Dialogue with Female Photographers – Kat Terek

I met Kat on a Saturday winter morning. The dark clouds were hiding the sun which tried to sneak out at times, while we were talking, seated at a coffee shop nearby Farrington station. I had asked Kat to choose a location she had a sort of connection with, where to take her portrait.
It took me long to give consistency to a series of thoughts I have been having for months, and then, one day, I woke up thinking to shoot a series about female photographers, in order to describe the strength, the passion, the perseverance of being a mind and a soul behind the camera, and of showing both the mind and the soul in the images that camera helps taking.
Kat was then the first photographer I decided to approach, and I was so happy she accepted to take part into my project. We have been following each other’s work for quite some time. I immediately loved Kat’s style, the warm colours giving depth to her photographs, the light enriching them and the stories she was telling through them. This is what she loves of being a fashion photographer: the possibility to work around an idea and to develop its narrative in a clear but personal way.
Kat discovered her passion for photography a few years ago, when she was studying Audio Video Engineering at Glasgow University. It was thanks to a Film project she got involved into that Kat bought her first camera, an analogue lens to go with it, and started capturing what her eyes could not stop to look at, from people on the streets, to friends and all the little things which sometimes go unnoticed in our daily life.
Soon after moving to London, Kat developed her interest for fashion photography as well. During our conversation, she stated how important is finding a good team while working on a creative project. Respect, trust and especially kindness are very important, essential, when communicating with someone, whether they be a make up artist, a stylist or a model. The fashion world is like a big ladder – she described it – that one needs to climb step by step. And for this to be an ideal world – or anything close to it – there would need to be more interactions between photographers, without a feeling of competition, and more empathy and consideration for everyone who is part of it. This is not a job we can do on our own: giving and receiving emotions is what makes it real, what makes it special.

I want to thank Kat so much for sharing her experiences and opinions, and for the hours she spent with me, taking photos and chatting. Don’t miss to have a look at her work visiting her website: http://www.katterek.com, and Instagram: @katterek.

KatTerek_FlaviaCatena_11riKatTerek_FlaviaCatena_09riKatTerek_FlaviaCatena_12riKatTerek_FlaviaCatena_15riKatTerek_FlaviaCatena_04riKatTerek_FlaviaCatena_03riKatTerek_FlaviaCatena_20riKatTerek_FlaviaCatena_01ri

Advertisements

Photo-shoots back in Milan

Last month I was in Milan to meet up some old friends and breath the fresh Italian air for a few days. That is the city where I started dreaming to be a photographer; among its streets I walked hoping to see the miracle, the perfect image to capture, even just with my own eyes.
It was indeed an emotion to be back in Brera, after more than five years away, to take photos to the lovely Sofya. I used to go to the library, inside the Brera’s Pinacoteca, to read and study, when my future was still unsure but strong my desire to give it the right shape. Following the same memories, I had my second shoot with the beautiful Alexandrina at Indro Montanelli’s Gardens. I lived just a few minutes away from the park, then, and I spent so many spring afternoons walking on its paths, and experimenting with my first camera. I can still remember a day in March when a bunch of children were playing among the trees and soap bubbles were flying in midair. That was one of my first picture. My style has changed and I grew as a photographer since then, but the amazement for beauty has remained the same.

Models: Sofya Berezhko, at Wonderwall Management; Alexandrina Graur, at Brave Models

@2019 Flavia Catena

SofiaBerezhko_FlaviaCatena_09SofiaBerezhko_FlaviaCatena_08SofiaBerezhko_FlaviaCatena_07SofiaBerezhko_FlaviaCatena_05SofiaBerezhko_FlaviaCatena_06SofiaBerezhko_FlaviaCatena_01SofiaBerezhko_FlaviaCatena_02SofiaBerezhko_FlaviaCatena_03SofiaBerezhko_FlaviaCatena_04AlexandrinaGraur_FlaviaCatena_07AlexandrinaGraur_FlaviaCatena_08AlexandrinaGraur_FlaviaCatena_06AlexandrinaGraur_FlaviaCatena_10AlexandrinaGraur_FlaviaCatena_05AlexandrinaGraur_FlaviaCatena_04AlexandrinaGraur_FlaviaCatena_03AlexandrinaGraur_FlaviaCatena_02

Jessica – Beautiful little things

Precious is the flower that stays hidden in a corner, unseen, but yet beautiful, when the sun makes it shine at the end of the day. Precious is the flower that has no name, the one shown and sold on the street, the one offered as a present, the one kept inside a book, dried, as a memory. Precious is your heart which remembers this all.

Some lovely photos from a test shoot with the gorgeous Jessica Fuhrmann, from Linden Staub. Make up: Ceci Wu.

©2019 Flavia Catena

Jess_FlaviaCatena_03Jess_FlaviaCatena_04Jess_FlaviaCatena_05Jess_FlaviaCatena_06Jess_FlaviaCatena_07Jess_FlaviaCatena_08Jess_FlaviaCatena_01Jess_FlaviaCatena_02Jess_FlaviaCatena_09Jess_FlaviaCatena_10Jess_FlaviaCatena_11Jess_FlaviaCatena_12Jess_FlaviaCatena_13Jess_FlaviaCatena_14Jess_lomo010Jess_FlaviaCatena_16Jess_FlaviaCatena_17Jess_FlaviaCatena_19Jess_FlaviaCatena_15Jess_FlaviaCatena_20Jess_FlaviaCatena_21Jess_FlaviaCatena_22Jess_FlaviaCatena_23

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fana

Back to a fashion story shot last autumn with the beautiful and sweet Fana, from Linden Staub. In the amazing location of Richmond Park, we played with vintage and dreaming clothes while the sunlight started fading on the horizon.

Model: Fana Dade, Stylist: Yuriko Hiratsuka; Hair and make up: Ceci Wu; Hats: Elena Shvab

©2018 Flavia Catena

fanatest_flaviacatena_01fanatest_flaviacatena_03fanatest_flaviacatena_04fanatest_flaviacatena_05fanatest_flaviacatena_06fanatest_flaviacatena_07fanatest_flaviacatena_08fanatest_flaviacatena_09fanatest_flaviacatena_10fanatest_flaviacatena_11fanatest_flaviacatena_12fanatest_flaviacatena_13fanatest_flaviacatena_14fanatest_flaviacatena_15fanatest_flaviacatena_16

 

Anastacia

Today I am sharing with you some portraits taken to the beautiful Anastacia, new face at D1Models. Despite the very limited time we had to shoot this – it started raining very badly and the wind did not allow us to work but only to run and seek shelter – I enjoyed this relaxed session, and I am quite happy with the result of it. Many thanks again to my lovely model, and to the British weather which always pushes me to do better despite the difficulties!

Model: Anastacia, at D1Models

anastacia_flaviacatena_01dsc_4935rianastacia_flaviacatena_02anastacia_flaviacatena_03anastacia_flaviacatena_04anastacia_flaviacatena_05anastacia_flaviacatena_13anastacia_flaviacatena_15anastacia_flaviacatena_06anastacia_flaviacatena_07anastacia_flaviacatena_09anastacia_flaviacatena_12anastacia_flaviacatena_16anastacia_flaviacatena_17anastacia_flaviacatena_18anastacia_flaviacatena_19

Paula

These are the last portraits I have taken at the end of the summer with the talented and sweet Paula (have a look at her beautiful Instagram @paula_agnes_art). We met in London and walked around Little Venice, which I found so similar to some areas of Oxford that I regularly explore. The weather was still nice and we enjoyed looking at the trees reflected on the water and at the boats where dreaming people live like in small dolls’ houses. It was such a lovely way to spend a morning outdoors!

©2018 Flavia Catena

Paula_FlaviaCatena_03riPaula_FlaviaCatena_04Paula_FlaviaCatena_05riPaula_FlaviaCatena_08riPaula_FlaviaCatena_12riPaula_FlaviaCatena_14riPaula_FlaviaCatena_15riPaula_FlaviaCatena_19riPaula_FlaviaCatena_22riPaula_FlaviaCatena_24riPaula_FlaviaCatena_28riPaula_FlaviaCatena_30riPaula_FlaviaCatena_31ri

 

Anesu

November is already here and I am still thinking about the summer, as something I have just took my eyes off a few days ago. But months have passed and I still have some photos taken then to share with you. Anesu’s photos, for instance, are among those. We had a lovely, relaxed session in London, and got the chance to explore museums – being a bit adventurous shooting inside one of them – and to chat about art and life. That’s the lovely Anesu!

Model: Anesu Noelle

©2018 Flavia Catena

DSC_1521riDSC_1526riDSC_1531riDSC_1564riDSC_1583riDSC_1587riDSC_1658riDSC_1681riDSC_1640riDSC_1647riDSC_1686riDSC_1708riDSC_1747riDSC_1801riDSC_1825riDSC_1830riDSC_1852riDSC_1856riDSC_1859ri

End of summer

She walks in the wood, bare feet and her hands open to capture the shadows of the hours which are fading away. So, like the summer, and its memories, young and cheerful. Light seems to lift her soul; her eyes rest on a far away lake, and the day is already close to its end.

My last fashion story of the summer, in collaboration with model Morgan Black, stylist Bethany Anne Kelsey and make up artist Francesca Quagliatti.

©2018 Flavia Catena

FlaviaCatena_04FlaviaCatena_06FlaviaCatena_01FlaviaCatena_07FlaviaCatena_09FlaviaCatena_10FlaviaCatena_11FlaviaCatena_13FlaviaCatena_14FlaviaCatena_17FlaviaCatena_19FlaviaCatena_18FlaviaCatena_20FlaviaCatena_22

Rue

“There was something awesome in the thought of the solitary mortal standing by the open window and summoning in from the gloom outside the spirits of the nether world.” Arthur Conan Doyle

A few portraits of the beautiful Rue for D1Models. Make up by the talented Micaela Congia.

©2018 Flavia Catena

DSC_1909DSC_1881DSC_1880DSC_1902DSC_1921DSC_1938DSC_1989DSC_1994DSC_1996DSC_2001DSC_2009DSC_2034DSC_2035DSC_2037DSC_2040DSC_2082DSC_2181

The sky’s daughter

“They say the sky is the same everywhere. Travellers, the shipwrecked, exiles, and the dying draw comfort from the thought, and no doubt if you are of a mystical tendency, consolation, and even explanation, shower down from the unbroken surface.” Virginia Woolf, Jacob’s Room

A fashion story I have worked on in collaboration with model Natasha Samsara, stylist LadyHunterxo and hair and make up artist Laura Onea. Really in love with these photos!

©2018 Flavia Catena

Sky_01Sky_02_2Sky_02DSC_8803riDSC_8816ri.jpgDSC_9005riSky_03Sky_04Sky_05Sky_06Sky_07DSC_9168ro.jpgSky_08Sky_09Sky_10DSC_9354ri.jpgSky_11Sky_12Sky_13Sky_14