Phoneography and Non-SLR Digital Devices Photo Challenge: Challenger’s Choice–scent-ual

Posted: May 26, 2014 in Phoneography Challenge
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Perfume, from the Latin per fumum, meaning “through smoke”, has been scenting women (and men) since the days of ancient Mesopotamia and Egypt.  Used not only to attract and seduce, perfume has also been used for the more prosaic purpose of attempting to mask body odor.

Once perfume was made, it had to be stored.  Here was opportunity for beauty of a visual sort.  Perfume bottles have adorned bedrooms and bathrooms as long as perfume has existed.  Unfortunately, heat, light and oxygen are enemies of scent, so keeping perfume in a gorgeous bottle on your dresser is counterproductive.  My husband bought me Chanel No. 5 for Christmas this year, but its home is in the darkness of my armoire while my beautiful perfume bottles catch the light sans scent.

“Perfume is like cocktails without the hangover, like chocolate without the calories, like an affair without tears, like a vacation from which you never have to come back.”
~Marian Bendeth
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A woman’s perfume tells more about her than her handwriting. ”
~Christian Dior
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“A woman who doesn’t wear perfume has no future.”
~Coco Chanel
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All photos edited with Picasa 3.
#2-soft focus, museum matte, fill & highlight,
#3-drop shadow

Other choices for this week’s challenge can be found here.

  1. Because of your subject,the first image is apt. It has that ethereal quality that one can receive from the scent of perfume, and can be associated with an individual. Happy Photo Challenge.

  2. Dawn says:

    Very romantic images…

  3. Probably they all were right :o) I agree with Mr. Dior , we should use our noses instead of our eyes :o)

  4. Angeline M says:

    Your first photo captivates me; so soft and feminine. Scents of perfumes I love come flooding to my mind.

    • My effect was achieved, Angeline. I’m so pleased. It was one of those slightly out-of-focus photos that I think about getting rid of and then think I like more than if it had been sharp and clear.


  5. Lovely images, and I really like the Marion Bendeth quote. 🙂 I love Chanel No 5.

    • It was a lovely gift. My only regret is that I don’t go many places where I can wear it. Theoretically, I could wear it daily but perfume isn’t something I usually wear while walking in the park or mowing the lawn. 🙂


  6. Just beautiful. 😀

  7. FireBonnet says:

    Thanks for the info about light and perfume! Your bottles are so lovely and a perfect subject for the challenge… and love the quotes.

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