Beekeepers of North Carolina
'Beekeepers of North Carolina' is an ongoing project.
I began photographing beekeepers and honey bees during a year-long exchange program at the Australian National University from 2014-2015. During this time, I spent three and a half months shadowing local beekeepers in Canberra, AU, while also working with the ANU Apiculture Society on the Australian National University campus. My goal was to document the processes and practices of beekeeping while highlighting the problems beekeepers were facing in Australia during that time. Upon my return to the United States, I had one more year remaining at East Carolina University and after graduating in May of 2016, I decided to start a new project that could represent the people of my home state.
Photographing beekeepers across North Carolina has taken me over 5,000 miles thus far, from the coast to the piedmont, up into the mountains and back again, on multiple occasions. Each beekeeper I have met has demonstrated various approaches to the ever-changing atmosphere of beekeeping and the creative solutions being applied to combat the many problems faced by beekeepers today—emphasize the determination of these individuals.