About the Book
"Inside the Hive" is a two-part photographic art project that grew out of Ed Swinden's candid 'Street B(ee)' work of 2003-2009 and his 2010 military-style portraiture piece, "Beekeeper: to Serve the Queen".
Two sides of an 'argument' are presented, and the reader asked to decide whether to look on the light side, or the dark side.
Ed's artwork aims to make the viewer consider what 'duty' and 'society' mean for the individual. It addresses themes of service and duty, alienation and coersion, the building of physical and mental barriers, and explores personal graft, sacrifice and redemption.
Ed is an award-winning former journalist, a writer and multimedia artist. His work has been featured in many publications including The British Journal of Photography, Ag, and Aesthetica. His interests include graphic design, (translated) Japanese literature, psychology, sociology, and experimental cookery.