Where is the ancient wealth wherewith I clothed
Our human nakedness, and could endow
With spiritual splendour a white brow
That else had grinned at me the fact I loathed?
A kiss is but a kiss now! and no wave
Of a great flood that whirls me to the sea.
But, as you will! we’ll sit contentedly,
And eat our pot of honey on the grave.
The heart is, as it were, the hearthstone and source of the innate heat by which the animal is governed… The heart is a hard flesh, not easily injured. In hardness, tension, general strength, and resistance to injury, the fibers of the heart far surpass all others, for no other instrument performs such continuous, hard work as the heart… The complexity of [the heart’s] fibers… was prepared by Nature to perform a variety of functions… enlarging when it desires to attract what is useful, clasping its contents when it is time to enjoy what has been attracted, and contracting when it desires to expel residues.
While Galenic physiology may not have been spot-on regarding the basic structures and anatomical functions of the heart, Galen’s assessments can be read quite accurately as metaphors.
A series of scents inspired by the human heart in all its resilience and vulnerability.
A few years back Beth and I were walking the streets of Edinburgh when I noticed a statue of a man with his naughty bits hanging out. It was cold – really cold – and I commented to Beth that I would personally not want my junk bouncing around in the freezing air like that, especially for all eternity. I posted the photo on Instagram and titled it Junk. We both had a laugh about it, and some of our friends commented that I should make a perfume of the Junk. As we traveled more, I noticed that tons more statues, wall reliefs, sculptures, and paintings had their junk hanging out for all to see. Tons of Cherub Junk, some Unicorn Junk, some Paleolithic Junk. All manner of Junk.
In that moment, I knew my life’s mission.
I have collected some of the more interesting and fun junk photos that I took while I was wandering around the United Kingdom and France for your enjoyment. And with that, I present Ted’s Junk Tour: inspired by Junk, perfumed by Beth.