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Eric Tourneret

Eric Tourneret

Eric Tourneret has been an independent photographer since 1989 and is now reputed to be the « the bees photographer ». He is currently living in Ardeche, France.

His awareness among beauty of natural landscapes is due to him growing up near Annecy, between the lake and mountains. When he turned 17, he discovered Africa, being on a journey, desert, and met new cultures. He got introduced to photography working in studios with fashion or advertising photographers who were specialists of light and visual creation. He then travelled the world for fifteen years bringing back ethnics or social reports for magazines. Photography was a “tool to tell”, “a tool to get to meet new people”.

In 2004 as he learnt that bees were disappearing (thanks to the French beekeepers’ struggle for the ban of the automatic insecticides), Eric began working on beekeeping being immersed in the life of a beehive. His pictures were exhibited in the Orangery of the French Senate in Paris and are gathered in a first book untitled « the People of the Bees ». They are also often published in the international press. In 2007, he expanded his investigations and went worldwide to report on the relationship between men and bees (including the most archaic collection but also the industrial and commercial one) from Nepal to Cameroun, going through Russia, Argentina, Mexico, New Zealand, the USA or even Romania… His work was published in 2009 and untitled ‘The Honey gatherers’. Exhibitions were organized in photo festivals, natural history museums or botanic gardens as his pictures are witnesses of our transiting world and disclose the reasons why bees disappear.

Eric Tourneret then kept up travelling in big beekeeping traditional countries such as Slovenia, Germany and Turkey. He met the nomadic people in Ethiopia, the pygmy of the Republic of Congo, the giant bees in India and Indonesia and also the bees with no sting in Brazil and Costa Rica, and the killing bees in Panama. He discovered urban beekeeping in New York, London, Berlin or Hong Kong and the formidable Asian hornet in France, the lifelong nectar flows in Australia and the by-hand pollination in China. Those twelve years spending discovering bees and men gave rise to a beautiful book called ‘The Honey Roads’ published by Hozhoni in September 2015 and to an eponymous exhibition on the French Senate grids.

Eric Tourneret’s work has recently been exhibited at the United Nation in Geneva, Switzerland.

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Apidologie - Alexis Buatois observes a new virtual system of visual learning for the bees. The bees are suspended in the locomotion compensator conceived for the analysis of their visual orientation. The bee, immobilized by the thorax, is placed on a hollow sphere of which the movements, induced by the walking of the bee, are recorded by optical sensors that allow for the reconstruction of the bee's trajectory. The bee walking on the compensator is exposed to visual stimuli present inside a cylindrical arena. The CRCA has shown that the cognitive capacities of recognition of visual forms by domestic bees are similar to those of humans and primates. This work was published in the revue Nature 2004. CNRS. Université Paul Sabatier. Toulouse.Apidologie - Alexis Buatois observes a new virtual system of visual learning for the bees. The bees are suspended in the locomotion compensator conceived for the analysis of their visual orientation. The bee, immobilized by the thorax, is placed on a hollow sphere of which the movements, induced by the walking of the bee, are recorded by optical sensors that allow for the reconstruction of the bee's trajectory. The bee walking on the compensator is exposed to visual stimuli present inside a cylindrical arena. The CRCA has shown that the cognitive capacities of recognition of visual forms by domestic bees are similar to those of humans and primates. This work was published in the revue Nature 2004. CNRS. Université Paul Sabatier. Toulouse.Apidologie - Alexis Buatois observes a new virtual system of visual learning for the bees. The bees are suspended in the locomotion compensator conceived for the analysis of their visual orientation. The bee, immobilized by the thorax, is placed on a hollow sphere of which the movements, induced by the walking of the bee, are recorded by optical sensors that allow for the reconstruction of the bee's trajectory. The bee walking on the compensator is exposed to visual stimuli present inside a cylindrical arena. The CRCA has shown that the cognitive capacities of recognition of visual forms by domestic bees are similar to those of humans and primates. This work was published in the revue Nature 2004. CNRS. Université Paul Sabatier. Toulouse.© Eric Tourneret / BiosphotoNon exclusive sale
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Apidologie - A bee in front of an odor gun. This technique allows for an association between an odor and a sugary reward. A sweet solution is applied to the antennas and the bee stretches out its proboscis, its little trunk. This odor-reflex association has brought to light the bees' capacity to remember odors and the time necessary to acquire olfactory memory. But also more complex learning: for example, an odor A is associated with a sugary solution and an odor B is not. Then, shortly after, it is reversed: the odor A is no longer associated with sugar but the odor B is. Result: the bee is capable of replacing the first signal by the new one. Centre for , FranceResearch, CNRS, Université Paul Sabatier, ToulouseApidologie - A bee in front of an odor gun. This technique allows for an association between an odor and a sugary reward. A sweet solution is applied to the antennas and the bee stretches out its proboscis, its little trunk. This odor-reflex association has brought to light the bees' capacity to remember odors and the time necessary to acquire olfactory memory. But also more complex learning: for example, an odor A is associated with a sugary solution and an odor B is not. Then, shortly after, it is reversed: the odor A is no longer associated with sugar but the odor B is. Result: the bee is capable of replacing the first signal by the new one. Centre for , FranceResearch, CNRS, Université Paul Sabatier, ToulouseApidologie - A bee in front of an odor gun. This technique allows for an association between an odor and a sugary reward. A sweet solution is applied to the antennas and the bee stretches out its proboscis, its little trunk. This odor-reflex association has brought to light the bees' capacity to remember odors and the time necessary to acquire olfactory memory. But also more complex learning: for example, an odor A is associated with a sugary solution and an odor B is not. Then, shortly after, it is reversed: the odor A is no longer associated with sugar but the odor B is. Result: the bee is capable of replacing the first signal by the new one. Centre for , FranceResearch, CNRS, Université Paul Sabatier, Toulouse© Eric Tourneret / BiosphotoNon exclusive sale
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