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"Jonathan has photographed International Alert's work in three different continents. He always becomes part of the team, needs a minimum amount of support and delivers stunning images which convey a real sense of humanity."
Phil Vernon
Director of Programmes
International Alert
"Whether on a farm in East Africa, a Trawler in the Atlantic or a Royal Palace in London, Jonathan consistently delivers photography that makes us look good to our clients. "
Paul Campbell
Director of Purple Patch Group
"Quality photography is absolutely essential to our brand. It’s who we are, what we do and the impact we have on the world. And that means working with a photographer like Jonathan, who understands what we are trying to achieve with our work."
THOM MCKAY,
Director of Communications
RTKL.COM
"Jonathan has been a pleasure to work with, professional, well organised, creative and always delivering to the brief. Considering the breadth of topics we have asked him to work on around the world, he has also shown himself to be resourceful and flexible. "
Judith Batchelar,
Director of Sainsbury's Brand
"Jonathan has travelled to Intergen's power plants in Mexico, Australia and Europe and produces consistently high quality photography. Intergen's values are all about a high-quality work force for which we consider him part of. "
Mark Somerset,
Vice President
InterGen Europe
"Waiting on a quote from the British Red Cross "
Wendy Solesbury MBE
Youth Development Manager, British Red Cross
"We work with photographers that try to capture the essence of our work and reflect our company values in terms of design. Jonathan produces excellent results every time with creative flair. He is highly professional to work with as well as personable. "
Sean Collins & James Felstead
Directors of CGL Architects.
"Whether on a farm in East Africa, a Trawler in the Atlantic or a Royal Palace in London, Jonathan consistently delivers photography that makes us look good to our clients. "
Paul Campbell
Director of Purple Patch Group
"Jonathan has been a pleasure to work with, professional, well organised, creative and always delivering to the brief. Considering the breadth of topics we have asked him to work on around the world, he has also shown himself to be resourceful and flexible. "
Judith Batchelar,
Director of Sainsbury's Brand
"Waiting on a quote from the British Red Cross "
Wendy Solesbury MBE
Youth Development Manager, British Red Cross
"Jonathan Banks has captured the faces of different people that vividly represent the human side of the conflict of Nagorno-Karabakh where each individual remains above all a human being with his or her right to be what they are, wherever they live, with dignity and in peace. "
EU Ambassador in Yerevan
"Jonathan has travelled to Intergen's power plants in Mexico, Australia and Europe and produces consistently high quality photography. Intergen's values are all about a high-quality work force for which we consider him part of. "
Mark Somerset
Vice President, InterGen Europe
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News

16

Jul

What does it take to photograph African Killer Bees?

  • By Jonathan Banks

One trip for “Farm Africa” to Tanzania.

Two bee suits.

Three pairs of gloves.

Four separate photographing sessions of the harvesting.

Being told that five stings to the body is not good.

Six minutes of checking the suit and the equipment before going in.

Seven bees getting inside the bee suit which had several rips and was a size too small for me.

Eight fellow travellers watching from the safety of the 4x4s!

Nine stings on one hand that swelled up so much I had to remove my wedding ring for two weeks.

Ten minutes each session with the bees.

Nearly thirty stings overall.

Several phone calls for medical advice.

Lots of applying antihistamine cream and taking of tablets.

Forty minutes of jogging to lose the cloud of bees around me.

Farm Africa works with small holder farmers to reduce poverty and improve food security by increasing household incomes.

Traditional livelihoods of felling trees to sell as timber and charcoal has reduced the forest at a rate of 300,000 hectares each year. Farm Africa has been introducing more profitable and sustainable enterprises, like beekeeping.

A full set of pictures can be seen at

http://www.photo-banks.com/farm-africa/

If you would like to learn more go to

http://www.farmafrica.org/