Archive for September, 2010

It was May when I took pictures during the European Gymnastics Championship in Birmingham and today I was having a look the Italian Federation web site and I saw my picture in the front cover of the last issue of the magazine “Il Ginnasta” and many more inside.

You can see more pictures online on: http://www.federginnastica.it/materiale/ilGinnasta/2010_2/

September 25th, 2010

The French phrase ‘La Belle Epoque’ refers to the pre-war ‘fine period’ typified by extravagant dressing and the height of luxury living for the elite.

At the door Nadia give me a really nice welcome. She is very nice with me, she brings me inside and she orders a drink at the bar, a nice cocktail with a delicate taste of lemon. It sounds to be in the 20’s in America, but I am in East London. Can can dancers, acrobatic performance, Montmarte music, corsets and much more. The room is quite dark, few chandeliers light the bar upstairs, some spotlights light up the acrobats, a nice woman makes face paintings and red curtains on the walls give a touch of glamour to the room. But the modern disco music during the last two hours I think is not really appropriate.

The Last Tuesday Society is a ‘Pataphysical organization founded by William James at Harvard in the 1870s and presently run by The Chancellor, Mr.Viktor Wynd and the Tribune, Suzette Field with the aid of The Fellows of The Society.

It is devoted to exploring and furthering the esoteric, literary and artistic aspects of life in London and beyond.

The party on Saturday night is near Charing Cross. Outside it doesn’t look a public club, but once you open the door some stairs go down, you can feel under your feet a soft carpet and listen some old music. At the entrance a nice woman give to everybody a peacock plume. People are really elegant and a tall “lady”, who looks like a child, with a pink miniskirt, walk around with a plastic doll taking care of it. It is surreal.

“an achievement in art or in letters grows more interesting when we begin to percieve its connections; and indeed it maybe said that the study of connections is the recognised function of intellegent criticism”

Henry Jame


“One must give one’s body pleasure, so that one’s soul is happy there”

Viktor Wynd



Amanda Wakeley

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Issa London

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London Fashion Week

Posted: September 23, 2010 in fashion
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SIx days of pure fashion during the London Fashion Week and six days of hard work. Many designers show their new collection for next year. Different styles: classical, modern,  colorful, black and white, etc. It has been a nice experience.

Jasper Conran

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Thursday September 9th

I heard about a vintage night in occasion of the 4th birthday of the comedy “The 39 Steps” at Criterion Theatre in Piccadilly Circus. When I arrive there I meet Fleur de Guerre and I thank her because she gave me the contact of the office where I asked for the permission to come and take pictures at the vintage night. John Buchan’s classic novel The 39 Steps has been consistently popular since it was first published in 1915. Two films have been made after and this new version at the theatre mix the previous one. The comedy celebrate 4 years of shows after 95 years since the original novel.

The table in the middle of the room is plenty of small pastry made by The Vintage Patisserie. I taste some of them and to be honest they are too sweet and not really good, but maybe I am too exigent because I am Italian. I don’t think so, anyway. The bartenders are serving vodka and orange juice and three women doing vintage hairdressing  and make up and nice 40’s music by Johnny Vercoutre of Time for Tea.

Saturday September 11th.

I take two bus to get to the secret location in Dalston. I have the address and the name of the Club: BOYS CLUB. I look for it, but it is so difficult to find it. I ask someone in the street, but they don’t knowexactly where it is. Ok. I decide to go back to the bus stop and have a look the map there. So, now I know where the street is located. I find it but at the number I have I can see a sort of house which looks like a church and finally I can read on the top of the main door BOYS CLUB. Great news. I knock the door and someone open it. At the entrance a couple of guys were chatting in front of decadent stairs and old frames on the wall. I go through another door and a nice lady seats at a table with the light of only one candle. I told her my name and explain that I talked by email with Die-Freche Muse but she says that this is the name of the party, while she is looking for my name with difficulty. Finally after 2 minutes she find myself and I have free access. The light is very low, the place is surreal, the music is from the 40’s and the people wearing vintage clothes is busy for drinking and chatting. The atmosphere is amazing. Lovely girls are around. They are really fascinating. Baron Von Sanderson is the organizer of the event. On the balcony upstairs people smoke and slowly the room, during the night, smell of smoke. A nice Asian woman perform burlesque, a singer sing live French songs while a gentleman play a classical guitar. The dj plays vintage music and people have fun dancing in couple, like many years ago. There is also a group of very young guys. Vintage doesn’t have age!!!!

Another day spent shooting rugby. The Women’s Rugby World Cup Final was exciting, England v New Zealand. The atmosphere was warm and, off course, most of the people were English supporter, but the All Black supporter were loud anyway in the North Side. New Zealand won for only 3 points, 13:10.

You can have a look more pictures on: http://www.demotix.com/news/431123/womens-rugby-world-cup-final-england-v-new-zealand

All afternoon shooting rugby at Twickenham Stadium in London. Two Premiership matches with 75000 people attending this event, London Irish won against Saracens and a draw in the match London Wasps v Harlequins. Great sunny day. I was missing sport.

You can have a look the gallery on: http://www.demotix.com/news/429181/aviva-premiership-match-london-wasps-v-harlequins


Last Monday I went to shoot the huge parade of Notting Hill Carnival in London. I shot for more than 5 hours. It was a lovely day. Sunshine all day and a lot of fun for the visitors and the performers. Second only to Rio’s Carnival , the Notting Hill Carnival celebrates freedom trough music, movement and masquerade.
More than 1 million visitors watched the thousands of artists perform over the two-day August bank holiday.
Flamboyant costumes, eclectic music and fantastically adorned floats all contributed to the iconic event.
The parade ran for 3.5 miles in London, from Westbourne Park with thousand performers.

You can buy some pictures from Alamy on: http://www.alamy.com/stock-photography/C0D7B736-EEFB-4491-82CF-27C1EA9E752D/1/Marco%20Mega.html

And you can see the complete gallery on: http://www.demotix.com/news/425216/parade-during-carnival-notting-hill-2010.