Finch

finch

 

Pollinating

bluebell bee 2 bluebell bee 3I tried to get some shots of a bumble bee collecting nectar from these bluebells, some of them were more clear than others. The bee is visible in the centre of these images, if you look closely. I have taken these photographs with a film SLR, which can be difficult sometimes as I didn’t know if the bee would be clear. I’m still happy with the outcome, just glad I took a lot!

Wild Flowers

waterloo park 2The second photograph is to encourage people to work with their local councils to keep green spaces for bees. Bees thrive on flowering weeds and flowers, and so far they have been in decline since the end of World War II as a result of intense farming and pesticides. This is a wild flower space in my local park, Waterloo Park in Cardiff, Roath.
The first photograph was candid as I found inspiration in the colours that fell to the ground from the cherry blossom tree.

Fragility

deceased degradeThese photographs illustrate the fragility of nature.
(No bees were harmed during my project, the bee was a found specimen and had died before it was found.)

Degrade

flowers 2 flowers 3These are part of a series of photographs I have done for this project. The degrading element is here too, and I’m really happy with the way the colours developed.

Almond Trees

almond trees deathThis is an image of dead almond trees that I found in a newspaper. The almond trees are dead because of a draught that’s been happening recently. Almond trees are a prime example of mass monoculture, and there are so many of them that bee hives are trucked in for the season just to pollinate them, or people are paid to pollinate them by hand with a tiny paintbrush.

Dead Tulips

dead tulipsThese are a couple of watercolours of dead tulips. Once again, here I wanted to paint them as dead to illustrate the decay of bee’s extinction.

Final Prints

sun print 8 sun print 7These are my final prints in the collection. The first is of a dying bluebell, and the second is dead tulip petals. I wanted them to be decaying as I wanted to re-iterate the damage that bee’s extinction could have on the world.

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