When a marriage ends, it’s pretty heartbreaking for all involved.
Rafael Mantesso was left feeling pretty abandoned when his wife walked
out on the marriage taking the cookware, furniture, photos and house
decorations with her. Fortunately, she did leave the dog behind – a
man’s best friend – but that was pretty much it.
alone in an empty all-white apartment, it was almost destined that
Mantesso produce something spectacular to fill the blank canvas that now
surrounded him both emotionally and physically. His bull terrier, who
his wife had named Jimmy Choo after her favourite shoes, provided him
with the inspiration to pick himself up, move on and make the best of
best friend began taking snaps of Jimmy around the house and when he
one day collapsed in a glee-overdosed bout of exhaustion, Mantesso took a
marker to the wall that he rest against and created a new world. This
was the moment he felt his long-dormant inspiration for drawing, for
art, for life – returning.
series is intended to be fun and tongue-in-cheek, portraying Jimmy
dreaming of shoes, relaxing with a Martini and even donning the decks.
The illustrations are certainly eye-catching and the juxtaposition
between the bold pops of colour and the crisp white walls honestly
depict Rafael’s personal journey from total nothingness to this
rejuvenated self, rediscovering a former passion and zest for life.
of all the worldly possessions one can have, none can quite equate to
the value of a loved pet – and if that’s paired with a passion such as
art, well that’s just a bonus. Enjoy the rest of the photo series below.
to this man and win to Jimmy the dog too. The last photo pretty much
sums up how the whole series made me feel. That’s one way to keep
yourself busy after a break up.