Honeycomb and Wax

In 2018 Becci Hutchings became the first-ever winner of our Student Photographer of the Year category with her image entitled ‘Honeycomb and Wax’.

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Description: Frames are placed into the bee hives to encourage bees to build honeycomb and fill with honey. Once filled, the frames are removed and the wax capping is scraped off using an uncapping fork. The honeycomb is then either broken off or the frames are placed into an extractor to withdraw the honey.

Technical: Nikon D750, 50mm f/1.8 lens.

How did it feel to have your name called out at the awards ceremony and win your category?
I was so happy to hear my name called out as winner! After coming 2nd in the Food Film Shorts category last year, I felt fortunate enough to have my work in the finalist exhibition again but to win really topped it off! Since the awards, my winning image has been exhibited at the Rencontres d'Aries in France and at The Gloucester Farm Shop Services on the M5. The student category is a great opportunity for young photographers like myself to display their work.

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Please tell us a little more about yourself and your background in photography

A few months ago I finished an Editorial and Advertising Photography Degree at the University of Gloucestershire, which is where I brought my love for food and photography together and now where I specialise my work. Over the past few years I have cooked and baked most of the food for my personal photographic work to build up my portfolio whilst at University, as I enjoy this almost as much as taking the photos! My winning image ‘Honeycomb and wax’ is from my book project Honey. This project was focused on creating a recipe book which includes my own developed recipes and food photography. The book also demonstrates the process of how raw honey is produced from hive to jar through images and text and this is accompanied by a series of recipes which use honey, more of this project can be seen on my website.

Please tell us more about capturing your Finalist image. For example; what was happening around you, what inspired the shot, what time of day, challenges you had in capturing it.

I spent a day collecting honey from hives with bee keeper Giles Horton, documenting the process along the way.  This shot is towards the end of the process, where we had finished preparing the frames of honeycomb taken from the hives, ready for the honey to be extracted. During the uncapping process I noticed the interesting textures of the wax and honeycomb coming off of the frames, Giles also explained that none of this went to waste as the honeycomb can be eaten and the wax is often used to make candles, soaps and other products.

Which photographers, if any, have most influenced your work?

My work has been influenced by many photographers; Laura Edwards, Bea Lubas, Gareth Morgans, Jonathan Gregson, Louise Hagger and many more. Whether its lighting, how they tell a story through an image or colour pallets, I love seeing a variety of work and taking inspiration from different elements and developing my own style.

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Please tell us a little about what you have been working on since leaving university

Recently I have moved away from home to work as a full time photographer’s assistant for Gareth Morgans in London. I have been studying photography since I was at school all the way through to University, so it’s great to now be learning through a different environment where I can develop myself and my professional practice through working in the food photography industry. Alongside assisting I am continuing to shoot and develop my own food photography, as well as starting to work with food stylists.

To contact Becci visit:  

Website: www.beccihutchings.co.uk 

Instagram: @beccihutchingsphotography

Twitter: @becci_photo

Email: [email protected]

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