Japan – Colours of happiness

“La campana del tempio tace,
ma il suono continua
ad uscire dai fiori.” Matsuo Bashō

A few photos from my amazing trip to Japan!

©2017 Flavia Catena

Tokyo

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Kyoto – Nara

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Graduation portraits – Oxford

No, this is not a dream: the best season of the year has finally started, with lots of interesting events and great people to photograph. I could not be more happy! Only a few weeks ago, I had the pleasure to work with Asuka, a lovely japanese girl and a very talented student who successfully graduated from the Oxford University. Here are a few photos I took to her and her husband Sigfrid in a beautiful Sunday afternoon. Congratulations again, and “ad maiora”, as ancient romans used to say!

©2017 Flavia Catena

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Hanna – Rhythm and harmony at the Barbican

Hanna Hughes is an amazing contemporary dancer and a very sweet girl. I had an inspiring photo-session with her last month at the Barbican centre, in London. I found beauty in every movement she did, and I loved the way poses blended together with buildings’ lines to compose intriguining images. So thanks again to Hanna and to the fascinating city of London which always helps me to create and to dream of something new!

©2016 Flavia Catena

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No face

It is not a mask I am wearing, I am not hiding. What you see is what I am, but you refuse to stop your eyes on mine long enough to understand. What you see is what I am, but you are scared to recognize that life doesn’t always lie. So I cover my face, and wait.

Model: Stefania LR

©2016 Flavia Catena

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Exploring Oxford – Children photo-shoot

I met these two lovely children – brother and sister – two Sunday ago in Oxford. During the past three years, since I moved to England, I had the opportunity to photograph them other times and to see them growing up. This is for sure one of the positive aspects of working more often with the same loyal clients: that we better get to know each other, and we all together enjoy the photo shoot with a relaxed mind and an happy heart.

©2016 Flavia Catena

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Cindy and Miguel – A pre-wedding session

Have a look at Cindy and Miguel’s pre-wedding photos! I really loved to work with them, last week, and I want to wish them all the best in life, and of course on their wedding day. Tomorrow they will be husband and wife!

©2016 Flavia Catena

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Dancing in a rainy day

A few weeks ago I photographed Athena, an Italian ballerina and researcher I have met thanks to friends in common, in Oxford. Discussing about the photo shoot, we were thinking to divide the session in a way to have pictures taken both in town and in a park. Unfortunately, the weather was not collaborative, so we had to change plan and to shoot in some covered areas found around. Here is the result of our effords! Despite the rain, it was really a pleasure to work with such a lovely girl!

©2016 Flavia Catena

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A romantic day trip – Pre wedding photo shoot in Oxford

I had the pleasure to photograph this lovely couple at the beginning of the month. They were going to get married in a few days, and liked the idea to get some pre-wedding photos in Oxford, a city they were looking to explore during a romantic day trip. I could not ask for more, being both a photographer, a guide, and chatting with such great people all in the same morning! I really wish them all the best in life!

©2016 Flavia Catena

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In the night I remember

I remember the time I started searching for another world, and a new soul appeared from the shadows. I remember walking towards the storm, and looking at the lighthouse in front of me. That before realising I was at the end of a blind alley. Now here I am, still searching, exploring around.

Model: Sara R.

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Città vuota

“Era la mia città, la città vuota/all’alba, piena di un mio desiderio./Ma il mio canto d’amore, il mio più vero/era per gli altri una canzone ignota.” Sandro Penna

“Città vuota”, or “Empty city” in English, is a small series I shoot last October in London at the Barbican centre, following the suggestions of Hannah Zainuddin (that I thank for being again a wonderful model), as I was looking for an urban space with a minimal, modern and at the same time potentially desolated look where to work. The Barbican has all of it and still more. Sadly that day – mainly because of my train delay – I could not explore the area as much as I would have liked, but I will be there again soon to capture what the Italian poem above (that speaks about desolation, solitude, and love) is whispering to my mind.

©2015 Flavia Catena

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