Fotograf Magazine

Sofia Okkonen

Honey, Please

In Honey, Please (started in 2020), I have been reflecting on the chronic anxiety and recovery from the apocalyptic pathos caused by news coverage of, for example, the insect decline. The project is about finding and nurturing hopefulness, sensitivity, tenderness and care through art. The decline of pollinators and the shrinking of bee populations as a result of biodiversity loss are intertwined with issues of low birth rates, reproductive pressures, budding baby fever and images of a looming future. How to secure interspecies partnership and coexistence? What is good and true? How to update your dreams while experiencing the pain of letting go? How strange (?) it feels to love someone who hasn’t even gotten their start yet! Is motherhood already in me?

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