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From the Kama Sutra to the Perfumed Garden to the Bible, honey has been connected with love, sex, and sensuality extraordinaire since the beginning of time. In the fifth century B.C., Hippocrates prescribed it for sexual vigor. Galen, the court physician to Marcus Aurelius, recommended he down a glass of thick honey mixed with almonds and pine nuts, difficult though it may be. Tradition in India calls for a bridegroom to receive honey on his wedding day. Newlyweds typically go on a honeymoon, a practice that stems from an ancient tradition of couples going into seclusion and drinking a honey concoction until the first new moon of their marriage.

Physiologically, honey provides the body with a very usable form of sugar that converts easily into energy. Psychologically, honey encompasses sensuality. The very word honey conjures up golden images of the dripping, sticky, viscous substance, of honeybees, of honeysuckle, of all things sweet. And why shouldn’t it? It comes from the nectar of flowers, from orange blossoms and dandelions, from raspberries and clover, from springtime and buzzing bees.

creating the image

For this shot, we bought a gloriously large crystal bowl and filled it with jars and jars honey. The model for this shot, a courier and a firefighter, has the most amazing body. As you can see from the image, his back and shoulders are big, firm, strong, and cut. His body curves in and nips at the waist, and then immediately jets out like a ledge to form an ass made of solid muscle. His body is a sight to behold, and he’s a super nice guy, too. We had him backlit in an effort to give the honey some translucency. In doing so, it highlighted the the intense curves of his back. With his arm deep into the honey, it optically altered the size of his hand, making it appear larger than life. Honey, intensified. Just what we wanted.


photo by ben fink
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