"Passions" photography project | ©Marianna Zampieri

“Passions” with Photographer Marianna

Marianna and her cat, Arthur.

In April, I did a profile on Marianna, an amateur photographer in Vicenza, Italy, who photographs stray cats and also does her part to help homeless cats find their forever homes. You can read her first profile here and learn more about what she does for stray and rescued cats.

With her love for cats and photography, Marianna started a project she calls Passions. Marianna tells us about her project, where she photographs professions from singers and writers to artists and dancers – with cats!

Marianna is quick to point out that all of her pictures are taken with respect for each cat, nothing is pretend or forced. She creates the atmosphere (with the model) and just waits for the cat to do what he wants.

Passions by Marianna

After a couple of years of photographing cats, I decided to do something different. So, I thought about my new project called ‘Passions’.

Through the photos of this project, I try to capture the relationship between cats and the people they live with when they are sharing moments of pleasure, engaged in a particular art or a pastime they like best.

Thanks to this project, I have had the possibility to meet new people and so many different cats, each with a different character, different behavior and habits.

Every chapter of Passions has a different theme and it is not always easy to realize; cats are very unpredictable and this is the hardest part of the project. They just don’t do want you want, when you want. I cannot expect anything; I just try and wait to see what happens.

From the beginning of the project, I have created 16 different volumes and I am very proud of the result.

Selections from Passions

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The volume shown below is a special edition of Marianna’s project, called Street Edition. In Marianna’s own words:

“This is a special edition of my photo project, born by chance when I was lucky enough to attend a lunch led by a volunteer with a cat colony in Rome.

I took these pictures that really excited me, with evidence of a deep and profound bond, and I realized that maybe they could be the subject of a new chapter, a sort of ‘Street’ album, special and unintentional.

Dedicated to all of the volunteers who make the cats of the colony their passion without asking anything, but receiving a pure love that I know they will recognize in these pictures. Thank you to all for your work.”

Street Edition

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And finally, two of Marianna’s favorite photos, naturally, her boyfriend and her cat!

A big thank you to Marianna for sharing her beautiful “Passions” project with us – and also for helping stray and homeless cats. You can follow Marianna on Instagram and Flickr and also connect with her I gatti di Vicenza Facebook page, which is her page dedicated to helping rescued cats find forever homes in Italy.

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  1. This is such a beautiful project! It pretty much combines two of my biggest passions: cats and photography! This has inspired my to try something similar. Thanks for sharing it!

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  3. Wonderful photos! Thank you for sharing Marianna’s work and interview with us … she really captures the interaction and emotional exhange between humans and cats! :)

  4. I follow her on Instagram and love her photos. I love that she doesn’t force the photos and just creates the mood and waits for the right the moment. I think the street theme and the dancer theme are my favorites.

  5. These are beautiful and what a great idea. I did get a bit confused when reading who was ‘I’ – you or the photographer. I assume you are interviewing her. There are so many homeless cats it breaks my heart.

  6. I absolutely loved the street photos!! Oh my were they ever great!! This is really a fantastic project, and I enjoyed her “passion” for knowing she’s doing her part to see kitties getting adopted!

  7. Gorgeous photos! What a talent! (I might be biased, but I like the orange kitty pics the best.) And for the record, there need to be WAY more pics of men with cats on the internet!

  8. This project is amazing and inspiring! I just love the way she is able to capture the essence of both the human and the cat at once. Absolutely beautiful.