June 1, 2007

Glory

Back after a break -- I do really enjoy doing this site and want to continue and make more of it as time goes on. Perhaps link to other projects of mine, and in the meantime continue the research and the writing on all topics related to the sense of smell, beauty, and social and personal history in relation to perfume.
Lately I have been thinking about the concept of glory -- as in the halo effect often shown surrounding the head of saints and angels in the old paintings. I also notice that at the magic hour near sundown, all the slanting summer light illuminates each detail of the natural and man-made outside world, such as each blade of grass; the dappling light coming through the trees, each detail on the facade of a building, the crenelations of the clouds. This effect heightens the sense of significance of each of the ordinary details in the environment. There are also other things that seems to impart this glorification effect. Jewelry, with the fractions of light that glance from polished metal and jewels and spangles, and even certain scents, especially the warm, expansive ones (like Tabac Blonde by Caron) have the effect of calling attention to certain details or parts of the body, in such as way as to illuminate them.
I think when one becomes aware of the scent arising from the skin and different parts of the body as it accentuates them, such as the inner wrists or the base of the neck, it adds an element of glory and calls attention to the gestures of the hands or the facial expressions...
Above, sunburst mirror from BJ's home accents.

3 comments:

chayaruchama said...

It is all about light and shadow, isn't it ?
That's a terrific mirror.

Anya said...

So glad you're back, Lucy, and on an auspicious day, too ;-)full of light and celebration.

Lucy said...

C - yes, I have a thing about the sunburst motif --

A - thanks -- is it a holiday I am not aware of? June is always good...