When Perfumery Meets Photography!

“Perfume: A cocktail of memories and emotion” – Jeffrey Stepakoff

Perfumery & Photography, both combine with memories to make moment unforgettable. To expand the horizon of creativity in Perfumery as well as in Photography, Artistic & non-traditional thinking makes a huge impact. It gives new views to the perceptions and ultimately resulting in out-of-the-box concepts.

One of the key parts of a picture is Composition. Two elements that mainly contribute to the composition are Object and Background.

Fashion Is Architecture: It Is A Matter Of Proportions – Coco Chanel

Not everything is focused in the picture, but the blurred background gives importance to the object. Even in a perfume, not all the fragrant components are perceived. A perfume is blended to have multiple accords, out of which only a few accords are perceived. Rest of the accords give the base and background to the formulation.

After composition comes the light factor, i.e., Colour Histograms. The RGB colour model is an additive colour model in which red, green and blue light are added together in various ways to produce the broad array of colours. Luminosity and Colour Histograms gives an idea about the elements of the composition of a picture. Various types of Luminosity and Colour Histograms are probable and it varies with the concept of a picture. There is no fixed standard histogram to have a perfect picture.

In the case of Perfumery, blends are made with different accords at different proportions. Depending on the perfumer’s perspective, the proportions and the choice of components will vary, having a palate of infinite possibilities. Like Photography, even in perfumery, there is no fixed ratio of components to be used. On more technical aspect, it can also be compared with GC-MS, which gives complete information about what and how much of the component is present in a perfume.

The Game Of Light and Dark

Even then, as in photography, we have to ensure the exposure is optimum to have a non over-exposed image, in perfumery, we have to follow IFRA (International Fragrance Association) regulations to ensure it is safe for use.

We all notice the difference between a picture from the phone and DSLR camera, the camera here becomes the main pillar to define the quality of the picture. Similarly, in perfumery, quality of components & essential oils used and their source defines the quality of the fine fragrance.

“A Picture is a secret about a secret. The more it tells you the less you know”

                                                                                                                          – Diane Arbus


6 thoughts on “When Perfumery Meets Photography!

  1. This is a beautiful comparison Ashish! Well written.

    Thank you for sharing the article. It drew me towards new perceptions.


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