To make a prairie
To make a prairie it takes a clover and one bee,
One clover, and a bee,
The revery alone will do,
If bees are few.
''Will revery alone really do if bees are few? As much as I love to daydream, I’m afraid the
answer is a resounding, gut-wrenching ‘NO’. Bees are crucial to the continuation of human life. But our impact on the environment through the misuse of insecticides, added to the proliferation of pests and diseases and loss of habitat, is threatening the survival of this mighty insect. When bees have access to good nutrition, so do we – you can thank them for one in three bites of food you eat – and yet every batch of pollen has at least six pesticides in it. From poetry to politics, religion to architecture, the honey bee has managed to waggle-dance itself into every nook and cranny of the human world. Our relationship with the bee is one that spans thousands of years, and I have attempted to synthesize it in one single project. This project was conceived as a book, divided into 6 chapters, featuring my own photographs
and found archival imagery. Mingling the past with the present is my way of showing our
constant and ever-growing relationship with the honey bee. I wanted to play around with the visual representation of the bee, and my image pairings are often comical and bounce off one another. Using various types of pictures constantly excites the reader’s eye, stopping it from getting accustomed to one type of image.
This project is more relevant now than ever. Every day, news articles emerge with ever-
growing alarming headlines about bees and insects. We humans hold their fate in our millions of hands. By some unimaginable, intangible natural power, we have been given the gift of life, and it is our duty to make sure all living entities that share our cosmos continue on the path they were meant to take.''
Born in Paris in 1990 to a French-Greek father and an English-Scottish mother, Fiona Filipidis
is a documentary photographer working in Paris and London. Her practice is born out of
collection, research, and empathic response. She looks for the image that happens before the actual taking of the picture – the escape to feeling. Most comfortable when surrounded by either trees or water, she is interested in nature, as well as the private worlds of the everyday. Fiona holds a BA in Photography from Icart Photo in Paris, and has just graduated from London College of Communication with an MA in Photojournalism and Documentary Photography. Her work has been exhibited in the South of France, Paris, and New York City
amongst other places. Her latest project, To make a prairie, is an image/text book portraying our relationship with the honey bee throughout the years.