Dancing close to the sky

“Faeries, come take me out of this dull world,
For I would ride with you upon the wind,
Run on the top of the dishevelled tide,
And dance upon the mountains like a flame.”  W.B. Yeats, The Land of Heart’s Desire

The more I have the chance to work with dancers, the more I fall in love with this art!

See here some of the photos taken to the talented and beautiful Stephanie Collins in a very special location: Trinity Laban Conservatoire!

©2017 Flavia Catena

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Just a room, a pretty soul, and a smile

“Youth is happy because it has the capacity to see beauty. Anyone who keeps the ability to see beauty never grows old.” Franz Kafka

From an improvised (due to weather conditions) – but not less enjoyable – test shoot with the beautiful Liana VL.

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Angel

“The night was starless and very dark. Without doubt, in the gloom some mighty angel was standing, with outstretched wings, awaiting the soul.” Victor Hugo

From a collaboration with talented artist and performer Donna Han (she made the paper wing you can see in some of the photos).

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Dreams wear white dresses

Dreams wear white dresses and live in old houses with no roof, but sky. There are trees next to the bed where they sleep; plants grow on the wall around which they chase the day that is ending. What they wait is to be free, to walk and run and be seen, being recognized as real.

Model and dress: Dovile Ciapaité

©2016 Flavia Catena

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Geometries

When I feel restless, when my days run too fast and I have not enough time to dream and to live, I look for a place and a though where everything may return to order. Wherever I find lines, geometries and minimalism, I can start breathing again.

This photo shoot was realised in order to explore the potential – speaking about composition – of a tennis court, as first done last year with my “Tennis court loneliness” series. Thanks a lot to my lovely and talented friend Dovile Ciapaité for helping me to create the photos below!

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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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The derelict house and the white horse

The sky is turning grey, no one on the beach, silent boats fill the horizon. I wear a summer dress, my wavy hair smells of sand, and my bag is full of shells and pumice stones. There is a house, an abandoned one, where only sky and wind have access; the roof fell down, and a tree is growing where the bedroom was. I would like to walk close to it, and to take better photos, but the barbed wire does not allow me. A white horse seems to watch the house with his dark and nostalgic eyes. When I step towards him, he looks at the camera and asks for a caress. I would ask him to bring me to the hill, and wait together for the rain to sing among the trees.

A sicilian landscape.

©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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