“Before a Cat will condescend
To treat you as a trusted friend,
Some little token of esteem
Is needed, like a dish of cream;
And you might now and then supply
Some caviare, or Strassburg Pie,
Some potted grouse, or salmon paste —
He’s sure to have his personal taste.
(I know a Cat, who makes a habit
Of eating nothing else but rabbit,
And when he’s finished, licks his paws
So’s not to waste the onion sauce.)
A Cat’s entitled to expect
These evidences of respect.
And so in time you reach your aim,
And finally call him by his name.” T.S. Eliot, Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats
Curious, sweet, adorable, Mao and Kalissi (one is a siamese/ragdoll cat, and the other one a bengal) are some of the most friendly cats I have met while working on this project so far. It was lovely to spend some time with them and her mum Manna, and I believe these photos below speak for themselves about how we enjoyed each others company!
A new year has just started, and I am already filling my diary with ideas for upcoming photo shoots and little dreams I would like to become reality. But before dedicating my all free time to future projects, I still have some old work I would love to share with you. Among these, a christening I had the pleasure to photograph last November in the Holy Trinity Church (Oxford). Sophia was lovely in her white dress. She smiled and looked at everything with curious and shiny eyes. It was a joy to watch her and to photograph such precious moments. I believe the first post of the year could not be anything less merry than this.
Where should I start from? The glorious University years, the way we grew up, and changed – or maybe not – and became the women we are? Our friendship? I am speaking to you, Antonella, while my eyes are looking back to the room and the house we shared, to the city that we explored together, to the delicatessen of our native regions we enjoyed in front of a tower of books, to the laughs and the tears that filled our Roman memories. We have been friends for such a long time that the day you got married, last August, I was really happy and emotioned! As I was the day we took these photos. Seeing you and Andrea smiling, being excited and thrilled, through the lens of my camera, gave joy to my heart. Added to that, the pleasure to visit the town where you were born and you always spoke about. You are such a beautiful couple, guys, romantic, ironic, spontaneous, and I want to thank you once again for all. Yours was really an amazing wedding, and all the days we spent together made me feel as I was ninetheen again. Keep smiling as in these photographs, and be young, and able to see the happy face of life forever.
I usually like to think carefully about my photo-shoots before contacting the models and starting to work on them, but the day I decided to take the photos you’ll see below, I said to myself: just have fun and find a way to communicate happiness. The original project wanted a sunny day, but lately, in England, sunny days are so rare that I am wondering: will I take all the photos I want in the next months, should I change my plans for a while, focusing on a different kind of photography? Maybe somehow, like last winter, I will find a way, despite the weather, to exercise my creativity without sacrificing my ideas.
A special thanks to the lovely Silvia Pace, who faced with the cold wind with a big smile!