Una Donna Particolare, Avenue Magazine 1985
When shooting for Avenue Magazine in Naples with Frans Ankoné, Rob Van Dorssen and Apollonia Van Ravenstein, we had a ‘Sophia Loren Impersonation’ in mind for one of the shots. When we discovered a small courtyard where someone had abandoned an ironing board with an iron, ostensibly because of a break from an ironing job, we knew this was our chance.
“Excuse us, but is it possible to use your board and iron for a second to make a picture?”, we asked the woman who just came out of the house. “We want this woman to look like she’s Sophia Loren playing in a scene from Ettore Scola’s movie Una Giornata Particolare.”
“Prego!”, she answered, and invited us in.“Go ahead! But do you realize you’re making a big mistake? Sophia Loren is just a girl from Pozzuoli, you know, on the other side of the bay.” She gestured into the distance. “Ma,” pointing at Apollonia, “questa donna qui è una tigre!”