Federico Protto

Federico Protto

nation of light: Anita shows us her favorite trees and plants in her garden while her daughter Anna photographes her in different outfits I styled from my archive

The little box trees (buxus sempervirens) rest in their pots. The box tree is an amusing companion, cheeky and pixy: a botanical sprite. Guided by his headstrongness he can become several hundred years old. In Ireland you encounter savage growing box trees:
they grow wild and never got trimmed into shape.
Very bizarre – cheerful and magical pixies.


This is one of the giant cottonwoods, the tallest trees growing in the back, at the border of our garden. I call them my Pappelschwestern (poplar sisters), the announcers, the ominous ones.
These aspens (populus tremula), whose foliage trembles and jingles from the slightest breeze, announce any kind of change in weather, they warn us of the storm and the tempest. They expose transitions of any kind. Spirit tree ladies commonly inhabit the cottonwoods.


This is the small linden tree (tilia). Although we can only see the tree trunk in these pictures, she is a true queen of healing through and through! Not only fresh tea from the linden leaves heals – but also her scent during spring times spirits any gloomy melancholia away!
The deep gaze into the linden blossom enlightens the inner vital light! She is a very old and powerful protecting tree. But also the blue of this coat has a healing effect – blue purifies and disinfects!


The stock of a tree I am holding wearing the white and blue striped shirt belonged to a birch tree (betula).
Also, she is a tree of healing and protecting magic. A tree of light, especially for all young women. For adult women, she harbors wisdom and also the silver and white hair. During spring-time she gives us fresh juice, it detoxifies and contains new life energy.

(from ‘fashion & LIGHT ’, December 2017)


Anita Lerke, Anna-Sofie Lugmeier & Federico Protto

photography anna-sofie lugmeier
model & text anita lerke
styling federico protto

all garments federico protto except
rubber boots, wool blanket  model’s own
red tainted glasses stylist’s own