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Everyone Looks Better Naked and Covered In Honey (NSFW)

Four thousand five-hundred pounds of honey. That’s how much photographer Blake Little poured over his models in his most recent series Preservation.

His models ranged from one-and-a-half to 85 years old, from slender to obese. The results are stunning, highlighting both the strange and timeless beauty of the human body.

Not only has honey itself been on this earth for 25 to 50 million years, but it also looks like amber, the fossilized tree sap known for preserving small bugs for millions of years. When he poured it over his subjects, he liked how it made their aging human flesh look preserved in amber, timeless yet unlike anything he’d ever seen before.

In the foreword to his photo book for Preservation, Kenneth Lapatin, the Associate Curator of Antiquities at the J. Paul Getty Museum, wrote:

[Little] was amazed by honey’s transformations when dripped, dribbled, and poured over the human body, and how it can distort and amplify forms, highlight physical perfection, engender repulsion, and suggest both immortality and death. For Blake, gleaming, golden honey has a way of diffusing the personal qualities of his subjects, often making them unrecognizable, democratizing their individual traits into something altogether different and universal.

You can see Little’s photographs at the Kopeikin Gallery in Los Angeles through April 18, 2015.