Honey From the Earth with Eric Tourneret

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Eric Tourneret will give us the inside story behind his stunning collection of bee photography from around the world.

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The internationally acclaimed honey bee photographer Eric Tourneret spent 15 years traveling the world to capture the breathtaking diversity of bees and beekeeping traditions on six continents.

Eric Tourneret presently lives in the Ardèche region of France with 25 hives in his garden. His childhood near Annecy, France, between lakes and mountains, attuned him to the beauty of natural settings. At the age of 17, he discovered Africa, the desert and encounters with various other cultures. He was introduced to photography in studios where he worked with fashion and advertising photographers, with specialists in lighting and visual creation. He then travelled the world during 15 years bringing back ethnic and social feature stories for the press.

When French beekeepers’ efforts to have systemic insecticides prohibited alerted him to the disappearance of the bees, Eric began an in-depth work in 2004 on apiculture by immersing himself in the life of the hive. His innovative photographs were put together in a first published work «Le peuple des abeilles» (The Bee Nation) and have appeared in many publications in the international press.

In 2007, he expanded his investigations on a worldwide scale with a series of features on the relation of humans to bees, from the most archaic harvesting methods to industrial and commercial beekeeping. His work was published in 2009 under the title «Cueilleurs de miel» (The Honey Gatherers).

Since then, Eric Tourneret has continued his travels, exploring the great beekeeping traditions in Slovenia, Germany and Turkey. He has encountered the nomads of Ethiopia and the Pygmies of the Republic of the Congo, the giant bees of India and Indonesia, the stingless bees of Brazil, Costa Rica and also the killer bees of Panama. He has discovered urban apiculture in New York, London, Berlin, Hong Kong… and the dangerous Asian hornet that has arrived in France, the perpetual honey flows in Australia and hand pollination in China.

This quest culminated in the publication of Honey From The Earth.

Exhibited at photography Festivals, in Natural History Museums, Botanical Gardens, his images testify to a world in transition and reveal the causes of the disappearance of the bees. These 10 years of discovering bees and people have resulted in an exhibition on the Fences of the French Senate, in Paris and at the United Nations in Geneva.


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NOTES: Under 18s - SBKA is for everyone, but anyone under the age of 18 should be accompanied on camera by an adult

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Somerset Beekeepers’ Association (SBKA) was set up in 1906 to advance the craft of apiculture and to promote general awareness and understanding of honeybees and holds true to its founding principles today.

SBKA is a registered charity, has around 950 members and is made up of 12 affiliated Divisions. The volunteer-run organisation is governed by a Council consisting of elected officers and delegates representing all Divisions. SBKA is affiliated to the British Beekeepers’ Association.

We provide training, promote best practice and offer advice, support and education to beekeepers and the public.

Over the years our members have made – and continue to make - an impressive contribution to British beekeeping at both national and county level.

We are the voice of Somerset’s beekeepers and honeybees!

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