I captured Lino Marmorato in the image above. A truly delightful subject for my camera, and a retired Genovese referee too.
I was attending the 19° Trofeo Fulvio Currò, up in the mountains near Genova, in a place called Torriglia. The football competition is an annual event, organised as a memorial to Fulvio, son, brother, and friend of those attending.
It felt like a privilege to be there. And as I photographed the day unfolding, I realised the thing I most wanted to capture was the deep sense of friendship and affection on display.
It was a sweet afternoon of old friends greeting one another, with quite some mocking, and so much laughter. And some football too.
And then came the evening, a dinner in Ostaia Becassa ... a place where my football team is honoured. You get an idea of it here ... note the rossoblù mementos, Genoa mementos, all over the walls, in this clip not related to Fulvio's evening.
I hadn't imagined such a place existed but it does The food was good, and the company ... even better.
Some more from the day ...