucky Fried Chicken).”

The first time I went to Chinatown to shoot these ducks was in 2006. I was experimenting with black and white film at that time and shot more than a roll of ducks, experimenting with both my 75-300 telephoto zoom and my 24mm wide angle – until one of the vendors scolded me because, while using the wide angle, I did not realise I had gone so close that my lens was almost touching the ducks.

One the one-plus roll of film, however, practically only one image was usable. The rest suffered from camera shake and other problems.

This morning, I was in Chinatown again, shooting with two photography buddies. This time, I took just ONE shot – and was happy with it.

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