For Still Here, British photographer Lydia Goldblatt traces her father through old age, negotiating the terms of his inevitable death through a sun-drenched family album that includes the unlikely body of a deceased bee. Here, the delicate creature, known for his storied loyalty to the beehive colony, becomes a surrogate for the family unit as it confronts the passing from one generation into the next.
Immortalized for a time by Goldblatt’s lens, the bee appears poised towards flight, as if perpetually on the precipice of springing back to life.
Still Here is on view at the Tokyo International Photography Competition Exhibition 2014 at United Photo Industries until October 24, 2014.
Image © Lydia Goldblatt