There's something to be said for people who do things the old fashion way... with their hands. In today's world everything is literally at your fingertips. No more are the days where you actually have to go to the grocery store, and the words, "there's an APP for that" are pretty common. My mother and father in-law on the other hand, they're a different story. My in-laws, Chuck and Noteka live on five acres of land off a recently paved road, that is reminicent of a game of Frogger in the morning, when the bunnies decide the perfect time to cross is when your car is coming down it. When you arrive on this five acre plot of land you are greeted by the sound of dogs barking, the scent of the outdoors, the sight of a couple american flags, a house and a barn. Its not just a home, It's home.
My in-laws have been chicken farmers for as long as I've known them. When I was in film school I actually did one of my first mini docs on my father in-law. I've always thought it was so cool, and let me tell ya, there's something to be said about people who let their land work for them. Recently though, they have picked up a skill that dates back 10,000 years. Apiculture, known more commonly as beekeeping, is not easy. beekeeping takes a lot patience and hard work. The question that begs the answer though is, why? Why all the hard work, dedication and patience for something you could so easily have delivered to your front door? The Simple answer? Satisfaction. Firing up the smoker, popping the top on the hive, spinning the honey off the comb, using your hands. In a time where the world is at your fingertips, isnt it nice to know that with hard work, dedication and patience, your hands can still yield results?
All of these photos were captured on a Fujifilm X Pro 2 and a 35mm f2, using Acros+ R film simulation and edited in Lightroom.