Friday, May 27, 2011

Photographer: Peter Bagi

Photographer and designer.

Perhaps it is the potted flowers, lovely tables and chairs and decorative fence to greet you. Or the delicious aroma of brioche, fresh focaccia and fougasse bread, pastries, cookies, and much more, all made on site from family recipes dating back to the 1920's in Torino, Italy. Or the 240 plus cheeses neatly displayed in such and appealing and tempting way. Whatever it is, Ottavio's (bakery and delicatessen) history and roots in Italian food, with 80 some years of family tradition, has proved to be intrinsic through the generations.

And although I have not yet visited this lovely spot, located in Victoria, British Columbia, I feel as though I know it already. Peter Bagi has captured the very essence and feeling of Ottavio, with such purity of depiction, and in such a delicious and enticing way. If you visit his website and blog, you will see his love of great food and culture, his eye for clean, minimalistic design, and that his knack for evoking emotions through his lens is completely inherent. When he picks up his camera he captures beautiful living and living with beauty in such an intriguing way. Some weekend this Summer, I hope to skip over to Victoria, book a few nights at Fairholme Manor, have tea at The Empress, explore a few neighbourhoods, and of course, visit Ottavio for a delicious lunch, dessert no doubt, and shop...

Images: courtesy, and with the permission of, Peter Bagi


  1. Sarah, love this images. Such a talented photographer!
    I just made french onion soup, and that chocolate tart or the coffee drink would be perfect.
    Thank you for sharing. I am going to visit his site.
    Have a great holiday weekend.

  2. I live in Victoria and haven't been to Ottavio. Thanks for letting me know about it!

  3. What!!! Amazing! I was just going to say I want to live in these pictures, and then you tell me I can - sort of! I live in Victoria! I can't wait to check it out, it's on the top of my list of things to do now!

    And excuse my profusion of exclamation marks but they are required to help me express the ALL. THE. GLEE! I'm re-blogging for sure!

    Just a Silhouette

  4. wow amazing. those chocolate tartes are a truly work of art. have a lovely weekend, darling. xo

  5. What a marvelous combination of beautiful photography and wonderful location. Good think I don't live closer to Ottavio - I'd probably be spending all my time there!

  6. Wow, these images are stunning! And some how I feel so hungry all of a sudden :) Lovely photography. Have a wonderful and restful weekend Sarah!
    Nancy xo

  7. Dearest Sarah,

    That is really ITALIAN food and indeed, the raw emotions are present in Peter Bagi's photographs. Very well captured!
    Love those bistro style tables and chairs. However it seems that due to severe obesity they're becoming extinct as there are more and more 'monster' size chairs being offered. Too bad.
    Like your previous blog, the elegance of such a svelte model is a pleasure for the eye as it reflects beauty!

    Have a wonderful weekend and lots of love,


  8. Now this is my heaven...hope you have a wonderful holiday weekend Sarah!!

  9. bistro chairs are calling me...
    what is it about them that beg us to sit and stay, linger for awhile over coffees with friends...
    gorgeous photography...


  10. Looks yummy and the Post are Gorgeous!Such a talent & Outstanding Photography Indeed.Thanks for sharing!Those Bistro chairs are severely tempted to Linger for a while, Chatting over coffees w/ friends! So Fun!:)

  11. That image of the croissant was making me hungry before I even read your post! So lovely and I'm sure it's delicious too! Can't wait for coffee in the morning now. Hope you are well Sarah!

    xo Mary Jo

  12. Oh, bread never looked so good! (o.k., I'll admit bread always looks good.. my jeans being tight is proof)! Hope you are well! xo

  13. Len and Alice: I hope you both have a chance to stop by and visit — let me know what your experience was like...

    Mariette: I always so appreciate your comments :)

    Debby: too funny, but I completely understand!


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