Secret garden

“A garden to walk in and immensity to dream in – what more could he ask? A few flowers at his feet and above him the stars.” Victor Hugo, Les Misérables
From a visit to the Botanic gardens of Oxford with my Lomo Instant.

©2017 Flavia Catena

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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.

©2016 Flavia Catena

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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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Di ghiaccio e cemento – Ice and concrete

The world is going to disappear. Rain, falling down, is turning streets and walls into ice. Sun rarely appears on the frozen concentre. Ghostly rays recall memories in lovers’ hearts. Who is sitting alone on the edge of a crevice can see its bottom blue like the ocean.

A special thanks to my sweet model Virginia Tozzi!

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On a boat

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure to photograph these two lovely sisters, Charlotte and Lisa. We had to improvise the photo-shoot a bit because of a series of reasons, but when we saw that abandoned boat on the Thames river, I thought once again that improvisation is not something to be scared of. For sure it is something I always learn from…

Thanks to Charlotte and Lisa for their help, smiles and laughs!

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Arbor

When I was a child I spent hours playing and reading next to an old tree of my parents’ garden. That place had something magic for me; the shadow cast by the leaves in those summery afternoons felt me protected. It was like being embraced by a grandfather, and I did not know any of my grandfathers. That’s why trees are an essential presence in my photographs. Here again I want to celebrate their strong and protecting beauty.

Model: Anna Wrobel

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Playground – Shadows of my youth

E poi un giorno li ritrovò deserti, il prato, lo scivolo, l’altalena. Le ombre del passato si allungavano al loro fianco, i ricordi dell’infanzia erano pronti ad evaporare. Così decise di accompagnarli nella loro partenza, stendendosi accanto ad essi, toccandoli un’ultima volta con mano, assecondando il vento e la luce.

Model: Samantha Flanakin

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Skin – Portraits of Andra

Soft skin, natural light, subtle colors, and silent emotions. Thanks to Andra for being such a lovely model and thanks to the improvised location too, as I discovered new ways to use the light and to talk with it.

Model: Andra Chizeveter

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