By my street, a few hundred meters from home, on my way to the studio, there is a Barbershop. I went there for a try, it is really convenient for me but are they ok ? I was welcome by Aiga, one of the team member. As for a first time, she asked how I wanted my hair to be. I said classic, explained and also added that I was not a great fan of going for a hair cut often, I can stay months letting them grow long. It is usually my winter style. Well, she replied that then she will do the cut so my hair will grow nicely over time… A few months letter, instead of having a mess on my head, they were indeed still nicely in place. OK she got me, HairMonky is from now on definitively my barbershop !
Another day, I passed by, wave hello as usual but suddenly turn back to them to share an idea that popped up in my mind with Tommy, the owner. The week after he asked me instead if I would do some pictures for him. Sure, it does not change so much from the getting ready at a wedding.
So here is the result, enjoy HairMonky Barbershop in Riga, a dedicated place for men with a pro team.
Have a close look at Tommy’s tattoo, a pair of scissors, if that’s not a commitment to his job, is it ? Everything feels passion, every single gesture is a picture, done with precision and care and style. So guys, even if you are not from here but wanna spend a week’end discovering the city, don’t forget to pass by the shop.

Two trees and a Legend of Love

Sometime ago, let me check the exif of my pictures… yes it was the 20th of June 2009, exactly 10 years apart from my yesterday’s visit again, I was at the castle of Stameriena, Latvia, making a photo report about the son of Giuseppe Tomasi di Lapedusa (the writer), Gioacchino Lanza Tomasi visiting this castle where his father and wife once lived. Just 10 years, I can’t say why it took me like an urge to go there again without realizing it was such an anniversary.
I had this great opportunity to meet the Prince, thanks to Gabriele Bonafede I met in my early days of my life in Latvia. He was working there as well, but above all he was moved by a dream project to realize a movie about the life of Lampedusa. Luckily he was the current prince’s acquaintance. This is how I found myself following them into a journey in the great story of a legendary writer.
Walking in the park I came across those two binding trees, I vaguely remembered something was told about them related to Love. I took a picture. Editing the picture my idea was to asked Gabriele to tell me more. He promptly replied to me saying that there is indeed a Legend of Love that he is revealing in a very special way into the book he wrote last year about the story of Lampedusa. Here follows the text he kindly wrote for me :


Interview by The Wedding Magazine Ligavam

Latvian Wedding Magazine Ligavam
Latvian Wedding Magazine Ligavam Interview

Proud to be interviewed by the Superb Latvian Wedding Magazine Ligavam.
Portrait photo by Vladimir Svetlov & Anna Volkova.
Great thanks to Iveta Rikmane & Liene Palena.