As mentioned in the World Wildlife Fund: Food Issue post, Adam has been a beekeeper for about 2 years. Bringing a full frame into the studio has been a want of his from the beginning. This job gave him a reason to spend time making the observation/transport box.
One Sunday afternoon this past spring he pulled a frame from the hive and inserted it into the wood and plexiglass case he built. There were maybe a hundred or so bees that had stayed on the frame. After a few hours, we noticed there were more bees than we had started with in the box. He had pulled a frame packed full of brood. As time wore on more and more bees hatched. By the time we put the frame back in the hive, there were over a thousand bees in the case.
Driving around with a thousand irritable bees in your passenger seat can make the mellowest of people a little nervous.
You can see the larva growing in the individual cells
Here’s the box Adam made. There is plexiglass on both sides so he can back light the frame.
Carla Delgado at Pentagram’s Austin office called us this summer and asked if we would be interested in photographing some abstracts of honey for World Wildlife Fund magazine food issue. Little did she know Adam has been a beekeeper for about two years and he jumped at the chance to bring some of the bees in the studio. We will publish more images from the honey/bee study in a later post, but for now, here’s the cover (first image is the front cover, second shows how the image wraps to the back), the inside reveal image, and a couple more from that days shoot. The rotting fruit dutch still life was also a blast to work on.
Very excited about the cover we did for the September issue of The Atlantic magazine about higher education. After lots of sketching and brainstorming, the idea of a wrecking ball breaking through a college library wall was settled upon, and the building began.
Adam’s original sketch and some behind the scenes images are included below. Huge thanks to Darhil Crooks for trusting us to create destruction.
This was Adam’s original sketch we used as a styling guide.
This January Adam got to check one off his bucket list when National Geographic hired him to photograph a microscopic wind turbine developed at UT Arlington. The turbine was only 2.3 mm tall, meaning he also set a record for longest extension on the camera so far.
It was truly a wonderful experience. Read a behind the scenes story about the turbine and what it took to make the picture on the National Geographic’s blog.
The turbine was so small it had to be glued to a slide just to handle it.