More than one year ago, I decided to start a portrait project about cats and their female owners, being a cat lover myself, and also strongly believing in that sometimes saving bond between humans and pets. I took the first portraits, and then, overwhelmed by commissions, work, and other projects, I had to stop. But I was still looking forward to going back to that series of mine, and now it seems the time has come!
Last week I visited Becky Paton, a very talented artist who makes and successfully exhibits beautiful mosaics (please, have a look at her Instagram page @beckypatonmosaics). She lives with her family in the countryside just outside Oxford, and has a sweet and gorgeous cat named Lexi. He – yes, Lexi is actually a male cat, but the vet found this out too late for his name to be changed, as he really liked it! – was adopted by the family while he was still a fluffy little kitty. Now he is a four years old beautiful feline who loves to cuddle up next to his human mum at night, but also exploring the fields following his hunting instincts. I could see he was just impatient to go out and enjoy the sun, on the day we took the photographs. But I thank him and Becky for posing in front of my camera and sharing with me a bit of their happiness!
You would never think to see such an heavy snow at the beginning of March, when spring starts putting sprouts on branches and flowers on the ground, but yet it happened, and Oxford was covered with a white shining blanket for a few days two weeks ago. Alisa, who travelled with her family from Thailand, had her graduation ceremony in one of those days, but she was very brave to bear the cold and show her lovely smile in all the photos we took! Despite the difficulties, I am happy with the result, as snow definitively added a touch of romanticism to the Oxford landscapes.
I feel the need to capture beauty, but the real, the honest one. I wish for perfection, but sometimes I ask myself what perfection really is, and how to find it in photography. I am sure it does not lie behind a Photoshop tool, but rather behind our eyes which we need to refine to embrance wonder in the simplest, purest things.
Some unretouched portraits of the lovely Ophelie B.
I am excited to share with you these photos taken a few weeks ago to the lovely and talented Harriet, and assisted by a sweet Italian photographer I recently had the chance to meet in Oxford, Elisabetta. This was my first photo-shoot of 2018, and I could not desire for a different and better one: relaxed, spontaneous, focused on real photos, real beauty and real joy!
“Pan, who and what art thou?” he cried huskily.
“I’m youth, I’m joy,” Peter answered at a venture, “I’m a little bird that has broken out of the egg.” J. M. Barrie, Peter Pan
From a photo-shoot – the last one I still had to share from 2017 – about youth and school memories with model Iman Assaber, stylist Alessandra Bertoni, and make up artist Micaela Congia. Thanks to my great Italian team for the job done!
Listen to the sound that comes from my soul when it meets the sun at dawn. Your soul echoes just like mine; they both have the same coloured dresses, the same shades. Whether our hands do not touch each other’s faces, whether our voices do not reach each other’s ears, our souls whisper in the distance, and we dance and live together.
From a fashion story in collaboration with Polina Schadauer-Povarich, creator and founder of Polosophia. Models: Hjordis Lara Hlidberg and Suzannah Gilburt. Make up: Micaela Congia.