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.
Erin Mayes from EmDash had a super fun assignment for us. Shoot dorm food. Make it look epic and yummy. This was for a story about chefs reinventing their favorite dorm foods they made while attending Denison University.
I wish I would have been so creative with making grilled cheese 10 years ago.
Below are some images from the March issue of Details. Obviously it’s fun to play with a human skeleton and cocktails during a shoot. But for this project most of my energy went into the Elimination Nation story.
We were asked to create images that violently object to certain foods. I had recently acquired some Einstein strobes from Paul C Buff that fire a flash duration as fast as 1/13,500 of a second. Putting Profoto to shame (sorry, a little photo dork talk here). It was a great excuse to give them a try. We used firecrackers to blow up bundles of wheat. In some of our frames you can see the actual fire crackers exploding, and the fragments are nearly razor sharp. I like these little lights a lot! Thanks to the Strobist for a great recommendation.
Here are the rest of the outtakes for the February issue of Details magazine. This story was about a pescitarian diet, so we got a lot of fish. What you don’t see from these pictures are the two little bulldogs that were dancing around just off set hoping something would slip and fall to the floor.