Short story of a scarecrow

“All the same” said the Scarecrow, “I shall ask for brains instead of a heart; for a fool would not know what to do with a heart if he had one.”
“I shall take the heart,” returned the Tin Woodman, “for brains do not make one happy, and happiness is the best thing in the world.” L. Frank Baum, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

Another collaboration with performer and artist Donna Han who created this beautiful scarecrow mask.

©2017 Flavia Catena

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Apollineum

Today I want to share with you a selection of images from a fashion photo-shoot done with the very talented and lovely Travis S C-Knight and James Pett, both dancers at the Wayne McGregor Company. It is always a pleasure to work with such nice people and artists, and it was very inspiring, in this case, to play both as a photographer and as a stylist. We had fun, despite the cold of the day, and I think we ended up with some nice photos. But I leave you judge this. I can’t wait to work again with these two! Thank you for all you have beautifully done, guys!

©2016 Flavia Catena

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Wardrobe: COS, Reiss, Jaqueline, Zara, United Colour of Benetton, H&M, Dolce & Gabbana,
Tezenis, Massimo Dutti, Stafford, Boombogie, vintage clothes

 

Hula hoops

“Making up for lost time?”
“Yes,” I say.
“A lot of things were stolen from my childhood. Lots of important things. And now I have to get them back.” Haruki Murakami, Kafka on the shore

Thanks a lot to Amy Hunter for modelling again for me, and for wearing two beautiful pinafores she designed and made!

©2016 Flavia Catena

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Ophelia on the grass

“Heaven! Love! Freedom! What a dream, oh poor crazed Girl!
You melted to him as snow does to a fire;
Your great visions strangled your words
– And fearful Infinity terrified your blue eye!”, from Ophelia by Arthur Rimbaud.

Model: Liana VL

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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!

©2016 Flavia Catena

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Terra arida – Un non viaggio

Today it’s one of those “nostalgic days” I often live when I have enough time to think about the past. The day I took these photos was one of those too, so I decided to speak – through images – about that long, silent, emotional travel that brings souls everywhere and nowhere, the kind of travel everyone is scared of. And the end of a poem came back to my mind (sorry, but it is an Italian one):

“E ora, che ne sarà
del mio viaggio?
Troppo accuratamente l’ho studiato
senza saperne nulla. Un imprevisto
è la sola speranza. Ma mi dicono
che è una stoltezza dirselo.”

E. Montale, Prima del viaggio, Satura 1962-1970

Model: Ella Harding

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In ascolto della terra

“Tu sei come una terra

che nessuno ha mai detto.

Tu non attendi nulla

se non la parola

che sgorgherà dal fondo

come un frutto tra i rami.

C’è un vento che ti giunge.

Cose secche e rimorte

t’ingombrano e vanno nel vento.

Membra e parole antiche.

Tu tremi nell’estate.”

Cesare Pavese, 29 Ottobre 1945, 

Model: Dovile Ciapaité

©2014 Flavia Catena

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Un immenso campo fiorito

A lot of flowered fields are adorning the English countryside these days! How could I stay away from them? Here are some photos I took two weeks ago to the lovely Hannah Zainuddn, as a conclusion of our photo shoot on the Thames bank (see the previous post). Feel yourself absorbed in this yellow light!

©2014 Flavia Catena

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