I love you as certain dark things are to be loved /
in secret, between the shadow and the soul.

In his 17th sonnet, Chilean poet Pablo Neruda creates beauty out of attempting to describe the indescribable. He first states what his love is not (“I do not love you as if you were salt-rose, or topaz / or the arrow of carnations the fire shoots off“), then admits that his own love is impossible to analyse or explain (“I love you without knowing how, or when, or from where”). And yet it’s in these passages that he manages to convey exactly the emotion – the dark love hiding between shadow and soul, the absolute oneness – that he feels for his beloved.

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Photographer Danilo Fala was inspired by the sonnet to create this shoot, titled Between the Shadow and the Soul. Like Neruda’s words it’s infused with both darkness and light (“I love you as the plant that never blooms / but carries in itself the light of hidden flowers”) with Francesca Ferreri’s styling of black lace and silk dresses on bare skin conveying the mood. Monica Policriti’s hair and makeup adds to the mysterious beauty of model Marianna Di Martino, the girl who loves or is loved for reasons inexplicable with the mystery only making the love stronger. As concludes Neruda, “I love you because I know no other way.”

View the full shoot by Danilo Fala (danilo-fala.tumblr.com) by clicking on the gallery.

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