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Bee
     

Bee

by Rose-Lynn Fisher, Verlyn Klinkenborg (Foreword by)
 

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Of the ten million or so different species of insects on our planet, none is more fascinating than the honeybee. One of the oldest forms of animal life still in existence from the Neolithic Age, bees have been worshipped and mythologized since the beginning of human history. Known popularly for their industriousness ("as busy as a bee") and highly valued for their

Overview

Of the ten million or so different species of insects on our planet, none is more fascinating than the honeybee. One of the oldest forms of animal life still in existence from the Neolithic Age, bees have been worshipped and mythologized since the beginning of human history. Known popularly for their industriousness ("as busy as a bee") and highly valued for their role in agricultural pollination (every third bite we take depends on them), bees are now kept by a quarter-million beekeepers in the United States alone, and millions more around the world.

Honeybees were the first creatures examined by seventeenth-century scientists whose primitive microscopes suggested a complex system of construction. Now, magnified hundreds to thousands of times with a latest generation high-resolution scanning electron microscope, honeybees appear as architectural masterpieces—an elegant fusion of form and function.

Melding art and science, photographer Rose-Lynn Fisher puts this modern tool to creative use in order to reveal the microscopic majesty of these natural wonders. BEE presents sixty astonishing photographs of honeybee anatomy in magnifications ranging from 10x to 5000x. Rendered in stunning detail, Fisher's photographs uncover the strange beauty of the honeybee's pattern, form, and structure. Comprising 6,900 hexagonal lenses, their eyes resemble the structure of a honeycomb. The honeybee's proboscis—a strawlike appendage used to suck nectar out of flowers, folds resembles a long, slender hairy tongue. Its six-legged exoskeleton is fuzzy with hairs that build up a static charge as the bee flies in order to electrically attract pollen. Wings clasp together with tiny hooks and a double-edged stinger resembles a serrated hypodermic needle. The honeybee's three pairs of segmented legs are a revelation, with their antennae cleaners, sharp-pointed claws, and baskets to carry pollen to the hive. These visual discoveries, made otherworldly through Fisher's lens, expand the boundaries of our thinking about the natural world and stimulate our imaginations. BEE features a foreword by nature writer and New York Times editorial board member Verlyn Klinkenborg.

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"As Verlyn Klinkenborg writes in his introduction to Fisher's book, Bee, 'there's nothing general about a honeybee'-and her photographs bear that out." — LightBox, Time magazine

The images in Bee are the kind of machine-made line work Durer himself would've envied, infusing tiny creatures and surfaces with the depth, insight and majesty they deserve. — Discover.com

From photographer Rose-Lynn Fisher comes BEE - an incredibly artful, thoughtful exploration of the beautiful complexity of bees and the larger natural patterns it bespeaks. Fisher blends the immaculate scientific precision of electron microscope imaging with the aesthetic sensibility of art photography to produce 128 pages of breathtaking revelation that expands the boundaries of how we think about these remarkable creatures and nature at large. BEE is without a doubt one of the most visually stunning, conceptually ambitious photography books of the year. - Brainpickings.org"

Princeton Architectural Press has done it again, producing a book that is as beautiful and tactile as it is thought-provoking and educational." — Make magazine"

BEE is another kind of book altogether- a work of art celebrating science, or science celebrated in art." — American Bee Journal

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781568989440
Publisher:
Princeton Architectural Press
Publication date:
04/28/2010
Pages:
128
Product dimensions:
7.90(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.60(d)

Meet the Author

Rose-Lynn Fisher is an artist working in photography and mixed-media. She has a bachelor of fine arts from Otis College of Art and Design.

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