Justyna

Summer is almost over, as are my holidays, so it is time to process the last photographs, and plan new projects! Here are some photos from a test shoot done with the lovely Justyna, just a few weeks before she moved from England to Spain. Wishing her all the best, I leave you with these sweet images!

©2017 Flavia Catena

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Neil

It is now three years since I met Neil, quite soon after moving to Oxford. It was one of my first models here in England, and he helped me so much with getting confidence in myself and in the work I am doing. I was then happy to photograph him again, after a long time, this spring. Here are some of the photos we took in his apartment, under the supervision of his playful snake Patrick (see the picture below!).

Model: Indroneel Chatterjee

©2017 Flavia Catena

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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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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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Graduation portraits – Oxford

No, this is not a dream: the best season of the year has finally started, with lots of interesting events and great people to photograph. I could not be more happy! Only a few weeks ago, I had the pleasure to work with Asuka, a lovely japanese girl and a very talented student who successfully graduated from the Oxford University. Here are a few photos I took to her and her husband Sigfrid in a beautiful Sunday afternoon. Congratulations again, and “ad maiora”, as ancient romans used to say!

©2017 Flavia Catena

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Mirror

“For I do not exist: there exist but the thousands of mirrors that reflect me. With every acquaintance I make, the population of phantoms resembling me increases. Somewhere they live, somewhere they multiply. I alone do not exist.” Vladimir Nabokov

Working with reflections, dreams and delusions with the sweet Marlena.

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British artists

As you may know already, craftsmanship and art are a real passion of mine. Since the beginning of my path as a photographer I enjoyed taking photos of people at work. Last summer, with the idea to build a proper series on British creators, I started to contact artists in Oxford and having the pleasure to have them in front of my camera.

In the photos below you can see the work of Itsuko Doherty, a great painter originally from Japan, who studied in Tokyo, at Cornell University and at the Sorbonne, and whose work has been internationally exhibited. It was such an amazing experience to see her painting and to chat in front of a cup of coffee while the neighbours’ cat was snooping around the garden!

A few days earlier, I had the joy to visit and photograph Gabriella Blakey, a lovely lady, originally from Rome, who paints elegant furnitures and works on intaglio, appliqué and inlay using coloured veneers on wood. Mainly speaking about our native country and about art, we spent a really beautiful morning together!

After a few months when I mainly did research for the project, I went back to work on it and I discovered Hannah Shipway’s creations. She is a pround pottery maker, whose beautiful tableware will make you think: “I want one!”. She has her own studio in Oxford, where I was welcomed and where I photographed one of her tipical morning at work, blessed by the sun and fascinated by the shape of the bowls coming up from the wheel.

To know more of these artists, that I dearly thank, I suggest you to visit their website:  https://sites.google.com/site/itsukodoherty/home; https://www.gabriellablakey.co.uk; https://www.jerichostudiopottery.com/

©2016-2017 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

 

Sophia’s Christening

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.

©2016 Flavia Catena

Dove una spiaggia e uno scivolo

“Quando il bambino era bambino,
non sapeva di essere un bambino,
per lui tutto aveva un’anima
e tutte le anime erano un tutt’uno.” dalla poesia Elogio dell’infanzia di Peter Handke

Model: Virginia Tozzi, wearing Zara

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