For humans, a car ride is a means to an end, a way of getting from Point A to Point B. For dogs, however, the trip itself is the destination, a curious adventure wherein wonder and intrigue linger at every turn. For our canine friends, whether they be wide-eyed goofballs or a bashful pups, each road brings with it a new set of smells to inhale, each pit stop a chance for some extra snuggles and wags. In the end, the best part of a dog’s journey isn’t the sights and sounds or even the ecstatic feeling of ears flopping in the wind, but the chance to be on board, to be included, and to serve as our furry co-pilots.
For Berkeley-based photographer Anand Varma, saving the planet’s bees means learning their stories from birth. He keeps a community of bees in the backyard of his own home, where he meticulously records them at astonishingly close range from their infancy as eggs through their development into larvae, pupils, and at last, adult insects. For this one-minute film, he encapsulates the initial three weeks of a bee’s lifetime to capture not only beauty but also the vulnerability of these creatures whose numbers are shrinking at an alarming rate.