Photographer and SFAI student Megan Livie visited my apiary at Woolly Egg Ranch during the Paradise Fire in November to take photos for a class project.
Megan had decided to focus her photo essay on bees for the class. In Megan’s words,
“I approached The Bee Project with curiosity and fear. The purpose of this project was to get over my fear of bees. When I was 13, I nearly died of an allergic reaction to a bee sting. I had been stung by bees prior to this, but I never reacted - this made the experience traumatic. Since then, I have gone through five years of desensitization shots (weekly or bi-weekly). There is a 90% chance that I am not allergic anymore, but I have not been stung since.”
When we arrived at the Ranch, the winds had been blowing smoke over the Bay area for a day or two, but we hadn’t yet seen the worst of it. The photo I have here of Megan is the last time I’d see her whole face, and we quickly donned our masks and set up the hill to the bees.
The following photos are from Megan’s project. You can find her own writing about the experience at her website, http://www.meganlivie.com/thebeeproject/
The best part about this project is seeing Megan’s work and reading her blog post. “By photographing bees, I have connected bees with beauty and peace. I can safely say that I am no longer afraid of bees. “