I would like to ask you,
to grant me at least one wish,
leave, go far away,
May 27th 2008, Alda Merini recited this poem while I was photographing her in her apartment on Naviglio Grande in Milan. She agreed to pose for me only after I gave her two lighters which I bought subsequently she kicked me out the fist time for being a non-smoker and so with no "fire".
The meeting with Alda Merini was one of the most charming that my work has ever reserved for me.