Emma – A play in Oxford

This, for sure, was one of the most exciting experience I had this year, speaking about my photography work! It was such a joy to take photos to the cast of “Emma” (yes, the Jane Austen’s one), a play by Thistledown Theatre. The team who worked on it is great, as all the actors. Don’t miss the show, if you are in Oxford this August! More information about it on the Company’s website: http://www.thistledowntheatre.com.

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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!

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Sunday in the cottage

“And suddenly I am washed over by a wave of happiness for it, for my little story, because it is a place, a home even, and I can go back to it from wherever I am”. David Grossman, Her body knows

Photos from a winter photo shoot with Virginia Tozzi.

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Friends – A walk in the field of our memories

I won’t start this blog post saying how much friendship is important, and how redeeming, especially for those who live far from their country, and have all their best friends miles away from them. The three girls I photographed in a spring sunny morning belong to that group of friends separated by land and sea; but what’s nice of them is that they always find the time to be together, despite the distance (Italy-England). This photo shoot is a proof of their bond, and the evident empathy of their common memories and future wishes.

Thanks to Livia, Stefania and Virginia for sharing this with me!

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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.

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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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Hiding myself and seeking you

“And in the midst of this wide quietness

A rosy sanctuary will I dress

With the wreathed trellis of a working brain,

With buds, and bells, and stars without a name”. From “Ode to Psyche”, John Keats

I thank so much Federica, my model, for collaborating with me on this project.

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Visiting the London Cat Village

Yes, I am a cat addict, I have to confess it, and as living in a rented house (especially here in the UK) does not make it easy to have a pet, I find myself happy as a little child when I discover a new cat cafe where I can book an afternoon tea and enjoy the company of some little balls of fur. The London Cat Village is the third café of this kind I visit, and I have to say I was impressed by the relaxing atmosphere of it and by the beautiful cats who were so comfortable interacting with people as they would have been at their own houses, seeking for the attention of their owner. Food there was also good, so much that one of the cat stared at my cake with a jealous look. Of course, I did not let him try a piece, and when he got tired of waiting and yawned I shot a picture.

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In the City of London

During one of my latest visit to London, I took these photos to my friend Thu-Linh. We had such a nice time going around the City, from the lovely Leadenhall Market to the skyscrapers area, and having a lunch in an Italian pizzeria (yes, the pizza was good enough, and I confess I am an hypercritical person when it comes to food), that I am planning another photography trip to the capital. Maybe next time I will share some food photos of the delicatessen tasted too!

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