Self Portrait with Drones, Abruzzo

Added on by Renée Ricciardi.

I am currently traveling through regions all over Italy photographing bees and beekeepers. The town of Tornareccio, Abruzzo is famously known for their honey, and most residents are beekeepers or have relatives in the trade.

In the fall, female workers bees remove all of the male bees called "drones" from the hive and they starve before the winter comes. Because of this biological phenomenon, I likewise collected drones and made this photo before their inevitable death.

Self Portrait with Drones, Tornareccio 2013