Milan, I never really wanted to visit you. You were not a place of my heart and you were not a special wish on my travel-to-do list. But I sat there now, on my girlfriend’s 25th birthday and we looked at her engagement pictures together. We did it in the mountains near Austria and it was fantastic. That’s when I spontaneously came up with the idea: I like to do a shoot in Italy! And my friend Kathrin answered immediately: Let’s do this! It can be so easy if you are spontaneous. And the plan was already set, we are going to Italy! We immediately chose a destination, as a first choice Rome came to mind. Rome is gorgeous, big and has just charm. Some years ago I was in the city for two days and i really loved it, but I was there in the cold winter and it rained continuously. That’s why my memories of Rome were rather rainy and gray, but I definitely wanted to give the city another chance. However, the time span in which the two could be extremely small and the flight fare to Rome was extremely high. And then Milan came to mind, why not Milan? The cathedral, the shopping streets and the hopefully fantastic weather, that just has to be awesome. I did not know much about Milan at the time, but I was curious about what it would be like. The decision was made and we booked the flight to Milan in the next few days. How ingeniously spontaneous was that?
Unfortunately, the Italian weather welcome us with rain and thick clouds. But since Kathrin travels only with good weather, at least the rain stopped and we photographed with sun in our hearts. Kathrin’s yellow dress was looking forward to spring and we strolled through the streets looking for great motives. At the cathedral square, a street musician played “Sultans of Swing”, in that brief moment I knew I was right. This song is probably not my favorite song, but it has accompanied me for years. The musician was not the best, but hearing this song and seeing the gigantic cathedral in the background was just so unrealistic. Kathrin took Matze by the hand and they just danced. It was just the perfect timing to go to this city at that time, it was THE feeling and I was so happy that with these two I am exactly where I belonged. I was just happy, HAPPY without end. It was magical to see how they looked each other in the eye, so loose and unconstrained, just real. They glittered like little stars in the night sky. That’s what moves me about love and photography between two people. Behind us, some Chinese photographers have gathered to photograph my couple, but the two have not been distracted. It was as if the two were completely alone on the cathedral square, without people around. Just as Kathrin looked at Matze, this is love. Simple and easy. During the next nights, I thought a lot about these moments between the two. But the bitter truth was, I was scared. Damn big scared because of the future. But this moment on the cathedral square has shown me that I’m on the right track.
In the evening we wanted to eat delicious Italian food and we were were looking for a good restaurant on Tripadvisor. And tada: we landed in a fancy restaurant that took off our jackets. First we were served sparkling champagne and we were amazed. Actually, I do not need such a thing, I rather stand on small, unconstrained restaurants without a lot of bells and whistles. But the food was excellent and it was a nice evening with these two.
Italy was great, Milan was great, both of you were great, this trip was great. And I was glad to have done it and that you were right there. LUCKY ME!