About this project
There is an unspoken equilibrium between the bee and the beekeeper, a mutual trust and a mutual tension. I have learned how to connect myself with nature by becoming a backyard beekeeper when I was 20 years old. When I learned how to breed queen bees, I became fascinated by the control we have over nature: how humans are able to alter life but are, in essence, still powerless.
There has been a steady and devastating decline of bee populations, both in the United States, and globally. It's no secret that bees are dying at alarming rates.
“Without [bees], we wouldn’t have almonds, cherries, tomatoes, nor 68 other crops that provide 90 percent of the planet’s food” (Businessweek)
Last summer I booked a one way flight to Italy to make pictures of the progressive changes happening there. I spent three months living with and working with beekeepers. The photographs serve to show that a life of progressive farming is within our reach, but my work is not yet complete.
Because Italy was the first nation in the EU to ban the use of neonictanoid pesticides in corn, they are leaders in agriculture. With your help, I will be able to return there: to finish making images for Bees in Italy.
I am drawn to the introverted beekeepers whose connection with the bees surpasses the sublime.
Bees in Italy is intended to show the 'golden age' of beekeeping. Instead of focusing on the decline and death of one of the planets most important insects, I am using photography to tell the story of a seeming utopian life specific to Italy. But half of this story remains unfinished...
I need your help to finish this project! My pictures from phase one Bees in Italy are from the late summer/fall. I need to return to make images during the springtime. Help me complete this goal.
By backing this project you will be supporting the arts as well as fueling a drive for organic life around the world. This art aims to educate it's viewers and tell a story of what a healthy natural world can look like.
We need to work together to help end the global bee crisis.
Budget includes air and ground transportation, food, lodging, medium format film and development, wider lens, and lab fees (paper, photo ink, scanning.)
Risks and challenges
I have already finished phase one of Bees in Italy in the fall of last year, therefore I have an idea of what I am getting myself into. I know what I need to achieve artistically to make this project compelling.
I could run into complications securing farms/beekeepers to host me, camera malfunctions, and travel logistical issues.
By far the biggest challenge will be dealing with lots and lots of bee stings.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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All rewards $80 and above include a honey baking/cooking guide. The cookbook PDF will include my food photographs as well as stories and insight about where and who the recipe comes from!
I created a detailed budget spreadsheet long before launching this campaign.
To complete this project it will cost approximately $8,000. I made the Bees in Italy goal intentionally lower, so that I could secure reaching *part of* the funds.
Now that I have reached the goal, it is still really important to spread the word, get people involved, and build a community.
Extra money will be used towards shooting more film, and for making/shipping the rewards.
Also, if we hit $8,000 it will help fund a light projector that I can use to display the photographs on public walls and spaces. (Traveling art shows anyone??)
In other words: every dollar still counts and will be stretched as far as possible.
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