Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Silver and Chalk

The invention of photography began with the discovery that a mixture of silver and chalk darkens when exposed to light. Eventually this resulted in the photographic process termed daguerréotype.

In between formulating and making perfumes, packaging orders, and marketing I continue to photograph my work. Constantly searching for the perfect photo to capture the essence of the aromatic plant elixirs I create.

The antique postcards have been a God-send and continue to find their way into the photos as valuable backgrounds. I am enamored with the beautiful script of each of the cards, I'd like to find a typographic font that looks like this.

Of the perfume imagery the first of Q natural perfume, a solid handmade unguent using my own infusion of oak leaves. The word unguent stems from the Latin unguere meaning to anoint. Historically unguents go back to ancient Egypt and the Roman Empire referring to a semi solid paste, in this case a cream perfume.

The second photo is of three 1 gram vials of pure perfume, this is a new set requested by a customer and seems an excellent idea. Since Mothers Day is coming up and the Natural Perfume Locket is such a nice gift for mom, I took some new photos of the locket.

The fourth photo below, is of liquid Chaparral® with a sprig of sage from my native garden. Which reminds me, I'm going to go out there and count how many different types of sage I have in the garden.

L’Atelier de l'artiste by Louis Jacques Mand√© Daguerre (1787-1851)
Perfume photos by moi, Roxana Villa.


Carol said...

absolutely gorgeous photos! thank you

Illuminated Perfume said...

Thanks for stopping by Frida, glad you appreciate the photos.