There is an unspoken equilibrium between the bee and the keeper, a mutual trust and a mutual tension. The natural world is bendable and malleable and as an artist I seek to find when and how the natural world can or cannot be tamed or manipulated.
I explore balance by photographing the relationship between honeybees and beekeepers. As a beekeeper myself, the consequences of pesticides on bee populations is particularly devastating.
Italy marked a historic moment with a ban on a pesticide that is linked as a factor in causing massive honeybee deaths. Since honeybees pollinate our food supply, a world without them would not produce enough food to sustain life.
This series was made over a span of six months, while traveling alone throughout fourteen regions of Italy and living with the beekeepers: whose work is both humble and colossal.