The idea behind Preservation, was somewhat of an after thought. It occurred to Blake Little while shooting a male eating honey. That original concept was meant to bring the bear like qualities of the man to attention through the incorporation of honey. As he was shooting the man eating honey, Little noted the stereotypical idea was one of the more cliche photos he had created. As he sorted through the images from that shoot, he singled out the man’s hand, which was completely covered in honey–the amber colored liquid slowly rolled down his hand before dripping off his fingertips in a very captivating way.
Imagine being surrounded by tens of thousands of bees trying to collect honey. What is one man’s nightmare is a way of life for the Gurung tribe of Central Nepal.
Twice a year the tribe travels to the largest beehive in the world to harvest honey. While they have been doing this for centuries, climate changes, tourism and commercial interest put their way of life in danger.
Travel photographer Andrew Newey (Facebook) went a two weeks expedition to document their lives, including a 3 days honey hunt travel. Andrew was king enough to allow us to post some of the photographs he made during the expedition.