Photos: all images courtesy of Kelly Hill - www.kellyhill.co.uk
British environmental photographer Kelly Hill uses the term Sensitive Dependence to describe the theme that inspires her beautiful work; namely the delicate, but fundamental relationship between our children and our planet. She explains, "Sensitive Dependence is a series of images that explore our relationship with the natural world as though through the eyes of a child. It is a body of work that looks at the fragility of the world around us, a child's affinity with nature and concerns I have with environmental damage and the legacy we are leaving our children." Click over the page to see more of Kelly Hill's stunning photography and find out why she's all of a buzz about bees.
The Butterfly Effect
The fragile balance of our ecosystems and the future of our children is important to Kelly Hill as a mother and as an environmental photographer. Through her work she conveys the natural beauty of the world we're fighting to preserve. Hill continues in her explanation of her theme, "Sensitive Dependence refers to chaos theory and the idea that a butterfly's wings might create tiny changes in the atmosphere that may ultimately alter the path of a tornado. The flapping wing represents a small change in the initial condition of the system, which causes a chain reaction culminating in large-scale alterations of events."
The Importance of Honeybees
The concept of cause and effect will be investigated in her next project which focuses on the well-publicised theory that decreasing honeybee populations, known as 'colony collapse disorder', signal a serious decline in the well-being of our planet. Hill quotes Einstein's bleak view of the situation, "If the bee disappears from the surface of the earth, man would have no more than four years to live. No more bees, no more pollination no more men!"
Birth, Life, Death and Time
Kelly Hill describes the bee project as the documenting of "birth, life, death and time with bee keeping as a central motif." She says, "I aim to create a body of work that looks at bee keeping and our co-existence with these small, social, industrious creatures. The work would be a celebration of life, a fascination with the natural world and reflect the immense respect I have for these creatures on which we blindly depend."
Working with the idea of a book and exhibition as a final outcome Hill will also initiate workshops with families to "initiate a renewed sense of wonder of the natural world and the infinite possibilities it offers". We look forward to seeing the creative results this project brings and the beautiful and thought-provoking work it will no doubt produce.
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