I will protect you

“What I want is to be needed. What I need is to be indispensable to somebody. Who I need is somebody that will eat up all my free time, my ego, my attention. Somebody addicted to me. A mutual addiction.” Chuck Palahniuk

Photos from an early spring photo shoot with the sweet Ophélie C.

©2016 Flavia Catena

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Le Petit Prince -A French Play in Oxford

It is time to go back to our childhood memories with the moving and romantic story of “Le Petit Prince”! But instead of looking for the old book we probably left in the dusty grandma attic, this time we can follow the Prince’s adventures on the stage!

I took the photos you can see below from The New French Play in Oxford: Le Petit Prince, performed in May 2016 at LMH Simpkins Lee Theatre and directed by the talented Elsa Perault and Rebecca Wood. In the cast: Alexander Bridges, Caitlin Jones, Danielle Green, Georgia Crump, Heather Barr, Krishmeela Rittoo, Lydie Sheehan, Martina Kavanová, Niccolo Pescetelli, Serena Yagoub, Serin Gioan, Zoë Sandford.

©2016 Flavia Catena

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Illyria Pottery – The elegance of craftsmanship

My interest in craftsmanship and beautiful handmade pieces of art is as old as my passion for photography. I can say that somehow they both grew up together, since I moved from Rome to Milan and I bought my first camera.

With the idea to complete a documentary series dedicated to craftsmanship, I recently started searching for local artists interested in collaborating on the project. Katie immediately showed me her desire to partecipate, and I could not be more excited when I read her reply to my email. I had already visited her shop, finding it wonderful, and I could not wait to get a deeper look at it again with my camera. Finally that moment arrived, last week. Katie Coston, owner and creator of Illyria Pottery, welcomed me in her studio – right below the shop – with a lovely smile while working on some new ceramic pieces. I spent there some time, taking photos at her modeling bowls and vases and speaking about her business, first launched in the United States, the country Katie is from. I ended shooting a few more pictures in her shop, fascinated by the way each item is displayed, by the minimal yet accurate composition, and the smart use of vintage furnitures-objects.

Since my words will never say enough about Illyria Pottery’s great work, take a few seconds to relax and have a look at the photos! One more line to thank Katie for her friendliness, and to invite you all to visit her shop in Oxford, and her website: http://illyriapottery.co.uk.

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To be silent, to be alone

We are heavy, suffocated by layers of thoughts, fears, regrets. We are cold, despite all those layers; our cheeks are red, our hands are frozen. We are unable to walk, we see the mud and not the lake.

Model: Maria Christina D.

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