THE UNPUBLISHED WORKS OF MAHC BEAU: SKETCHES OF OUR IMAGINATION
'Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life’s coming attractions.’
- Albert Einstein
On the streets of Lagos, Nigeria, a boy-child with a fascination for books and book collecting would spend his time sorting after books to rescue them, to shelter them and to own them. The presence of these books, rather than the content had an unusual effect on this young dreamer. The realisation of one’s dream in the current of life's vicissitudes takes discipline of mind, perseverance, and imagination. Alas! The conception of a book was in transit.
Mahc Beau is a contemporary writer and poet, a director of photography and perfumer. His poetry is both performance-based as well as written. Excerpts from the book have been performed on various platforms including the Islington Arts and Media School’s Book Fair Launch and several musical showcases in London. He is a poet of our times, today’s creative writer with an added distinguished edge. The aspect that separates this writer from others is the juxtaposition of photography and perfume with a meta-narrative memoir.
This is not just another book filled with beautiful poetry and photography, there is an extensive production process and its artistic and creative sentiments are transcendent. Driven by his desire to tell the stories in the book and relive fond memories, Beau uses a selection of sublime candle fragrances and perfumes as narrative tools, charting the stories of his youth, of intimate moments, of discovering passion and falling in love in London's dance halls and Jazz joints.
His recurring visual themes are romance, beauty, solitude, and dialogue. Each image was imagined and the production process ensued, resulting in a bespoke fit to synchronise with the poetry. There is an interlinking chord between the fragrances' notes, the images created, and the stories they illustrate.
The entire book is carefully curated with the purposeful intent of innovating new ideas and standards in book design and publishing and will make a fine collector’s item for any art or fashion lover’s library.
THE UNPUBLISHED WORKS OF MAHC BEAU: SKETCHES OF OUR IMAGINATION is due to be launched in the winter of 2023 with a limited edition release of 5,000 signed book copies. The book measures at 23.5cm x 30.5cm.