Images inspired by the odours
of Mendittorosa Odori D’Anima
& Talismans Collezione Preziosa
Pictures by Alex Musgrave
Mirrorborn is a unique photographic interpretation of perfume. I was invited by Stefania Squeglia, the brand owner and creative force behind Mendittorosa Odori D’Anima and Talismans Collezione Preziosa to re-imagine the her passionate collections of fine eaux de parfums and extraits through my olfactive and visual filters.
When I critique or photograph perfume I try to communicate visually or in prose how it smells; the mood of the thing, its personality. Years of working in the perfume trade and an obsession for words and strange beauty have made me fascinated with communicating the poetic emotion of scent, its oddity and its ability to raise unexpected guests and ghosts.
Mirrorborn is a series of reflective portraits of Stefania’s collaborative collections, her intriguing work with talented perfumers, artisan crafts people, ceramicists, writers, jewelers and illustrators. I wear the fragrances continually; they are part of my tapestry, threaded through my days and nights. Le Mat was my first love, decadent profound roses, soaked sensually in chewy patchouli. Now I have them all, each of them unique, addictive and a joy to photograph. I hope you all enjoy my photographs and hopefully sense a little of my madness, the fever I have from inhaling such strange craftsmanship and beauty in scent.
Alex Musgrave, The Silver Fox
Photographer and Scentwriter